Who are the kings & queens on playing cards?

Do the kings, queens and jacks in a deck of cards represent specific people?
Well… Sometimes…
kingcharles

queens

Examples above scanned from
Playing Cards The History and Secrets of the Pack, by W. Gurney Benham.

 

Submit an audio question by clicking on the “Send Voicemail” link at the upper right corner of the page so I can include it in an episode.

Or if you’re shy send me a question through the “Ask a Question” form.

The theme music is “Scully’s  Reel/Mrs.McCloud’s/Cooley’s Reel” by the band Slánte from their Album Cup of Tea and is used under a Creative Commons share-alike license.

Save

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Fidchell an Ancient Irish Game

Until I finish my next question episode here’s the first of a series of short videos I’m working on covering the basic rules for Fidchell, one our more obscure games.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s a Groom Porter?

What does that term mean  “Groomporter?”

Since we’re in the business of researching and selling games of the past I started using Groomporter many years ago as an online nickname especially on history-related internet forums. For my first full episode I explain the term’s origin.

Next episode: Who are the kings and queens on playing cards?

The theme music is “Scully’s  Reel/Mrs.McCloud’s/Cooley’s Reel” by the band Slánte from their Album Cup of Tea and is used under a Creative Commons share-alike license.

Submit an audio question by clicking on the “Send Voicemail” link at the upper right corner of the page so I can include it in an episode.

Or if you’re shy send me a question through the “Ask a Question” form.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Test episode

Just a test episode so we can get things started. The first episode will be coming out shortly. ITunes does not add new podcasts until you have three or so episodes streaming online so this it my attempt to game their restrictions.

The background music is called “Celtic Dragon” by an artist called Oursvince that I found through a Creative Commons website for free downloadable music.

Submit an audio question by clicking on the “Send Voicemail” link at the upper right corner of the page so I can include it in an episode.

Or if you’re shy send me a question through the “Ask a Question” form.

Next episode: What the heck is a Groom Porter?

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ask a question about the history of games!

My new experiment to interact with people about the history of games. Watch this space for future podcast entries.

I plan on making some episodes video podcasts so I can include occasional photos or diagrams that are relevant to the answer.

Submit an audio question by clicking on the “Send Voicemail” link at the upper right corner of the page so I can include it in an episode.

Or if you’re shy send me a question through the “Ask a Question” form.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment