hist-games: Kingy (revised query!)

Del del at babel.com.au
Fri Nov 5 14:18:18 PST 1999

Sarah Wakely wrote:
> Thanks to everyone for your messages, sorry I was a bit vague. 'Kingy' (or
> the game that we in my re-enactment group refer to as Kingy!) is
> (apparently) a miltary training game which is played with a hard ball and
> bucklers. The first person with the ball has to try to throw it at one of
> the others, who run round and try to dodge it using the buckler to swipe it
> away. If it touches them  on any part of their body they become 'it'along
> with the first person. The winner is the last one left who has not been hit
> with the ball. It's quite exhausting but great fun.
> My question is: does anyone know a) if we're playing it correctly, b) if
> it's known by any other name, and c) what are its origins? I know it's a lot
> to ask, but I'd love to know if anyone has any info about it!
> Regards to you all,
> Sarah
> London

I first played this game in primary school.  It was called "British
Bulldog" and we didn't have bucklers.  The underlying theme of the game
was not only to hit people with the ball, but to hit them *hard*.  :)

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