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Touring
Touring
by Parker Brothers, University Games, Copp Clark Publishing Company, Wallie Dorr Co., Collett-Sproule Boxes, Limited, Touring Card Company (1906)
Player Count
2 to 6

Player Ages
8+

Playing Time
30 minutes
Categories
  • Card Game
  • Racing
  • Sports
  • Designers
  • William Janson Roche
  • Mechanisms
  • Set Collection
  • Take That
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    Description

    Touring is a card game with the theme of an automobile trip. Players are competing to be the first one to complete a prescribed set of mileage cards. In all versions of the game you need 16 mileage cards to win. From lowest to highest value cards, the required counts are 8, 4, 2 and 2. Other players will try to slow you down by playing cards against you which cause you to lose mileage cards, or to play "problem" cards which you must remove by playing a corresponding "remedy" card.

    The game can be played in partnership for the 4- and 6-player versions, with each partnership playing as a single driver.

    Touring was originally published in 1906 by the Touring Card Company, then sold by Wallie Dorr, and then later picked up by Parker Brothers in 1924. Winning Moves Games currently (2015) holds the trademark for and publishes Touring. If the mechanics sound familiar, it is the inspiration for the game Mille Bornes, which has since become more popular.

    As driving technology improved, card names and depicted mileage values became outdated and were thus replaced with longer distances. There are multiple sets of rules, which reflect these changes. A recent edition added some card categories.

    The action card types are different between Touring and Mille Bornes. For example, Mille Bornes adds the "protective" cards, e.g. Emergency Vehicle which allows you to ignore speed limits. Thus in Mille Bornes a player has more decisions to make.

    See also:
    • The Lindy Flying Game - A 1927 Nucraft Toys version of Touring based on Charles Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic.
    • Lindy, the New Flying Game - 1927 Parker Brothers sequel where Touring card play has been themed on Charles Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic.
    • Mille Bornes - A similar game to Touring, first published in 1954.
    • Wings: The Air Mail Game - Another "flying" game like Lindy, but card deck split into two parts with different colors.
    • Stap op - The Dutch adaptation (bikes!) of the classic game Touring, from 1950 and still published today.

    Stap op is the Dutch adaptation (bikes!) of the classic American game Touring (cars!).

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