Play a 1000 year old abstract strategy game at UKGE 2015

Games the Vikings once played.

Play with History/The Historic Games Shop are bringing the 1000 year old Alea Evangelii, or Game of the Gospels, to this year's Games Expo, for strategy gamers to play. This is the largest and most complex of the Tafl games, originally brought to Britain by the Vikings, of which Hnefatafl is the best known. Tafl games are asymmetrical abstract strategy games which are set toward the end of a battle between a king and an enemy army. In all the games the king and his men are surrounded by an army of twice the size. The king tries to escape, while the attackers must capture him to win. Tafl boards, always with an uneven number of squares, range from 7x7 up to 19x19 squares - the version gamers will be able to try out at the Play with History stand. Alea evangelii is pictured in a 11thC Anglo-Saxon copy of a 10thC Irish Gospel book now held by Corpus Christi College Cambridge.

Visitors to UKGE 2015 will also be able to try out a a wide range of historic games, from the Roman period up to the Eighteenth century (www.thehistoricgamesshop.co.uk); as well as the Play with History range of strategy games designed by us, all with an historical theme (www.playwithhistory.co.uk). A new addition to the range for this year is Murder in the Forum, a blocking game in which two groups of Roman citizens, angry about misspent taxes, pursue each other through a provincial forum, with mayhem and murder ensuing!

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