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Board Games

Burmese chess pieces
The histories of all the major board games played today from all over the world.  Including Western board games favourites like Chess (descended from Shaturanga),  Draughts (descended from Alquerque),  the ancient Egyptian game of   Nine Mens Morris,  and  Backgammon and childrens favourites Snakes and Ladders, and Chinese Checkers (a modern version of Halma).
Go Xiang Qi table
Just as importantly, games which are even more popular but less well known in the West  such as GoShogiChinese ChessMancala and  Pachisi (Ludo).  Plus some unusual games like the ancient Norse game of Tafl, the Madagascan game of Fanorona and some really ancient games like the Royal games found at Ur.

Table Games

Crokinole board

Table games including Carrom from Asia and the Billiards family through Snooker to the American and European derivatives, Bar Billiards, Bagatelle, Pool and Carom Billiards

Bagatelle table

Also, the Shovelboard and Shove Ha'penny family, Squails and Crokinole plus the table-top versions of Skittles, Indoor Quoits and casino games such as Roulette. Not forgetting Table Tennis.

Pub Games

Steel Quoits
The history of British pub games and other unashamedly traditional British pastimes: Dominoes, Cribbage, Quoits, Shove Ha'penny, Billiards and Snooker, Skittles, Darts, Bar Billiards and a few splendidly eccentric extras for good measure like Ringing the Bull, Toad in the Hole, Bat & Trap, Knur & Spell and Aunt Sally.

Lawn Games

Lawn Bowls

Traditional Lawn games including Bowls, Cricket, Croquet, Tennis, Rounders, Baseball and Badminton, Pall Mall.

If you are organising a league, competition or maybe just play a less well-known pub game in your local, the author is happy to mention it on this website for free. See the Leagues and Pubs page.