If you’re actually reading the About page, welcome! The most relevant thing here is that I have an obsession with games, old and new, physical or virtual. Games were a huge part of my life growing up, and once out on my own, I kept discovering more and more games that have been created. This is thanks in no small part to the internet, since it opens up access to information I would never have encountered otherwise.
Games are my passion. I love to learn them, teach them, play them, read about them, and occasionally design them. On wandering around historic sites, when I run across a recognizable game board (like checkers) I wonder if it was for a game we still play today, or if it was for a completely different set of rules, lost to time.
When people read about history, it’s often about events, large things that affect whole nations. If you find information about a people’s daily life, it’s about how their houses were built, trade goods and fashion, food and storage. You don’t often find out what they did for fun.
I never planned to start teaching historic games. I’m not a historian, not an archaeologist, and figuring out when games were played with any great detail was never that important to me. My fascination is with how games are played, how the rules evolve through time and inspire other games. Did you know there once was no queen or bishop in chess? I didn’t, until just a few days before starting this blog, reading about it in a 13th century manuscript while looking up something else.
This kind of knowledge is just cool to me in a way I can’t always convey to others, as it’s not easy finding opponents to try some ancient game with incomplete or ambiguous rules. Fortunately, after a successful class demonstrating games for a group of teachers, my long-suffering wife has agreed to explore more with me. Maybe I’ll build an interesting curriculum. Maybe we’ll find a bunch of duds, and realize why some games were left behind. No matter what, I look forward to finding out.