Author Archives: Ian Piddington

About Ian Piddington

I have been involved in re-enactment since 1993. My main group now is the SCA in New Zealand. Within the SCA I am Baron Sympkyn of the Moor

Games

I am a big lover of games. I have a number of period and period-esq games and I am slowly adding to it. I’ve added a section specifically for games to make them easier to find.

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Gl├╝ckshaus

Glückshaus, is German for “lucky house,” or “house of fortune” and seems to be a modern name for a simple German gambling game using dice, coins/tokens, and a board dating back to the 1500’s. Continue reading

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Knucklebones

Knucklebones, also known as scatter jacks, snobs, astragaloi (singular: astragalus), tali, dibs, fivestones, jacks, or jackstones, among many other names, is a game of dexterity played with a number of small objects that are thrown up, caught, and manipulated in various manners. It is ancient in origin and is found in various cultures worldwide. Continue reading

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Ludus latrunculorum

Ludus Latrunculorum, Latrunculi, or simply Latrones ("the game of brigands", or "the game of soldiers" from Latrunculus, diminutive of Latro, mercenary or highwayman) was a two-player strategy board game played throughout the Roman Empire. It is said to resemble chess or draughts, but is generally accepted to be a game of military tactics. Because of the scarcity of sources, reconstruction of the game’s rules and basic structure is difficult, and therefore there are multiple interpretations of the available evidence. Continue reading

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Three Mans Morris

Number of players: 2 Type of game: Board Period: 1400BC+ History Also called Merrils, or The Mill Game, Morris has been played in various forms, for over 3,000 years. The oldest boards have been found in The Temple of Kourna … Continue reading

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12-Mans Morris

Number of players: 2 Type of game: Boardgame Period: 14th Century History Also called Merrils, or The Mill Game, Morris has been played in various forms, for over 3,000 years. The oldest boards have been found in The Temple of … Continue reading

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Nine Mans Morris

History. Also called Merrils, or The Mill Game, Morris has been played in various forms, for over 3,000 years. The oldest boards have been found in The Temple of Kourna in Egypt, and date from the 14th century B.C. A similar board was found in a neolithic burial in County Wicklow, Ireland. In the 13th century A.D. it appeared in the Spanish King Alphonso X’s "Book of Games." Continue reading

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One & Thirty

Number of players: 2+ Type of game: Card Period: 15th Century History One of the games mentioned by Bernadine of Sienne in his anti-gaming sermon in 1440, and is one of the many ancestors to modern Blackjack (See also, Bone-Ace), … Continue reading

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Mijnlieff

Imagine noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) but with the need to think several moves ahead and with each piece having a particular power and control over your opponent. This is Mijnlieff (Pronounced "Mine-leaf"). Try to create the most lines of 3 counters in your colour. Continue reading

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Tak

Tak is a period-esq game that comes from the novel, The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. It is an easy game to learn but a hard one to master Continue reading

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