Scopa, meaning "sweep, broom", is a family of popular Italian games, played in most regions of the. The rules to Laugh and Lie Down appeared in Francis Willughby's Book of Games (c. ). The first published rules to Scopa itself appear over two hundred. (Briscola Rules!) (Scopa means broom or sweep in Italian. The object of the game is to sweep, or clean, the table of cards). Just a few words about cards that are.