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Larger view of
Renaissance deck

RENAISSANCE PLAYING CARDS

Printed in Europe, this historical 32-card deck is based on the legend of William Tell. The exquisite artistry of the card designs makes playing with them a visual treat, once you get used to the unusual suits: hearts, grapeleaves, pumpkins and acorns. Play Euchre, Skat, Schafskopf, and other classic games detailed in Hoyle's. Our booklet describes further games not readily found in English-language rulebooks, plus vintage Solitaires. Supplied in tapestry cloth or leather-like bag. For 1 to 4 players, ages 8 to adult. (Shipping discount) $15

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Larger image of Grand Tans
and a couple of solutions

GRAND TANS®
...a hundred-year-old classic

The 7 finely handcrafted wood pieces, not the same as tangram tiles, form 101 puzzle shapes. We reconstructed them from figures found with an antique set originally published in 1891 in anchorstone by the German company, F.A. Richter. The pieces are great for improvising new designs. Their proportions are related to angles of squares and octagons, but the pie-shaped piece tends to be troublesome. Green felt drawstring storage pouch included. Wood grain may vary. For ages 8 to adult. $39

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Rules of play    
NINE MEN'S MORRIS
and FOX & GEESE

...centuries of tradition

By popular demand, we produced a handcrafted wood Nine Men's Morris board in a popular 11" size. The board is laser-engraved with the classic Morris squares and a handsome Celtic knot border design. This was an instant hit at our Renaissance booth. On the flip side is the traditional Fox and Geese grid that also serves for a jumping solitaire puzzle. Drawstring pouch holds the black and white go stones that look and feel so right with this board. For 1 or 2 players, ages 6 to adult. $65

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See also a Morris board on
canvas, back to back with
the game of Brace.

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Memory matching game


Leapfrog Solitaire

SIX DISKSTM...designed by Kate Jones

These cheerful-looking, 3" handpainted acrylic disks, numbered 1 to 6, serve several classic peg, coin and disk puzzles such as the famous Tower of Brahma where you move disks one by one from one stack to another, never putting a larger number on top of a smaller. Best score: 63 moves. Or try Leapfrog, swapping 3 disks per side with only one spare space. Or change a triangle into a circle in just 4 moves. Form polyomino shapes so every row of numbers gives the same sum, or all-different sums. "Vertical Tic-Tac-Toe" is a new twist on a classic game, played on a 1x3 board. Two engraved vinyl game mats roll up for storage in velvet drawstring pouch. Designs and colors may vary. Fun for ages 6 to adult, 1 or 2 players.$29

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NEW!!   SIX DISKS with teddybears!

Our unique Six Disks game becomes even more fun with these lively little characters wearing the numbers 1 through 6. Individually handpainted by our resident artist, Meshele; colors and poses may vary. Click them for a larger view. For ages 6 to adult, 1 or 2 players.$29

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CHRONONAUTS TM ...by Andy Looney

This card game of time travel is Andy Looney's masterpiece in a series of game hits, including Icehouse, Fluxx and Aquarius. Players are time travelers with a secret Mission, a secret Identity, and the very important job of Paradox Repair. Win 3 ways:  fix enough paradoxes, or gather 3 rare artifacts listed on your mission card, or adjust history in 3 ways to allow your character to return home. The gameboard is a layout of 32 cards, the TimeLine, which tracks the constant changes in history and plotlines. Totally absorbing as players get into their roles and alternate realities. 136 cards, 1 to 6 players, 20-45 minutes' playing time, ages 11 to adult. $20

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Medieval Games
...by Salamallah the Corpulent

This thoroughly researched book is generously illustrated with artwork of old-time gameboards and folks at play. It's a gold mine of lore on ancient games and how to play them, a good resource for Renaissance studies for individuals and classrooms. Spiral-bound, 203 pages. Here is the full table of contents. $25

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