Good Reading : June 2008
JUNE 2008 ı goodreading 49 coffee table The Book of Games by Jack Botermans is published by Sterling, rrp $39.99. Tric-Trac Players at an Inn by Adriaan van Ostade (Teylers Museum, Haarlem). In France the game was called tric-trac, in Germany it was given the name of Puff, but in England it was called backgammon. An ancient game board very closely resembling a backgammon board was found in the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamen. Assault is an exciting war game. Older versions of the game pitted hunters against prey. The game of fox and goose is among the better known examples. The modern versions of the game are fight scenarios and the battle is always fought between two armies of unequal strength. The smaller army is given added options for their movement and capture of other pieces, while the larger army is far more limited in its possibilities. This assault board from 1920 represents a battle between a red army and a blue army. The red soldier defends the fortress while the blue soldiers try to take it. The star of the French television movie Ferdinand the Cowboy, Ferdinand Raynaud, takes money from a band of gamblers in a game of poker. Poker can also be played using five special dice. A Tangram set consists of seven pieces or tans. The pieces when arranged usually form a square as this basic configuration shows. The object of the game is to use the pieces in the square and try and rearrange them to make the shapes right. The tans are placed side by side and must not overlap.