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Using the historic game boards that were heavily illuminated and carved as well as contemporary woodcuts and other artwork as models, we have designed highly detailed embroidered versions of some of the oldest board games in history. However, these games are perfect for encampments and outdoor activities. They are completely portable, folding or rolling into the most compact of areas.


Backgammon

 

Backgammon is believed to have originated in Mesopotamia in the Persian empire. It is one of the oldest known recorded game in history. The game was typically played on surfaces such as wood, using stones as markers, and dice made from bones, stones, wood or pottery.

  • Backgammon (left): $40.00
  • Viking Themed Backgammon (right): $70.00

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Glückhaus

 

Glückhaus is German for "House of Fortune" and is a gambling game with dice. Usually, these wooden boards were expensive and elaborately carved and painted works of art. Each square of the board contained a scene, and the rest of the board surrounding the squares was heavily illuminated.

Our Glückhaus board is available in three versions. While we always have some in stock, if you have a color preference for the fabric, we will be happy to accommodate you. Contact us for available colors.

  • Deluxe (pictured above): $150.00
  • Standard (pictured below, right): $50.00
  • Blackwork/Whitework (pictured below, left): $35.00

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Zodiac (7-Player Backgammon)

 

This is a seven-player variant of Backgammon. It is meant to represent the movement of the seven celestial bodies among the stars. The game was very popular in the 14th century especially in Castile and Seville. The game requires seven players with each player representing one celestial body as they were known at that time. The game is played with three 7-sided dice (included).

Also available in wood.

  • Zodiac (embroidered): $55.00
  • Zodiac (wood): $60.00 

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Royal Game of Ur

 

The Royal Game of Ur, also known as the Game of Twenty Squares, refers to two game boards found in the Royal Tombs of Ur in Iraq by Sir Leonard Woolley in the 1920s. The two boards date from the First Dynasty of Ur, before 2600 BC, thus making the Royal Game of Ur probably the oldest set of board gaming equipment ever found. The game is still played in Iraq. Our board is based on the one exhibited in the collections of the British Museum in London.

Also available in wood.

  • Royal Game of Ur (embroidered): $45.00
  • Royal Game of Ur (wood): $50.00

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