hist-games: Emperador/ El Medio Emperador (tables)

Musée Suisse du Jeu u.schaedler at museedujeu.com
Mon Jan 12 23:48:19 PST 2004

Murray's account of Backgammon boards is not free of errors. It is important
to read the sources directly, for example Alfonso's description of emperador
in his book of games or the ms. Royal 13 A18 (published in Fiske, Chess in
Iceland). This will give you a better idea.
Best wishes
Ulrich Schädler
Swiss Museum of Games
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Padget" <bapadget at yahoo.com>
To: <hist-games at pbm.com>
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2004 2:36 PM
Subject: hist-games: Emperador/ El Medio Emperador (tables)

> I'm currently trying to puzzle out Emperador/ Ludus
> Anglicorum/ Testa/ Tieste from Chapter 6, section
> 6.2.25 of Murray's _History of Board Games Other Than
> Chess_.  (p. 124 in my copy of it).  Specifically, I'm
> trying to work out what "limpholding" and "lurching"
> are.  Contrary to his usually clear (but almost *too*
> concise) notation, here Murray refers to the
> "opposite" side of the table and to one's own side,
> without defining them.  I believe that a player's half
> or side of the table would be the two tables that
> include his entry table,  (Using Murray's notation,
> points a thru m for player C.), but I'd like to be
> sure.
> I'm also concerned that limpolding and lurching seem
> to describe very particular and rare positions, to the
> point of reminding me of Captain Kirk's "fizbin" game.
> Then you have El Medio Emperador/ Ludus Lombardorum,
> which is said to be the same game, but confined to
> half the board -- the player's entry and bearing
> tables.
> So...any help at all puzzling these games out would be
> welcome.
> Regards,
> Niccolo
> bapadget at yahoo.com
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