Portable Fabric Games

Our portable games are printed with durable, heat-set ink, and are completely machine-washable.

They include pieces, rules, a brief history of the game.

They come packaged in a plain canvas draw-string pouch so they  do not stand out as a modern item in your historical reenacting kit, or at a Renaissance fair.

Items: 17 of 7, per page
  • A  Hnefatafl game inspired by a game board found in the excavation of the 9th century Gokstad Ship Burial
    Made by us here in Minnesota

     "Tafl" games are said to have been played by Norse cultures as early as 400 A.D., and were imported by the Vikings to Iceland, Britain, and Ireland. They were the primary strategy games in Northern Europe prior to Chess. Unlike Chess, or Checkers which are fought by equal armies from opposite sides of the board, "Tafl" games involve a single king and his defenders in the center of the board surrounded by a larger army of attackers.

    Our version is inspired by an unusual fragment of a game board found with the 9th century Gokstad Ship Burial discovered in Norway. The board fragment appeared to have a 13 x 13 grid on one side and a 9-Man Morris game on the opposite side. Traditionally, surviving boards are fairly plain, but to make it easier to set up we have identified the starting layout with simple knotwork designs. The king is inspired by a sheep bone game piece found in Oxfordshire, England. We also include a facsimile sheep knucklebone as an option for playing a variation which may have used dice.
    $25.00, + Shipping

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  • Our most popular two-player game!
    One of man's oldest strategy games. Played by princes & peasants for 3,000 years, Morris is simple enough for children, yet the strategies can interest adults. The object is to form "mills"(3-in-a-row). When a you make a mill, you can steal an opponent's piece. You win by reducing the opponent to just 2 men. Early versions were played with 9 pieces, but in the 14th century diagonal lines were added to the board and was played with 12 men.

    $20 + shipping
    Color of game pieces may vary.

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  • Fidchell

    In 1932 a board was found in a crannog (lake dwelling) in Ballinderry, Ireland. It contained a 7 X 7 grid of holes, and was decorated with designs used in the 10th century. Many scholars believed it to be a Fidchell (Fithcheal, or Fitchneal) or "Brandubh" game mentioned in early Irish legends, and related to Scandinavian Tafl games. These were the games of choice in Northern Europe prior to the introduction of Chess. The defenders win if the king escapes to the edge of the board, and the attackers win by surrounding the king. We include 4 different game variations included in the rules. The set also includes a simulated sheep knucklebone for use as dice for a Welsh variation. The knotwork decoration is our own interpretation of the carving on the Ballinderry Game Board. To our knowledge we are the only company to produce a game board directly based on the Ballinderry games artifact.

    $25.00 + shipping


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  • SALE!
    $5.00 off
    Due to a change in fabric suppliers we're reformating the board so we're discounting the remaining copies of the old version

    Includes our newly updated rules booklet with over 30 variations!

    (Full list of variations below)
    The rules for Cribbage were codified in the 1600's, and are descended from a older game "Noddy" dating from the 1500's. We include Noddy, three 17th century versions, as well as modern variations for 2 to 6 players!.

    $20.00 + Shipping

    Not quite what you want? See all our Cribbage boards.


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  • Glückshaus

    A German dice game that used a betting board and dates back to at least the 1500. The name translates as house of "luck," or "fortune." Players take turns rolling the dice and and must pay, or win "coins" from the board. Most traditional boards were fairly plain, but we dressed ours up a little -inspired partially by one of the more elaborate surviving examples.

    Includes the basic rules, as well as the rules for "Pinke" a Yiddish version, a drinking version “The Seven Drinks.” and  the “Harlequin Game” a Dutch variant.
    Includes dice and 50 glass drops to use as chips.

    $25.00 + shipping

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  • Checkers

    - Bored with checkers? We include 20 different variations! (Full list of Variations below) In our favorite Irish Draughts you must move one of your men the number of squares indicated by rolling a die -even if it endangers your piece. We include dice with each set of checkers.

    $25.00 + shipping

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  • Backgammon:
    Backgammon is one of the oldest, most consistantly popular games in Western history. There are variations that date back to Ancient Rome making it older than Chess. It is actually part of a large family of games once referred to as "Tables" that were played on the same type of board. We include 30 variations on Backgammon games with our set, including the ancient Roman version (full list of variations below).

    $25.00 + shipping
    Color of game pieces may vary.

    • $25.00