GAM 206: History of Games

 

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Mondays and Wednesdays: 10:10 -- 11:40 am
Room Lewis 1007
Professor Robin Burke
Office 453 CST
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:45 am – 12:45 pm and Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Contents:
Readings:

There is no textbook for the course. Some readings are on-line; other will be handed out in class. Readings list.

Resources:

Essential resources for the research project

  • The Oxford History of Board Games
    This entire book is available on-line at Course On-Line. It is the most complete work of its kind in English and is the best place to start if you think you want to research a board game.
  • The Oxford History of Card Games
    This entire book is available on-line at Course On-Line. It is the most complete work of its kind in English and is the best place to start if you think you want to research a card game. It does not cover Asian card and tile games, however.
  • Pagat (http://www.pagat.com/)
    A thorough and well-organized site on card games. The best place to start if you think you want to research a card game (although Playing Card Picture Gallery has better coverage of more obscure and Asian games.)

Other useful sites

  • Alphonso Manuscript (http://games.rengeekcentral.com/)
    The most important Medieval source on games, especially chess but also other games.
  • Caxton's Game and Playe of the Chesse (1474) (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10672/10672-h/10672-h.htm)
    One of the first books published in the English language. It is short on chess instruction, but full of symbol and allegory. It is based on an earlier work in Latin by Jacques de Cessoles, translated first into French in several editions and then into English by Caxton.
  • The Game Cabinet (http://www.gamecabinet.com/)
    An on-line magazine on board games with some interesting reference material
  • Masters Traditional Games (http://www.mastersgames.com/rules/rules.htm)
    Web site of a high-end game retailer. Good descriptions for a handful of games.
  • On line Guide to Traditional Games (http://www.tradgames.org.uk/features/board-games.htm)
    A site aimed at historical re-enactment. Has some rules and descriptions of board and dice games.
  • Playing Card Picture Gallery Index (http://a_pollett.tripod.com/cardpgal.htm)
    Illustrations of many types of playing cards including good discussion of non-Western card games.
  • Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.com/)
    General web encyclopedia with many entries on specific games.