It is believed that many years ago in England, the game of Quoits or Ring Toss became so popular that it was prohibited by Edward III and Richard II to encourage archery.
Despite this the popularity of the game during the 19th and early 20th centuries also gave rise to several variants, usually with the aim of allowing the game (or a version of it) to be played indoors or making it accessible to women and children.
Games such as ringtoss or hoopla became popular as parlour games whilst versions such as indoor quoits allowed pubs and taverns to maintain their quoits teams through the winter months. Deck quoits began life some time in the early 1930s as a pastime to occupy passengers on long cruises.
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