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Bonus Points for Chess
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And, explanation of rules for getting Medieval on yo' ass.
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The Lewis set is one of the few surviving sets from the early days. Some pieces missing, but enough to see what the set looked like. If I recall the story correctly, it was found in a case that was falling apart in the ocean.

Pic related is interesting in that the people who set it up in a museum used a board with two-tone squares. Boards of that era did not have different colored squares ... they were all the same. As per: >>7693441
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A traditional version of Pachisi, played in India and up into Tibet and Mongolia. Roll the shells and your "dice" number is how many are upside down (or right side up, I don't remember that detail).
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Custom made DaVinci's Challenge board, cut from stone.
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I've no idea what the rules are on this one. I like to imagine what they might be.
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I've forgotten which country Fanorona comes from. I heard it's popular where it comes from. Seems it was somewhere along the Indian Ocean, like Madagascar or Sri Lanka. Make your own board and use Othello pieces. Google up the rules. It's basically very rapid capture game.
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Source image I used to make >>7693282 for a different game thread here on /wg/ a few years back.
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Old turn of the century/World War I era board game. I'd love to find one of these for myself, or at least a copy of the play instructions and make one for myself.
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And now a few versions of "Viking Chess" (Hnefatalf). This was THE strategy chess game of Europe for about 1000 years, before Persian Chess was introduced (early form of that by the time it arrived in Europe here: >>7693441).
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This one is not traditional Hnefatalf. It's a modern fantasy game version. Don't recall the proper name for it, or have rules. Unfortunately. My memory (from many years ago now) is that it uses similar movement & goals as Hnefatalf, but obviously accommodations need to be made. I think, also, that there may be a Celtic game (perhaps a localized derivative of Hnefatalf?) that may either influence or be the base for this game.
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Found in an ancient Chinese tomb, "liubo." Nobody knows how to play it, although some rules have been developed on how it was probably played. Not even sure all the pieces are present. In its time period, it apparently was so common that nobody thought to write the rules down. Board design strongly suggests a relationship to Pachisi (India), which is the ancient root game that became chess after a few centuries of evolving.
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A modern remake of board game found commonly in ancient Egyptian tombs. Again, the exact original rules aren't certain anymore, but people believe they've developed modern rules that are either very close or the same from what hints there are.
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A museum display of the evolution of Pachisi.
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ngl, I made this for papes, but pleasantly surprised with a cool history about board games across the world
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Nice, thanks
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>Hnefatafl (NOT Hnefatalf)
> King's Corner or King's Table
> Nefatavl
> Tablut
> Tafl
start here:
http://aagenielsen.dk/overview.php
Explore the site for history, several different rule sets, links to other resources, other similar games, and/or join a community to play other people or computers.

"Tafl" is an old game, and the "original rules" have been lost. Today we have several different sets of rules (and names), and there are several possible boards (some use different names). Also, the starting position of the pieces have variations, and the type of pieces for each side can be different depending on which set of rules you are using.

Example, this board is >>7693463 the 9x9 grid variation called Tablut. These >>7693461 >>7693466 11x11 grid boards are considered 'more traditional' Hnefatalf (generic 'common best' rules http://aagenielsen.dk/hnefatafl_rules_en.html, but the "Berserk Rules" are really interesting http://aagenielsen.dk/berserk_comments.php & http://aagenielsen.dk/berserk_rules.php even though they require special pieces, moves, and board markings. Berserk Hnefatafl is much more complex and balanced gameplay).

Different rules applied in different regions, and it was played for over 1000 years all over Europe. So different rules were used at different times, also, in all the different locations. We have some fragments of written rules, but sometimes they contradict each other or are not clear. So, there is a bit of debate and historical reconstruction to try and figure out the best sets to play today for balanced games. It seems to have been developed from a Roman game around the beginning of the first millennium and imported back to Northern Europe by mercenaries/vikings that served in Roman armies. 'Sister' games exist in Africa with similar rules (and some different rules that have been adapted into some versions of modern Hnefatalf).

