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Period Games

Dean of the School of Games

TH Lord Louis Xavier de Navarre

Visit the Period Games Tent to learn and play a large variety of board, card, and dice games. We will be open from Tuesday, August 1 through Thursday, August 10th from about 10am until 6pm.

The Games Tent is located in the Pennsic University block, next to the Dance Tent and facing Chandler's Way.

We host classes throughout the war, but you are welcome to stop by anytime to play.

If you would like to volunteer to help with running the games tent, stop by and talk with the staff.

Tues, Aug 11:00 pmAlquerque: Period game from the Middle East in the family of checkers-style games. We will review what is known, the rules, and the play through some games.
3:00 pmCard Games - Tarot: Tarot cards are used in games as well as divination. Come and learn the rules and join in a fun, easy game.
Wed, Aug 210:00 amGame of the Goose: Period game in the style of Chutes and Ladders. The game is dice-based so it is suitable for children, but can be adapted to a fun game for adults.
1:00 pmLaugh and Lie Down: A simple, matching-style card game. We'll teach the rules and then give you a chance to play.
3:00 pmTables Tables (also called Nard, Imperial, and a dozen other names) is the ancestor of modern backgammon. Come learn the rules and play a game.
Thur, Aug 310:00 amTafl Games: The Tafl family of games were played through the Norse lands. The rules are simple and easy to learn, and the game play can be quick or complex.
1:00 pmShogi: We'll go over the basic rules of Shogi or "Japanese Chess", and describe a few historic variants.
3:00 pmMedieval Games of Chess Chess went through many rule variations over the centuries and various regions. We'll discuss several and have a chance to play them.
Fri, Aug 410:00 amLaugh and Lie Down: A simple, matching-style card game. We'll teach the rules and then give you a chance to play.
1:00 pmCard Games - Tarot: Tarot cards are used in games as well as divination. Come and learn the rules and join in a fun, easy game.
3:00 pmMorris Games: We will teach 3-Man Morris (similar to tic-tac-toe), Rota, 9-Man, and 12-Man Morris. The games range from simple to challenging.
Sat, Aug 53:00 pmMultiplayer Period Chess: Chess games for four players. We will review rules and variations, then provide time to play.
1:00 pmLosing Loadum: Looking for something to pass the time at events? Do you like to play cards? Come learn to play this late-period card game based on a reconstruction from Francis Willughby’s A Volume of Plaies (~1665).
3:00 pmIntroduction to Go: A basic introduction to the Japanese game of Go.
Sun, Aug 61:00 pmShogi: We'll go over the basic rules of Shogi or "Japanese Chess", and describe a few historic variants.
1:00 pmPeriod Card Games - Losing Loadem: Looking for something to pass the time at events? Do you like to play cards? Come learn to play this late-period card game based on a reconstruction from Francis Willughby’s A Volume of Plaies (~1665).
Mon, Aug 710:00 amKarnoffel: The oldest known card game is a trick-taking with rules seemingly designed to make you mis-play. Come learn and play a round.
1:00 pmXiang-qi (Chinese Chess) for Beginners: A 90-minute class. History, rules, strategy and tactics; enough time left for students to play afterwards.
3:00 pmAlquerque: Period game from the Middle East in the family of checkers-style games. We will review what is known, the rules, and the play through some games.
4:00 pmGames Gathering: Tables A time set aside for tables (nard, backgammon) players to join us and find an opponent.
Tues, Aug 810:00 amGame of the Goose: Period game in the style of Chutes and Ladders. The game is dice-based so it is suitable for children, but can be adapted to a fun game for adults.
1:00 pmTables Tables (also called Nard, Imperial, and a dozen other names) is the ancestor of modern backgammon. Come learn the rules and play a game.
3:00 pmPeriod Card Games - Piquet (or Cent): Looking for something to pass the time at events? Do you like to play cards? Come learn to play this challenging late-period two-player card game.
Wed, Aug 910:00 amTafl Games: The Tafl family of games were played through the Norse lands. The rules are simple and easy to learn, and the game play can be quick or complex.
1:00 pmPeriod Card Games - Losing Loadem: Looking for something to pass the time at events? Do you like to play cards? Come learn to play this late-period card game based on a reconstruction from Francis Willughby’s A Volume of Plaies (~1665).
3:00 pmMultiplayer Tables: Learn variations of Tables (Nard, Backgammon) for 4 or 7 players.
4:00 pmGames Gathering - Chess: A time set aside for chess players to gather and find an opponent.
Thur, Aug 1010:00 amIntroduction to Go: A basic introduction to the Japanese game of Go.


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