Cloth Games

Historically accurate games handpainted on fine cotton cloth!

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Tablut

2 players, 30 minutes

History:

Tablut originated among the Lapps in the far north of Scandinavia. In Tablut, the central square represents the Swedish throne. The 8 Swedish armies defend the throne against 16 Muscovite armies who have attacked the castle.

List Price: $17.95 

 

Tablero de Jesus
List Price: $24.95
A tavern style board game.

The Game of Goose
List Price: $24.95
A simple race game from Europe.

Gloucester Tabulae Set

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PLAYERS: 2

ORIGIN: 1000AD, England
STYLE: Strategy/table game
SKILL LEVEL: Medium
STRATEGY LEVEL: Medium
LUCK LEVEL: A bit of luck
TIME REQUIRED: 20-25 minutes

History:
This board is based on the design of the Gloucester Tabulae Set, the oldest surviving backgammon set. Dating to around 1100 AD, it was found in an archaeological excavation on the site of an early Norman castle in Gloucester. The Royal Game of Ur is said to be an ancestor of the game, but you can’t play modern backgammon.

Details:
This 100% cloth gameboard measures 15″x20″ and is hand colored with permanent fabric dye. An 8 page booklet and 30 wood playing pieces complete this portable game set. Rules are included for a medieval style game, Chasing the Girls, Sixe-Ace,Fayles, Tourney-Case, and modern backgammon.

There are only 3 sets left at this time. Bright yellow with black vines and a bit of red trim. Royal blue and red with green vines. Green and Blue in a solid pattern, no knotwork.
List Price: $24.95
An early version of Backgammon.

Royal Game of Ur

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PLAYERS: 2
ORIGIN: 2,500 BC Mesopotamia
STYLE: Race Game
SKILL LEVEL: Medium
STRATEGY LEVEL: Medium
LUCK LEVEL: Medium
TIME REQUIRED: 30-45 minutes

This board game was discovered in Mesopotamia (present day Iraq) in the
1920’s. Excavated from a number of royal tombs at Ur, this game dates back
more than 4,500 years. The game seems to have been popular among the
Sumerian ruling classes and it was customary to place boards in the tomb of
the dead to help them pass the time pleasantly during the journey to the next
world.

It gets its name from the two board games which were found in tombs by Sir Leonard Wooley, who was carrying out excavations in the ancient city of Ur in the 1920s.

Details:
This 100% cloth gameboard measures 15″x15″ and is hand colored with permanent fabric dye. An 8 page booklet, 14 wood playing pieces and a set of casting sticks complete this portable game set.

List Price: $17.95

12 Men Morris

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2 Player, 30 minutes

Fabric, hand inked, with hardwood or glass markers

History:

It was popular in the 14th century, but earlier versions with fewer than nine pieces have been found dating back to 1400 BC.
List Price: $17.95

Draughts

PLAYERS: 2
ORIGIN: probably Southern France, about 1000AD
STYLE: strategy/table game
SKILL LEVEL: easy to learn
STRATEGY LEVEL: Moderate
LUCK LEVEL: None
TIME REQUIRED: 20-25 minutes
History:Draughts, was invented sometime in the 1000AD, probably in the south of France. The
medieval game Fieges, used a chess board, the pieces from a backgammon set, and
the moves of Alquerque. Each player had 12 pieces, named after the queen in chess
‘fers’ or ‘fierges’. They also had her power of movement, one square diagonally,
forwards or backwards.
Early forms of Alquerque, an ancestor to draughts, have been found in Egypt dating at
least as early as 600BC. Alquerque boards can be seen carved into the stone slabs
which form the roof of the great temple at Kurna, Egypt, which was built in 1400BC.
About 1535AD compulsory capture of an enemy pieces at risk was introduced and an
attacking pieces which missed the opportunity paid the penalty by being ‘huffed’ and
removed from the board. This new version was called Jeu Force, and the older version
became Jeu Plaisant.

Details:
This 100% cloth gameboard measures 15″x15″ and is hand colored with permanent fabric dye. An 8 page book and 24 wood playing pieces complete this portable game set.

List Price: $17.95

Rithmomachia – The Philosophers’ Game

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PLAYERS: 2
ORIGIN: 11th Century Europe
STYLE: Strategy/table game
SKILL LEVEL: Advanced
STRATEGY LEVEL: Advanced
LUCK LEVEL: None
TIME REQUIRED: an hour or so.

History:
Rithmomachia is a complex mathematical game that was widely played in western Europe between the early 11th century and the late 17th century, when Chess overtook it in popularity.

The name “Rithmomachia” is a Latinate word derived from the Greek roots _rithmos_ “number” and _mache_ “battle” — hence, “The Battle of Numbers”. It was also known as “The Philosopher’s Game” — “philosopher” being the medieval term for a learned person such as a scientist or mathematician.

Details:
This 100% cloth gameboard measures 15″x20″ and is hand colored with permanent fabric dye. An 8 page booklet and over 60 wood playing pieces complete this portable game set.

List Price: $19.95

9 Men Morris
List Price: $17.95
Nine Men Morris set, with an Egyptian theme.