games & Dice

GamesVarious 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

This medieval-styled chess set is based on Scandinavian finds of both Viking and Islamic origin. Usually carved of bone, wood, or antler, there were also ceramic examples. Our  chess pieces are all individually hand-carved from the clay in the style of those ancient pieces, and come in unglazed and glazed versions. A smaller-scale stamped-piece version of chess is also available. And with any chess board, it can also be set up for checkers, and the same pieces reused on the Nine-Men Morris board on the reverse. And by popular request, here are sets containing Chess, Checkers, and Backgammon and Byzantine Chess, Checkers, and Chess crafted in a choice of the same style as the small Chess and Checkers sets, or the same as the large carved sets.

  • Backgammon-Chess-Checkers, SmallGameSet
  • Checkers-NineMan, StampedGameSet
Small sets 8 " H x 8 " W, with the exception of the small Backgammon set at 8 " H x 6 " W. Small set pieces are " W, and stamped pieces 1" W.

Options
  • Unglazed Carved Chess, Checkers, NineMangameset
Large sets are 11" H x 11" W, with the exception of the large Backgammon set at 11" H x 14 " W. Carved pieces are " to 1 " H x " W.
Options

HNEFATAFL (aka "KING'S TABLE"), FOX & GEESE, & NINE-MEN MORRIS

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 11x11 cloth board with the rules printed on the inside, which is also a carrying pouch for the pieces. 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.

  • Sm Hnefataflgameset
  • Lg Unglazed  Hnefataflgameset
Small sets 8 " H x 8 " W. Small set pieces are " W, and stamped pieces 1" W.

Large sets are 11" H x 11" W. Carved pieces are " to 1 " H x " W.
Options

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.

  • Go, Pente, REversi, Checkersgameset
Sets 8 " H x 8 " W, and pieces are " W.
Options

CUSTOM GAME SETS

Want a certain combination of games? Build your own selection of games below.

  • Stamped nine-men setgameset
Small sets 8 " H x 8 " W, with the exception of the small Backgammon set at 8 " H x 6 " W. Small set pieces are " W, and stamped pieces 1" W.
Board
First Side
Second Side
  • Large Hnefatafl piecesgameset
Large sets are 11" H x 11" W, with the exception of the large Backgammon set at 11" H x 14 " W. Carved pieces are " to 1 " H x " W.
Finish
First Side
Second Side

DICE

Playing Dice Made out of whatever came to hand, most commonly the bone or horn of food animals, dice have been around for at least 5000 years. Here are our sets of 5 clay playing dice, shaped by hand, in a variety of colors. Each die approx. 3/8" across.
Set of 6 Playing Dice, $2
Gaming Dice, Light
Gaming Dice, Dark
And, as requested by many the gaming fan, multi-sided gaming dice in full sets: 1 four-sided, 1 six-sided, 1 eight-sided, 2 ten-sideds (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 die approx. 1" across. ...a bit of 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.
Gaming Dice
Color

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.

Wikipedia: History of Dice, Chess, Backgammon, King's Table, Checkers or Draughts, Fox & Geese, and Nine-men Morris.

University of Waterloo's Elliott Avedon Museum & Archive of Games. An interesting site which has medieval images of multi-person variations of backgammon.

Roman two-siders

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.

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