Traditional Board Games


The information on this web site comes from a large number of books, academic papers and magazine articles, as well as historical sources. The books here are the most readily available; those out of print can be found second-hand on-line.

Astrop, J. The Pocket Book of Board Games. Viking Children’s Books, 1980.

Bell, R. C. Discovering Old Board Games. Aylesbury: Shire Publications Ltd., 1973.

Bell, R. C. Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1979.

Bell, R. C. The Boardgame Book. London: Marshall Cavendish Ltd, 1979 (b).

Bell, R. C. Discovering Old Board Games (second edition). Aylesbury: Shire Publications Ltd., 1980.

Bell, R. C. Games to Play. London: Michael Joseph Limited, 1988.

Botermans, J. et al. The World of Games. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1989.

Botermans, J. The Book of Games. New York: Sterling Publishing, Inc., 2008.

Falkener, E. Games Ancient and Oriental, and How to Play Them. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1961.

Murray, H. J. R. A History of Chess. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1913.

Murray, H. J. R. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1952.

Parlett, D. The Oxford History of Board Games. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Pritchard, D. Brain Games: the World’s Best Games for Two. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd., 1982.

Walker, D. G. A Book of Historic Board Games. Hull: Cyningstan, 2014.


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