hist-games: Frequently Asked Questions -- Part II (Monthly Posting)
salley at niktow.canisius.edu
Mon Nov 10 11:24:40 PST 1997
Welcome to the Medieval and Renaissance Games FAQ file! - Part II
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10.) Is the game [ X ] period?
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.
CHECKERS or DRAUGHTS
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
To be updated later this week.
Apologies for posting the FAQs a week late, but I've had the week from Hell;
one car breakdown, three job interviews, sixteen hours of overtime.
This week looks to be saner, I should be able to type up my notes on the
above games and add them to the FAQ files.
This week's games are:
FOOTBALL -- specifically not period, but object-into-goal games
were popular, anyone want to write up a summary?
GOLF -- invented in Scotland in period. More details welcome.
THE GREAT DALMUTI -- invented by Dagonell who will never have to
work again except for cashing those royalty checks :-)
Seriously, I'm including this on the list because it DOES get
asked of me at demos and such.
HOCKEY -- Not a clue!
HOPSCOTCH -- children's version of a Roman legionnaire's exercise,
similar to the way modern football players run through truck tires.
-- Dagonell (The _EVIL_ twin,
Justin is the goody-twoshoes! ;-)
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