About 3 years ago, I tried my hand at being an SCA merchant, in the hopes of increasing the amount of medieval entertainment at events. But I realized something kind of important-- when it comes to SCA events, I want to be out and participating-- not stuck in a tent waiting for customers all day. And so On A Lark vanished before it ever really began.
BUT-- I still adore medieval games and entertainment. I wanted something for my kids to do at events, if they weren't just watching the fighters. And I wanted something we could do together. But above all, even though I tend towards being a fun maven, I wanted something for us to do that was period.
And so I picked back up researching medieval games.
One of the things I love about Flintmarsh is that every year for yule, since we started having yule, we do a different board game for the shire member's gift baskets.
There are well over 200 games played in period. And what never ceases to amaze me is the sheer number of them that are STILL being played!
And so I've decided to join the A&S 50 Challenge, as my first games were being researched in May of 2007.
So here are the first 15 games that I've researched and created printable pdfs for demos and other uses:
These same printed boards can be used to make fabric versions of the games:
This last is called Gluckhaus. I have yet to create the pdf for it, but I will.
As to how you take the printed game and convert it to the really nice fabric ones, it's simple:
For the games that print out on 8 1/2 x 11,
Make a cardboard template at 9 x 9 .
You will use this one for the lighter fabric that the game itself goes on. If you stick to thin fabrics, you will be able to trace the games through the fabric before you sew the game board. Simple boards (mostly straight lines) can be sewn quickly and easily on a sewing machine. But details (like in Gluckhaus) have to be done by hand.
For the background of the game, make a cardboard template at 11 x 11. You will sew the gameboard with the edges folded under on to the center of your background fabric. I like to use the decorative sewing options on my machine to do this.
Then a quick stitch of bias tape around the edge, and viola!