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Tarot Card Evolution

Most people in the United States think of Tarot cards only as a tool for fortune-telling. But they were used for playing card games long before being used for cartomancy (fortune-telling with cards). There is evidence of using layouts of … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading

I’ve been building a bibliography of books on the history of games with Amazon links to most of the books. You can find it on the new Recommended Reading Page

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The Origin of European Playing cards

Game historians have shown that playing cards first seems to appear in Europe in the 1370s. But the riddle has been where did they originate? There are four common theories:  Cards appeared first in China, and gradually found their way … Continue reading

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Gambling in 1777

The Jas Townsend & Son company has been putting out a lot of videos of interest to historical reenactors. They recently did this short one on gaming/gambling in Colonial America. They mention Backgammon and here is one of the quotes … Continue reading

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16th Century Satirical German Playing Cards

A look at the symbolism of the illustrations on the deck of 16th century German cards.

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Tabula Ancient Roman Backgammon

We picked up a new event out side of Chicago this weekend, so I’m unexpectedly having to have re-stock some of our games earlier than normal, and a  little behind on the the blog/podcast. I’ll be back next week with … Continue reading

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Ringo

I just put together a little video look at the rules of our Ringo game.

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So how old is Pente?

Since we use glass drops as game piece for some of our portable fabric games we often have people think a couple of our games have something to do with the game Pente which was sold with glass drops as … Continue reading

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Peter Flötner Playing Cards

My next audio episode will be out in a couple days, until then here’s a little look at one of the decks of cards we reproduce: http://www.wopc.co.uk/germany/flottner . We went with blank backs on our decks both to keep the … Continue reading

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Submit an Audio Question

Don’t forget, you can leave me an audio question to use on the podcast by clicking on the “Send Voicemail” button in the upper right.

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