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Period Games

Dean of the School of Games

Lady Maggie Bakestre

Visit the Period Games Tent to learn and play a large variety of board, card, and dice games.

We will be open from Tuesday, July 31 through Thursday, August 9th. The tent opens and the first class starts at 9 am. Games and classes continue throughout the day, with the tent closing at 6 pm. All are welcome to stop by anytime to play.

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

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

Scheduled Games Classes

Tues, July 319:00 amCard Games - Tarot
Looking for something to pass the time at events? Do you like to play cards? Come learn to play this late-period card game which uses a 78-card tarot deck
11:00 amMultiplayer Table Games
Four- and seven-player backgammon will be taught depending on attendance. We will review rules and variations, then provide time to play.
1:00 pmMorris Games
We will teach Nine Man's Morris and other games of that family (which include the modern tic tac toe).
3:00 pmIntroduction to Go
We will teach the rules of the Japanese game go (also known as weiqi in China), and offer a chance to play afterwards.
Wed, Aug 19:00 amPuzzles!
Some ancient in origin and others relatively new: Physical ones (Tavern puzzles, Irish Lovers Linking Rings, construction puzzles); Paper-based ones (math and logic puzzles); Verbal puzzles as told by bards and storytellers around the campfire.
11:00 amMorris Games
We will teach Nine Man's Morris and other games of that family (which include the modern tic tac toe).
1:00 pmAlquerques
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 pmTarot, the Card Game
We will go over the rules of tarot, the card game, and play it.
Thur, Aug 29:00 amCard Games - Tarot
Looking for something to pass the time at events? Do you like to play cards? Come learn to play this late-period card game which uses a 78-card tarot deck
11:00 amPeriod Backgammon Games
Tables, Nard, and other ancestors of modern backgammon go back centuries. Period rules will be shared with a chance to play afterwards.
1:00 pmMultiplayer Period Chess
Chess games for four players. We will review rules and variations, then provide time to play.
3:00 pmBoard Games
A review of board games previously taught and opportunities to practice with a knowledgeable instructor's assistance.
Fri, Aug 39:00 amPeriod 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).
11:00 amGame of the Goose
Period game in the style of Chutes and Ladders. The game is purely deterministic (dice-based) so it is suitable for children, but for adults it is often played with stakes to make repeated play more interesting. We will review the rules and then play through a game, dice willing.
1:00 pmTarot, the Card Game
We will go over the rules of tarot, the card game, and play it.
3:00 pmVery Old Games: Mancala Mancala refers to a huge, ancient family of games that involve moving or "sowing" stones or "seeds" into pits with a goal of capturing the most stones. Mancala games have been played at least since 1000 BC, and there are hundreds of both traditional and modern versions. Learn some history and stay to play a few versions.
Sat, Aug 49:00 amPuzzles!
Some ancient in origin and others relatively new: Physical ones (Tavern puzzles, Irish Lovers Linking Rings, construction puzzles); Paper-based ones (math and logic puzzles); Verbal puzzles as told by bards and storytellers around the campfire.
11:00 amMorris Games
We will teach Nine Man's Morris and other games of that family (which include the modern tic tac toe).
1:00 pmIntroduction to Go
We will teach the rules of the Japanese game go (also known as weiqi in China), and offer a chance to play afterwards.
3:00 pmMultiplayer Period Chess
Chess games for four players. We will review rules and variations, then provide time to play.
Sun, Aug 59:00 amCard Games - Tarot
Looking for something to pass the time at events? Do you like to play cards? Come learn to play this late-period card game which uses a 78-card tarot deck
11:00 amMultiplayer Table Games
Four- and seven-player backgammon will be taught depending on attendance. We will review rules and variations, then provide time to play.
1:00 pmLaugh and Lie Down
A matching card game, playable by most any age. Good for 3-6 players. Rules will be taught and games played afterwards.
Mon, Aug 69:00 amBoard Games
A review of board games previously taught and opportunities to practice with a knowledgeable instructor's assistance.
11:00 amIntro to Xiang-qi (Chinese Chess)
A class on the basic rules and beginning tactics of the game, with time to play afterwards.
1:00 pmVery Old Games: Morris
Morris games have been played since circa 1400 BC. These are 2-player abstract strategy games that involve placing and then moving game pieces on a board with a goal of getting three in a row. Come learn a little history of the many variations of Morris, then stay and try some versions.
3:00 pmTarot, the Card Game
We will go over the rules of tarot, the card game, and play it.
Tues, Aug 79:00 amPeriod 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).
11:00 amAlquerques
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.
1:00 pmMultiplayer Medieval Backgammon
Learn variations of Tables (Nard, Backgammon) for 4 or 7 players.
3:00 pmVery Old Games: The Royal Game of Ur
The game of twenty squares, also called the Royal Game of Ur, is a race game that was popular in Mesopotamia for thousands of years. The oldest surviving boards found are from Ur and date to before 2600 BC. We will learn about the game as played a few thousand years later from a description written in 177 BC.
Wed, Aug 89:00 amGame of the Goose
Period game in the style of Chutes and Ladders. The game is purely deterministic (dice-based) so it is suitable for children, but for adults it is often played with stakes to make repeated play more interesting. We will review the rules and then play through a game, dice willing.
11:00 amMorris Games
We will teach Nine Man's Morris and other games of that family (which include the modern tic tac toe).
1:00 pmTarot and other Card Games
We'll review the card games previously taught, including tarot. You can practice playing them with an instructor's assistance.
3:00 pmChess on Different Boards
Chess had several variations during its history, including round and rectangular boards. We'll discuss Byzantine chess (circular board), oblong chess (16x4 board), and courier chess (12x8 with extra pieces).
Thur, Aug 99:00 amPeriod 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).
11:00 amBoard Games
A review of board games previously taught and opportunities to practice with a knowledgeable instructor's assistance.
1:00 pmIntroduction to Shogi (Japanese Chess)
We'll teach the rules of Shogi or "Japanese Chess", describe a few historic variants, and have a chance to play a game. Teaching pieces will be available for use.
3:00 pmTarot and other Card Games
We'll review the card games previously taught, including tarot. You can practice playing them with an instructor's assistance.


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