This workshop is suitable as a space- / time-filling activity which can be hosted by a teacher / helper, if included in a half or whole day event.

   The board-games are hand-crafted and decorated. (They are available for sale).

   In detail we look at the evidence for board-games, which includes archaeological finds of pieces (and in rare circumstances parts of boards) and references in literature, including manuscript illustrations.

   We split into pairs and each pair is given a board with pieces and a laminated rule sheet. The games range from very simple 'solitaire' type games to the more complicated tæfl games thought to be the fore-runner of modern chess. The rules are easy to follow and fully illustrated.

   Latrunculi and Tabula are the games used here.

   Nine Mans Morris and Hnefatafl are the games used here.

   Fox and Geese and Three Men's Morris for this one.

Questions answered: What were the games made from? How were they played? Did people have time to play games?