Handmade Ancient Board Games

Medieval Chess & Board Games

During its long history chess has made many advancements until it became the game as we know it now.  Medieval forms, however, are still fun to play and may be a pleasant respite from the ordinary.  Board games such as Fithneal, Alea Evangelia, Mankala, Fox and Geese and Nine Man Morris were enjoyed in Europe, Africa and colonial America over the centuries and are still popular today. More and more people are returning to the gaming pleasures of our ancestors.

Handmade Ancient Games


Skyline Chess – Bringing London to your Chess Board

London Themed Chess Pieces


If  £25,000  can be raised by September 26 the designers of Skyline Chess will be on their way to manufacturing  fabulous chess sets with each chess piece depicting an iconic structures in London.

London Chess Pieces

London Chess Pieces

When the needed monies are reached only then can the prototype chess set be manufactured and marketed in acrylic (weighted) and metal.  All the chessmen can be seen in the photo on the left.  A London terraced house (row house) becomes the Pawn;  Gherkin shaped building is  the Bishop;  the London Eye (Giant Ferris wheel) is the Knight; Big Ben is the Rook; Renzo Piano’s Shard of Glass (87 story skyscraper) is, of course, the Queen; while Canary Wharf (One Canada Square, second tallest building in the U.K.) depicts the King.


It is hoped that when the London chess set comes to fruition other cities–Paris, New York, Rome, Dubai and Shanghai will become models for iconic chess pieces.  Just image battling city against city on your chess board! Let’s hope that this project reaches it funding goal and gets these fabulous city skyline themed chess sets on the market.

Click here to for more pictures, details and how to help back the project.


The Webkinz Chess Playoff! Trailer

Vote for the Winner

Pup and Cupcake  are playing chess against each other,  Which of these two dogs will be the winner.  Who do you think will be the winner?  Chess has become very popular among pets these days.  Stayed tuned to AboutBoardGames.net for more exciting videos with dogs and cats and friends engrossed in exciting chess tournaments.


Click here to play chess with dogs and cats 

Dogs and Cats Chessmen

Dogs and Cats Chessmen


Game of Go (Part 3b)

How to Play Go – Concepts


By this time you have read my three previous post about the Game of Go:

Part 1 – Overview

part 2 – Rules

Part 3a – Terminology

You may have even played a few games of go and are ready to learn more.  Once you have begun to p;lay Go you will find it very addictive and wonder why you have not played the game before and understand why its popularity has lasted 5,000 years.

In this last video tutorial in this series you will learn some very helpful concepts.


Video Tutorial for the Game of Go – Part 3b, Concepts (WeiQi, Baduk)

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