Many people know Carl Linnaeus (Carl von Linné) as a father of modern taxonomy who classified many species. What many people don’t know is that Carl Linnaeus helped to keep a piece of knowledge about a fascinating game of Tablut.
Game of othello becomes increasingly popular, but many people know this game as “reversi“. Even in some Wikipedia posts you can read that reversi is another name of othello. In fact, they are two different games. Both played on 8×8 board with two-color discs, but details are different.
I would like to bring you closer to the rules of these two games. I would like you to perceive the differences.
Seega is a game from Egypt, at least in the form known today. It was popular in the 19th century for sure, but it could be known as early as in 18th century. Of course, it did not came out of nowhere. It shows similarity to much older games like Greek Petteia or Roman Latrunculorum. Egypt was part of the Roman Empire so this origin would be natural. On the other hand, I once read that Greek petteia could originate from Seega or from one of Seega’s older ancestors.
Chess bowling? What the heck is it? Let me explain…
There is interesting board game, known in Poland as “kręgle szachowe”. It’s a great game, but I have no idea about its name in English. I also don’t know any traditional name of this game. Words “kręgle szachowe” can be translated to English as “chess bowling” or “chess bowling pins”. But this game has nothing to do with chess or bowling. Let’s just say “chess bowling” is nice name.