By the mid 18th C many of the games that had been played throughout the medieval period and into the period of the Civil War had been forgotten or changed. The two great survivors Backgammon and Chess were still popular but had adopted different rules. Dice games and card playing were still ever present. We present here a range of games popular from the latter part of the 18th C through to the first twenty or so years of the 19th C. Some of these games continued to be popular while others were forgotten.
- The Conspirators – A board game where either two or four players attempt to take their men to safety
- Queen’s Guards - A board game where two players race to protect their queen
- Aslato - A development of the medieval board game Fox and Geese where attention is turned from the rural to the military.
- Dominoes - Plain wooden dominoes or bone dominoes are offered
- Polish or Continental Draughts - This is draughts played on a 10x10 board with twenty men aside. The concept is similar but the rules are different. This is the game played today in parts of mainland Europe
- Period playing cards (late 18thC) - see playing cards
Adam Vaugeois, a Parisian furniture maker made two marquetry table tops displaying this game in the 1780’s which was some one hundred years earlier than the game’s first description in games literature. It is generally accepted though that it belongs to the latter half of the 18th century and is the first game to use a hexagonal board.
The two players begin the game with a queen and six guards each arranged on the board’s outer hexagons. Players take alternate turns to move one of their guards or their queen.
The winner is the first to place his queen on the central hexagon surrounded by her six guards.
Played on a 10x10 board with 20 men aside five on each of the first three rows. The right hand square is white. The game first appears in the early 17th C in the Netherlands and quickly becomes popular in much of Europe, though does not compete well with English draughts in this country. The name ‘Polish’ refers to the game being exotic when it first appeared not referring to its actual place of origin. The rules are somewhat different since the game belongs to the family of draughts games that allows the promoted man (King or Queen) to move any distance. This is known as Long Draughts as opposed to Short Draughts to which family English draughts belong