I played this a bit in Latvia & Lithuania. It's fun, if you think chess is fun.
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>Hnefatafl (NOT Hnefatalf)
my typing is shit tonight. Sorry I got the "fl" transposed a couple times in that post.

Anyway, pic related: a Hnefatafl 11x11 board with pieces and markings for one of the more complex rules sets (probably Berserk Hnefatafl). 11x11 and 13x13 seem to have been the most common boards, in that order. But some boards have been found up to 19x19 (beginning to sound like Go?), and the 9x9 variation seems also to have been popular, probably about the same as the 13x13 after 11x11 at the No. 1 slot.

9x9 Tablut has well-developed rules. If someone uses different rules not explicitly Tablut, then you are probably playing a variation of Hnefatafl on a 9x9 grid. There is even a 7x7 grid version, one with its own name (I forget it right now) that seems much more popular in the Celtic region.
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pic related: notice the pieces with the vertical stripe. In this version, the dark pieces (usually considered the attacking pieces) have four "commanders," each with five warriors.

In the center, the defending pieces have a king, with one "commander (or knight)" and eleven foot soldiers. This link here: http://aagenielsen.dk/berserk_comments.php has the relevant discussion for the development of this board.

What I like about this game is that it's just about the equivalent of chess for strategy & complexity, but it is two uneven sides with different goals instead the perfectly balanced opening setup for chess. Usually the players switch between defending and attacking as they complete each game, and it radically changes your strategy each time you switch. Very good brain exercise.
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>>7695526
Some madman made a board to play 7x7, 9x9, 11x11, or 13x13. Depending on his mood.

I might be making something like this next year if I can find time & motivation.
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And, here's a set up on a 7x7 variation that's starting to look a bit like >>7693469 and >>7693444, a bit Celtic in flavor.
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A 13x13 board in a public park in Germany.
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damn, black got destroyed. it looked even until i saw both his bottom left groups are dead.
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Pic related made me realize, for the very first time ever, that I want a 3D printer to learn and play with. I've had chess set designs and other game piece designs in my head for years that I can now make real.
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I think this is "Thud" the fantasy game featured in a few of Terry Pratchett's discworld series. Fans have come up with various rules but I think there is an official version available from the Discworld Emporium.

What is so fascinating about this thread is that I had no idea that Terry based thud on a real game, although I shouldn't be surprised. Almost every thing in Discworld comes from real life, no matter how weird.
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Also goes by the name "chaupar." These different names depend upon region, and variations in rules.
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nice
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which country's Civil War, please?
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Any info on this game? Looks interesting.
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amazing collection
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The Unjustified War of Northern Aggression Against the Righteous Christian Confederacy of Humanitarian Slave Owners.
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Sir, let us settle this like gentlemen!
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I would. But, it seems we might have a traitor in our ranks.
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Came here for wallpapers and left with cultured knowledge of ancient board games. I fuckin' love you /wg/

Here's a plebeian mouse trap paper in response 'cause Ive got nothing else to contribute
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I have this game and have played it for years. It's fun strategy, more complex and engaging than it may seem at first:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abalone_%28board_game%29
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Nine Men's Morris is descended from an old Roman game. It migrated into both Africa and Europe. In Europe, Nine Men's Morris was the 'modern' variant and probably the most common, but also a Twelve Men's Morris variant existed.

