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.
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:
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