Games and Gambling
Games of skill and chance as enjoyed throughout the Middle Ages
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2015-07-01 08:49
Ludus duodecim scriptorium or XII scripta was a popular Roman game played with dice on a 12-square gameboard. Recently, two game pieces, believed to have been used for XII scripta were discovered during a dig in Kibyra, in the southern Turkish province of Burdur’s Gölhisar district.. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2015-03-27 08:40
Archaeologists working on a dig in St John's Street in Northampton, England have found two medieval chess pieces dating to the middle to late 12th century. The pieces, made of antler, show evidence of the demand for "leisure products." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2015-02-27 17:08
In a discussion on Linked In, SCA member Jeff Johnston reports that he has published his research on medieval games on his HubPages website. The article is entitled Researching Medieval Games.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2015-02-27 13:30
Caleigh Fleming enjoys medieval combat, and also having a safe place to enjoy "nerd" activities, so she helped to bring the Galahad Medieval Combat Society to Columbia University in Chicago. The group takes part in a medieval combat game known as Belegarth. The Columbia Chronicle has the story. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-10-26 09:20
What is it about Madison, Wisconsin that attracts passionate followers of such geek genres as gaming, steampunk and the SCA, and why do such folk become politically active? In a feature article for Isthmus the Paper, Julia Burke interviews gamers and con attendees about their culture and activism.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-10-15 14:50
Leiston Abbey in the 14th century must have been an interesting place, considering some artifacts found by volunteers during a two-week archaeological excavation in the summer of 2014, including a Nuremburg jetton "poker chip" and a metal tablet expected to contain a curse. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-10-01 09:11
It's 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Riverside Park, Wichita, Kansas, but that doesn't deter Eric Simoncic and Andrew Walker, members of Stormwrath, the local chapter of the Midwest Dagorhir Union, who spent the hot day practicing with foam weapons. Kelsey Ryan of the Wichita Eagle has the story.
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2014-04-01 09:44
Just in time for spring, an upcoming event in the Barony of Whiterun will feature Nordic-themed combat, arts and sciences, merchants, and especially archery.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-03-08 15:19
Archaeologists from the University of Reading have found an extremely rare board game piece dating to the fifth century during the excavation of an Anglo-Saxon royal complex in Lyminge, Kent, England. The piece would have been used for games such as backgammon or draughts. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2014-01-14 15:27
KNOWN WORLD Jan 6, 2014 Estrella War Announcement Digest Special Event Games Edition
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-01-05 13:58
Archaeologists excavating the remains of an Anglo-Saxon in Lyminge, Kent have discovered a game piece "made from a hollow piece of bone closed with delicately turned wooden caps, held in place with a bronze pin," part of a high-end backgammon set. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2014-01-02 18:46
The official website describes Swordcraft as "paintball meets medieval/fantasy battle - carnage with a dash of medieval re-enactment, role-playing and cosplay." The medieval LARP (Live Action Role Playing) game was featured in a recent article in the Bendigo Advertiser (Australia). (photo, video)
Submitted by BrianK on Mon, 2013-09-23 23:22
Antiquity Gamecrafters offers a selection of historic board games. Each game comes complete with board, pieces, drawstring bag for the piece, and rule booklet.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-09-12 12:10
Over 300 wizards and warriors gathered recently at Patuxent River State Park in Maryland for the second annual Bellum Aeternuthe, an "invitational event for live-action role-play (LARP) and combat, open to participants from across the medieval-themed LARP community," and hosted by the Darkon Wargaming Club.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-05-16 18:22
Come join the Shire of Flintmarsh on June 1, 2013 as we celebrate a taste of Medieval Italy at the first ever Palio di Flintmarsh!
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-04-25 13:44
Let it be known that the newly forming group in Dunedin, tentatively known as the people of Wildmoor, are holding a relaxed camping event in early July and wish to extend a warm invitation to join us.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-04-24 17:17
Winter has abated and the whistling zephyr of Spring beckons the soul, igniting the passion for life in young and old. Rising passions possess our gallant fighters and call them to test their mettle on the field of glory. Nature cries out for her glory to be renewed. Come forth and join us, as we raise the Maypole and let the Mayhem of Spring ensue!
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-04-12 15:03
Come join us in giving homage to the Patron St. of Cote Du Ciel, St. Pyre himself!
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-04-12 10:56
On May 10th ~ 12th 2013, Her Royal Majesty, Queen Gwen verch Cywrig de Insula Mona will choose her champion. Fighters from all over the land are invited to compete with honor for the right and privilage to act as Her Majesty's Champion. Along with the best duelists competing for this glory, there will be many other activities to delight both the Queen and the populace including:
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-04-11 16:47
The Shire of Bryngolau would like to invite one and all to welcome spring by joining us for a Mayday Festival, to be held on May 4th, 2013. The celebration will feature fighting, games, frivolity, food, and laughs.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-03-29 18:13
To celebrate our fair Kingdom's birthday this year Ildhafn is holding may day celebrations.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-03-29 17:45
The Barony of Marinus is honored to host the Coronation of Amos and Ysabella. Come all and help make their day one to remember. The Beautiful shores of Marinus await your company.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-03-29 10:42
In gratitude for the loan of the Lewis Chessmen for the Manx National Heritage's Forgotten Kingdom exhibition, MNH director Edmond Southworth presented the British Museum's Naomi Speakman with a set of stamps featuring the medieval chess set. The stamps were issued to the public on January 11, 2013. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-03-21 17:49
Ludos pro Omnibus "Games for All" A great afternoon for all the family, there will be Bocce, Horseshoes, Skittles, Chess, Knuckle Bones, Backgammon, Nine Men's Morris, Alquerque, Checkers, Hoodmans Blind, to name but a few.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-03-21 16:12
Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to postpone this event from March. We offer an afternoon of feasting and merriment and many games to test your skills. All this in the grounds of a majestic old historic house. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. If you have special dietary needs please notify us at time of booking.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-03-09 17:02
Almost ten years ago, a new barony was formed in the Kingdom of the West. This barony, steeped in a long and colorful history has grown in prowess, honor, and service over the short amount of time it has been around. Now is the time to celebrate our past and welcome our future with a full weekend of activities; pulling some of the favored fun from the times past and new activities we enjoy today.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-03-09 15:54
The Bloth was the Shire of Ildhafn's midwinter feast for 10 years, before the two shires (Ildhafn and Cluain) joined to form the Barony of Ildhafn. Now, it is also our Baronial Anniversary event. Every year, we gather together to enjoy a feast, raise a toast, and celebrate with friends.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-03-08 17:59
Join the Shire of Redewolfden for our annual event, Shadow of the Wolf! March 29 at 5:00pm until March 31 at 12:00pm in CDT
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-03-08 17:41
In May 2013, the Shire of Adora celebrates fifteen years of the Flametree Ball. To help us, join us for a night of dancing, music and games at Russell Vale Community Hall in Wollongong, NSW.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-03-08 16:44
This spring the peasants of Swabia will dig their way out of their snowbound hovels to celebrate the planting season in true German peasant fashion.