SEE: Morabaraba, the African version which is similar to Twelve Men's Morris:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morabaraba

And, Nine Men's Morris which is played in pubs today:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_men%27s_morris

Easter Egg note: in the Disney movie Maleficent, the Fairy Godmothers are playing Nine Men's Morris to pass the time in one of the scenes where they are hiding the Sleeping Beauty in the cabin in the woods.
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no turns, one hand only, you can only hold a piece for 3 seconds, held pieces are indestructable
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>Thud
Confirmed. Found a couple of pics (too small for papes) that have rules & box cover in them. Definitely an adaptation from Discworld. I've also run across mention of it being based upon Hnefatafl /Tablut/ 'Irish version' of those.
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And some Irish versions of Tablut.
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what's the best introduction to this game? what are the rules?
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Read these few posts: >>7695523

The link in that will take you to one of the better websites for Hnefatafl & Tablut. Explore the site a bit. There's a significant community around the world and this info will give you the search vocabulary you need to connect with them.

Then this: >>7725214 is a version of Tablut using a 7x7 board. However, I'm not familiar with the exact rules for this specific Irish/Celtic version. Given the original rules are lost to history and changed according to region and time period, we can only play these games with modern, reconstructed rules. Although, they are probably pretty accurate since a fair bit of research has been done on them in the last couple of decades.

There is no "One Definitive" set of Rules. You'll have to find different sets and play according to the set you like the most ... and can agree upon with your opponent.

Something like Brandubh >>7725214 is probably boxed by a particular manufacturer with "the" set of rules they publish, but the base set of 7x7 board and number of men and starting positions can be adapted to whatever variation fits your whim.
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gomoku/omok>reversi
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I tracked down the design student who made this for his coursework several years ago and commissioned a custom version (few changes to the box) best thing I've ever paid for
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Damn! That is SWEET! Thank you for sharing.

If you're up for it, try to set up a couple of artistic shots for a desktop pape. Dramatic lighting, background objects, interesting game-in-play situation, etc. & whatever. Best res you can mange. Don't worry about editing/cropping/resizing ... I can do all that per personal preferences. Just would appreciate the highest quality source to work from.

No obligation, just a suggestion. Really appreciate that you stopped in long enough to post these.
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I get not having pyramids but why are they not proper obelisks?
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these were taken on my phone about 5 years ago. Literally just got a professional camera this month and its definitely on my shoot list
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Some OC from me this morning in Pennsylvania. A bit of battle damage, and not really the most sophisticated set, but it was a gift from my uncle when I was 9 years old and he taught me my first moves. Dragged it through high school and university with the pieces loose in a bag and somewhere along the way the white knight took a hit. This thread made me drag it out again and I'll probably, finally after ten or twelve years now, glue the knight back together.

Not entirely happy with the photos I got today. The white pieces really washed out even under heavy cloud cover. So, probably will attempt some more 'artistic' shots with the knight as-is.

Any suggestions ..?
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New day with different lighting. Clear sky and sunrise in 20°F (-6°C) weather with a breeze.

Slightly happier with a couple shots, still not what I was hoping for. I don't think the set looks good enough for whatever "vision" I was attempting. Still happy to have documented my old set before something happened to it, though.
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Beautiful shots.
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These pics have OldOligarch vibes, thought it was him
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>>7732981
Cool. Glad that anyone enjoyed 'em.

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>OldOligarch vibes
Don't know what that means, but I'll take it as a Good Thing.

The two days I took these I got over 300 shots, but most were spoiled for one reason or another. I missed the lighting, the composition was off, a number of shots are nearly identical, my eyes suck so I rely too much on autofocus, which botched a number of better compositions but they're too blurry to see. Etc.

Went back through the directory tonight and picked out a few alternates. Didn't want to flood the thread with this, but I'll put one more part of the set up and call it done. I'll leave it up to visitors to save whichever ones they prefer.
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Mostly, what I was attempting was to capture the white pieces glowing with light. Obviously, some shots worked better than others.
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Something I've been a mused by is that nobody called me out on a major brain fart. I was in a hurry to set up for the sunrise and got the kings & queens switched onto their wrong starting positions.
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Here's that very first hint of glow. A bit too subtle, but I still love this one.
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And done. I cast these to the Internets, do with them what you will, so long as you share freely. Non-profit use & distribution only.





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