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Our Celtic art game boards are silk screen printed, and then hand colored before being sealed with satin finish polyurethane.

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    A hand colored board with a Hnefatafl game on one side and Morris on the reverse inspired by a two-sided game board found in the excavation of the 9th century Gokstad Ship Burial
    Made by us here in Minnesota

    Our version of a Hnefatafl game using game pieces inspired by a surviving sheep bone game piece found in Oxfordshire, England. "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, Ireland, and Wales. 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 the 9th century Gokstad Ship Burial discovered in Norway. The board fragment appeared to have a 13 x 13 grid. 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 boards are about 3/4" thick and 16-inches square. We also include facsimile sheep knucklebones as an option for playing "Tawlbwrdd" a Welsh variation which may have used dice.
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    There is an unconfirmed legend that Captain Cook played this ancestor to the modern game of Connect Four™ to relax below deck with his fellow officers during his voyages. The story claims that he spent so much time playing the game, that it came to be known as "The Captain's Mistress." The object of the game is simple, players try to be the first to line up four of their wooden balls in a row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally. At game's end, pull the "gangplank" and the hardwood balls drop back into the box. 7 5/8" x 5 1/4" x 2 1/8"
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    WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-
    Set contains small objects.

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    A hand-colored board with a circular "Byzantine" Chess game on one side, and on the other side is a combination a standard Chess board and Tablut game played on the lines of the board.

    Tablut belongs to the family of Scandinavian "Tafl" games. These were popular games 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 before he escapes. Includes a small version of The Isle of Lewis Chess pieces with additional white pawns included for playing Tablut.

    In addition to the Chess pieces we include two variations in rules for circular Chess, rules for Tablut, a set of wooden Checkers, and our booklet of Checkers rule variation. The board is 14 inches square. Colors of the game boards may vary slightly from those pictured

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    This is considered a competition "sprint style" board with 60 holes straight up and 60 holes back and a simple Celtic knot engraved down the center. In an effort to standardize the cribbage board, the American Cribbage Congress (ACC) recommends a standard board that is 60 holes long to decrease pegging errors and to help improve tournaments. It measures 16" x 3.75"

    It includes metal pegs stored in a hole in the back.
    Includes our newly updated rules booklet with over 30 variations!
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    A small (7" x 3.5") 2-track Cribbage board with a Celtic knotwork design engraved down the center. Includes metal pegs in a storage compartment in the bottom.
    Includes our newly updated rules booklet with over 30 variations!

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    This game seems to be about 200 years old and was first popular along the French coast with Fishermen and sailors. We don't make these ourselves, but in response to frequent requests we've started carrying them. Roll the dice and lay down any numerical combination of tiles that match your roll. Just keep on rolling until you can no longer match your roll on the remaining tiles. The lowest score wins the game. If you lay down all the tiles, then you’ve "shut the box". 

    It can be played with any number of players, taking turns, but the 4-sided board makes it ideal for 2-4 players. It can even be a solitaire game. Includes eight dice.

    • 4-Player Shut-the-Box game with tiles numbered 1 to 10
    • Measures 8.5 x 8.5 x 1.25 inches
    • Felt lined playing surface for quieter rolls of the dice
    • Eight dice included (4 different colors)


    We also include a list of 16 different variations in Shut the Box rules as well as 6 dice so the box can be used as a dice tray for other games, and our own booklet of early dice games.

     

     

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