hist-games: Freq. Asked Ques. -- Part II : B

David Salley salley at niktow.canisius.edu
Sun Oct 26 11:59:13 PST 1997

10.) Is the game [ X ] period?

Last week's answers:
>	Backgammon is a just-post-period variant of an ancient family of 
>	games called Tables. A close relative, "Irish", probably dates 
>	back to the middle ages.  Irish is played identically to backgammon
>	with the following exceptions: no doubling cube, no second turn on
>	'doubles', and no higher payoffs for 'gammons' or other wins.
>					-- Justin du Couer
>	Games involving throwing or rolling balls towards various numbers 
>	of target pins go back at least to the 12th century, and probably 
>	earlier. Some of these games were played with weighted or 
>	non-spherical balls that rolled in an arc rather than a straight 
>	line.  Other related games involved throwing sticks at pins rather 
>	than rolling a ball at them.  Non-pin bowling, where the aim is to 
>	come closest to a smaller target ball, is also very old.
>					-- Dafydd ap Gwystl 
>	Strictly 20th century in origin.  
>	Brought back from the Crusades as a variant of Al-Querques
>	Modern chess is late-period, but is close to versions known 
>	throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Probably originated 
>	in India before 1000AD, and spread everywhere from there. 
>	See "A History of Chess" by H.R.Murray or the Historical Chess 
>	Variants Webpage linked to the Medieval & Renaissance Games Webpage
>					-- Justin du Couer

This week's topics:
	Invented by Chinese immigrants working on the American railroads
	in the Old West, circa 1860.

	Brought to Victorian England by Alice Liddell who claims she played
	the game with members of the Royal Family in an unspecified country.
	;-) ;-) ;-)

	After the American Abner Doubleday invented baseball, the British,
	in an insane fit of jealousy, invented Cricket and then re-wrote
	the Encyclopedia Britannica entry to make it look as if they had
	invented Cricket first! ;-) ;-) ;-)

	English in origin??

	So-so game, worse pizza.
							-- Dagonell
		(Who's celebrating his 6th wedding anniversary this weekend!)

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