hist-games: alea evangelii

Damian Walker damian at snigfarp.karoo.co.uk
Wed Aug 16 01:02:05 PDT 2006

Quoting Jane & Mark Waks's message of Yesterday:

> Good question. As far as I can tell, the game was popularized in the SCA by 
> Baron Sallamallah (Jeff DeLuca), through his book "Medieval Games". The 
> description there is terse, basically saying that it's a large form of tablut 
> -- which more or less follows Murray's lead. So while I'm not sure of the 
> origin of the reconstruction (the book is a nice primer, but doesn't have 
> bibliography or footnotes), it probably started from Murray.

The main problem with Murray's rules probably occurs with this, then, 
that the combination of a capturing king, himself being captured on four 
sides, who wins upon reaching the edge of the board, is very difficult 
for the attackers.  The fact that in alea evangelii a blockade is very 
nearly formed might help the attackers, but I tend to favour rules that 
make the sixteen corner intersections the destination for the king.

Damian - http://damian.snigfarp.karoo.net/

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