Good Reading : June 2008
48 good reading ı JUNE 2008 It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. And The Book of Games: Strategy, tactics and history provides, in detail, the rules, strategy and history of 65 games with origins from around the world. Some of the games included are English Checkers, Poker which originated in the US, and Pachisi, which is an ancient game from sixth-century India. Games so often reflect history as in the Siege of Paris which incorporates some elements of chess.The game commemorates the attack on the French capital by the armies of a coalition of Ger man states led by Prussia in 1870 and ended with a triumphant march of the Germans down the Champs Elysées. Modern games are also featured including Mastermind, which was invented by Mordecai Meirowitz in 1971. He took his inspiration from the old English game of Bulls and Cows which was especially popular with children.The game was for two players, one of whom would establish a written code, which the other had to crack. Meirowitz simply replaced the written code with coloured game pieces, so players have to crack the code containing the number of colours and the order in which they fall. And s Mastermind was born, a game which quickly spread throughout the world and h sold millions of copies. This detailed and engrossing book is a fascinating look at how people throughout the ages socialised, gambled and generally entertained themselves. coffee table The oldest snakes and ladders game boards in existence are circular in shape. This ancient game’s source appears to be moksha patamu, the mystical race game from India used to complement religious instruction. Snakes and ladders depicts the eternal struggle between good and evil. Good acts are rewarded with success, while bad acts lead inexorably to misfortune. A French postcard, 1900. The doctor and his patient pass the time playing a game of dominoes. During this period, it was commonplace to affix the postage stamp to the front of the postcard. The domino tiles shown here are made of ebony covered by a fine layer of ivory. The ivory has small holes for the dots, which are painted black. These tiles were made in 1834.