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Ancient and Medieval Board Games and Chess Sets Featured at Chess Sets Online
Chess and strategy board games have been enjoyed for thousand of years all over the planet. Chess Sets Online offers beautiful handcrafted ancient and medieval board games and chess sets all handmade in the USA.
By: A.C. Reade Marketing LLC
Chess and other board games have traveled the world over the centuries and can still be played and enjoyed today. Stunning replicas are popular gifts and are always available at http://www.ChessSetsOnline.com.
Board games have been played all over the planet for thousands of years and are still as much fun today as they were eons ago.Nyout, an ancient horse racing game from Korea, is the ancestor of several modern board games. Players race their horses around the board and the winner is the one who gets all his horses home first. Rota, or Roman Tic Tac Toe, is of course the grandfather of our modern tic tac toe. From ancient Egypt comes Nine Man Morris that has been enjoyed for 3500 years by both Pharaohs and commoners as they tried to win by removing their opponents' pieces.
Fanaron from Madagasca is a very addictive game challenging players to capture their opponents by either approaching or withdrawing. Mankala (African Stone Game) was played by the ancient Phoenicians 3500 years ago. Originally the "board" was neither wood nor stone but was scratched in the ground and the pieces were bits of stone. Fox and Geese came from Europe in the middle ages and was a very popular board game during American colonial times.
Alquerques, the great grandfather of modern checkers, draughts and Fanorona, is a strategy game that goes back to the 10th century in the Middle East. In Northern Europe there were versions of Hneftafl games -- Alea Evangeli, Anglo Saxon; Tawlbrydd, Welsh; Tablut, Finnish; Fitchneal, Irish. Board games that were played hundred and even thousands of years ago can still be played and enjoyed today as they were in days long past.
Chess most likely begun in India as a way for the king and his court to amuse themselves while they were between wars. The game went through many changes as it traveled to Asia and eventually to Europe. Chess of the Four Seasons is an interesting version for four players who represent the seasons and fight each other. Chaturanga, also called Chess of the Two Kingdoms, is a four player game (without queens) played with teams who try to capture the opposition's kings.
Citadel Chess is played on a board with towers in each corner where the kings can seek refuge. Decimal Chess, a challenging game, introduces a piece called a "camel", a cross between a rook and a knight. Oblong Chess, or Corridor Chess, is just what it sounds like -- played on a long narrow board. A six sided die is tossed to decide which is the next piece to move. Byzantine Chess is played on a round board.
Chess Sets Online's collection of ancient board games and medieval chess sets appeal to both gamers and admirers of American handicrafts.