Cyningstan

Traditional Board Games

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Nine men's morris (no backdrop)

Here at Cyningstan we want to spread our enthusiasm for the traditional board games that have entertained people not just for centuries, but for millennia. These are games that you can make yourself, usually using simple pieces, and without restrictions of copyright or patent. Many of them are easy to learn, but difficult to master, providing a life time of amusement for people through the ages. It is no wonder that they have lasted so long!

Our activities are threefold. We provide information about many games, in the form of pages to read on this site and leaflets to print. We provide simple computer versions to play in your web browser. And for those who want to take their play away from the computer, we make and sell wooden games for you to play.

The catalogue of games we provide information about spans thousands of years. The oldest games can be traced back to about about 3000 B.C. The newest date from around A.D. 1900. We do not cover newer games than that because, as well as copyright issues that affect many of them, the sheer number of games published in the 20th century does not allow us to make anything like a complete survey. For similar reasons, we do not aim to provide information about proprietary games before 1900.

So now you know what we are about, feel free to browse the site, to shop, to play, to learn, and if you have any questions for us, please get in touch!

Latest news & blog:
Recent Book Features in Local Newspaper

20 Dec: Damian Walker's volume, A Book of Historic Board Games, has caught the interest of local newspaper the Hull Daily Mail. In an article on Thursday, the newspaper published details ... (read more...)

Featured product:
Nine Men's Morris

Enjoy a game so ancient that nobody knows where it came from. It's inscribed across all the continents of the old world, from the stones of ancient Kurna in ... (read more...)

Game of the day:
Five Men's Morris

This is a merels game from Europe, functionally almost identical to six men's morris which was favoured for a time in continental Europe. Each player has five pieces to ... (read more...)

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