games, Dice, & Eyeball Monsters
Various games started in medieval times or even earlier, including modern favorites like chess and checkers. Others are rare today despite being just as much fun. Our cotton game-boards are also carrying pouches for the pieces, with the rules for the games printed on the inside of the board, so no more losing the instructions to the games.
CHESS, CHECKERS, BACKGAMMON, BYZANTINE CHESS, & NINE-MEN MORRIS
As with any chess board, it can also be set up for checkers, and the same pieces used on the Nine-Men Morris, Byzantine Chess, or Backgammon board on the reverse, crafted in a choice of three styles: Small sets (pieces ½" W and boards 8 ¼" H x 8 ¼" W, or Backgammon set at 8 ¼" H x 6 ¾" W); Stamped Sets (pieces 1" W with boards 11" H x 11" W, or Backgammon set 11" H x 14 ¼" W); and Carved sets in unglazed or glazed (pieces ¾-1 ¼" H x ¾" W, boards 11" H x 11" W, or Backgammon set 11" H x 14 ¼" W). The Carves pieces are based on Scandinavian finds of both Viking and Islamic origin. Usually carved of bone, wood, or antler, there were also ceramic examples.
|| HNEFATAFL (aka "KING'S TABLE"), FOX & GEESE, & NINE-MEN
Pronounced "nef-ah-tah-fel," meaning King's Table in old Norse, this game was extremely popular in its time--and it is easy to see why. The set consists of one king with 12 defenders against 24 attackers on an 11x11board. All the king must do to win is reach one of the king-squares in the corner while the attackers must capture the king by boxing him in. This game comes in 2 sizes, both with the Nine-Men Morris and Fox & Geese boards on the reverse: Small ( ½" W pieces on 8 ¼" H x 8 ¼" W board) or Carved (pieces ¾-1 ¼" H x ¾" W with 11" H x 11" W board) either unglazed or glazed.
GO, PENTE, REVERSI, & CHECKERS
Though Go and Checkers are old games with long histories, Reversi (also known as Othello) was only invented in the 1880s and Pente (though based on Go) wasn't invented until the 1970s. A small version of Go is paired with Pente on one side, with Checkers and Reversi paired on the reverse ( ½" W pieces on 8 ¼" H x 8 ¼" W board).
CUSTOM GAME SETS
Want a certain combination of games? Build your own selection of games. Small sets (pieces ½" W and boards 8 ¼" H x 8 ¼" W, or Backgammon set at 8 ¼" H x 6 ¾" W); Stamped Sets (pieces 1" W with boards 11" H x 11" W, or Backgammon set 11" H x 14 ¼" W); and Carved sets in unglazed or glazed (pieces ¾-1 ¼" H x ¾" W, boards 11" H x 11" W, or Backgammon set 11" H x 14 ¼" W).
|Made out of whatever came to hand, most commonly the bone or horn of food animals, dice have been around for at least
7000 years. Here are our sets of clay playing dice, shaped by hand, in a variety of colors. Each approx. 3/8" across.
||Requested by tabletop gaming
fans, multi-sided gaming dice in full sets: 1
four-sided, 1 six-sided, 1 eight-sided, 2 ten-sided's
(one light and one dark), 1 twelve-sided,
and 1 twenty-sided. The dice are handcrafted
from molds and quite durable. Perfect for
anyone who collects dice. Each
approx. 1" across.
Trivia: a 2nd century AD Roman icosahedron die is in the collection of the British Museum, though the game it was used for is not known.
Eyeball Monster Figurines
Appeal is in the eye of the beholder--and these little critters appeal to many, young and old. You could call them aliens, occulliods, or "Scottish meatball monsters" -- as one customer referred to them as. Each and every one is different, a unique individual, thus the images here are just examples of what is possible. Email us for pictures of the ones currently available. And, yes, there’s a “send me a random one” option for those who want a surprise… Want a specific color or expression? Please email us.
History & Documentation
Medieval & Renaissance Material Culture: Dice Games & Dice. A series of links to various images and other source materials regarding dice, including a museum in Sweden.
University of Waterloo's Elliott Avedon Museum & Archive of Games. An interesting site which has medieval images of multi-person variations of backgammon.
A Roman icosahedron die is in the collection of the British Museum, among others in the same case, though the game it was used for is not known. Also a 2nd century AD Roman icosahedron was sold through Christie's (pictured at right).
Need to know the rules for the games? Find them here.Unique & usable, safe for food and drink as well as the modern conveniences such as oven, dishwasher, and microwave. All the designs are drawn free-hand and hand-painted onto the hand-thrown pottery—no molds or stencils used—and our wares are designed sturdy, built to survive years of everyday use.