The games we play mirror the world we live in, like popular art. There was a time when friends and family played indoor games by the fireside and enjoyed countless hours of pleasure and amusement. Children don’t play card games so much because they prefer computer games, the ultimate excitement. Antique and vintage card games offer documentary evidence, as well as nostalgic memories, of the social interaction, fashions and stereotypes of bygone days and are a study in social anthropology.
French card games are mostly Jeux des Sept Familles or cheaper Jeux des Familles with only 5 families. They used to produce a lot of word games. German games are often pleasing on the eye, and they seem to favour quartette games. USA love quartets of world worthies like authors, painters, composers, but in more modern times they have gone for playing cards with esoteric, magical or horrific themes. Games are not simply an escape from the real world, they’re a place to process what has happened in the real world.