Sunday, July 18, 2010

RUM and A&S 50 Challenge Update

So I got to teach Introduction to Board Games at Royal University of Meridies yesterday (: To prepare for it, I created the pdf for 8 more board games, bringing me to one shy of half my goal for the A&S 50 Challenge (I've now made 24 pdf printable medieval games).










I started by setting up 15 'universal bags'. They're game bags with two sets of 40 pieces in contrasting colors (read: 40 clear, 40 red), 1 piece completely different from all the others, 4 pieces the same color, and then two sets of two different colors. In all, it means there were 6 different colored pieces in the bags. I used the flattened glass marbles available at Wal-Mart. They're cheap and readily available, and as long as you're not overtly violent with them, they're pretty sturdy. I also tossed in 3 regular 6-sided dice. I also had a bag with cowrie shells for playing Pachisi, though we didn't end up using them. I'll still need to create some of the 'specialty' pieces for games like Mehen.

I got up at 3 on Saturday morning, after very little sleep the night before-- the neighbor was apparently having a late night pool party-- that lasted well up to 2 am...

I was packed and all ready to head out at 3:45 and got to site at 7:30. I was scheduled to teach during the first section: 8:30-9:30 and I wanted to make sure that I had the table set up. I was delighted to have 8 people join the class, including a gentleman named Guillaume de Pyrenees who normally teaches the class himself, and shared his website with me for further research.

http://talisman.clift.org/sam/sca/

Introduction to Games was the perfect name for the class (lol) though I'm definitely going to have to revamp how I teach it and/or how long is allotted to do so. With a one hour time slot, and over 20 games, it went like this: each game had about 2 minutes to set the pieces up and for me to tell them the rules and how they are played. Then they had about 5 minutes to -start- playing the game....before I would ask them to slide the pieces to the side and start the next game. The upshot (and I would LOVE to claim to have done it on purpose, but it was complete a matter of chance) is that the games were stacked so that the game just played had very similar rules to the 2-3 games under it-- so there was less explaining, and more getting to play along the same lines of what they'd just done before we moved on to another game. All in all, I had a good time teaching it, and hope that the people in the class did as well. If nothing else, they got free handouts for games they can use in the future-- and that helps spread game playing in the Kingdom, so that makes me happy (:

I enjoyed the very informative Chatelaine classes offered throughout the day, getting to visit with friends that I haven't seen in a while, and witnessing my first bard/poet competition. It was wonderful and moving and there is a LOT of talent in Meridies!

And after a very amusing court, I got to have a delicious Mexican dinner with my friends Heather and Patrick, Charles and Graidhne, and several new people. It was fun and funny-- but everything had run so late, it was after 9:30 at night before I started heading home.

I was -completely- exhausted by the time I pulled into our drive way at 1:40 this morning. Didn't bother unpacking the car or anything. Stumbled into the house and crash-- waiting just long enough to find out that Mark and the boys had enjoyed their day at Water World for one of the boys' cousin's birthday. And that my 8 year old had gone on the Great White by himself twice!! My four year even made his Daddy take him on it once (: So all in all, all four of the Wise had a wonderful Saturday!

And when I came home today and started researching again, I came across an amazing resource:

http://www.mediafire.com/?nenjj1dimtd

It's Alfonso X's book of games, translated into English, with the original images!!!

I also realized that although I have it, I have yet to share my references, so I wanted to give credit where credit is due:

Alphonso X of Spain Book of Games
R. C. Bell Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations
Dagonell the Juggler (David P. Salley)
Royal Game of the Goose: Rules of Play
1999 Kadon Enterprises, Inc. Game of Goose
Shire of Hartshorn-dale
http://jducoeur.org/game-hist/
http://www.waks.org/game-hist/
http://www.tradgames.org.uk/index.html
http://jeuxdumonde.free.fr/
http://mitglied.multimania.de/SeyJoy/#Board%20Games
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/A_list_of_Ancient_board_games_that_are_still_played_today
http://www.schachquellen.de/14996.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaturanga
http://nabataea.net/games3.html
http://www.kingtutshop.com/freeinfo/SenetGame.htm
http://www.gamecabinet.com/history/Senet.html
http://www.mastersgames.com/
http://library.thinkquest.org/5356/senet.html
http://www.dpedtech.com/Senet_Game_Text_preview.pdf
http://www.knauer.org/mike/sca/classes/
http://jducoeur.org/game-hist/
http://www.chessvariants.com/historic.dir/acedrex.html

1 comment:

  1. Thanks... Great starting point for making self-contained game sets (boards painted on circular fabric pouches which hold the pieces and dice) for largesse... :-)

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