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Cthulhu Netobvious
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Entertainment and Games of the Era
entertainment, games

Quoting BluSponge (moved this here from another thread)


  • Ball
  • Banquet
  • Boating
  • Coach journeying (coaching)
  • Dancing
  • Games
  • Games, gambling
  • Hawking
  • Hunting
  • Joust
  • Musical performance
  • Music hall
  • Party, private
  • Party, tea
  • Puppet theater
  • Racing (foot, horse, etc.)
  • Riding
  • Sports event
  • Theatrical play
  • Yachting


Sports & Sports Events

  • Archery
  • Badminton (shuttlecock &
  • battledore)
  • Bear and bull fighting
  • Bear bating
  • Bowling, 10-pins
  • Bowling, 9-pins
  • Boxing
  • Bull baiting
  • Cock fighting
  • Dog fighting
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Jousting
  • Jumping
  • Racing, foot
  • Racing, horse
  • Racing, sulky
  • Tennis
  • Throwing, hammer
  • Throwing, javelin
  • Weight lifting
  • Wrestling

Games, Gaming Objects

  • Backgammon
  • Badminton
  • Billiards
  • Blind man’s bluff
  • Bowls
  • Cards
  • Caroms
  • Charades
  • Chess*
  • Coin (or washer) pitching/lagging
  • Counters (chips)
  • Croquet
  • Darts
  • Dice
  • Draughts (checkers)
  • Go
  • Golf
  • Hide & seek
  • Hoop and stick
  • Hop scotch
  • Horseshoes
  • Jacks (game)
  • Jump rope
  • Mah jong
  • Mumblety-peg
  • Naughts & crosses (tic-tac-toe)
  • Nine men’s morris
  • Nine pins
  •  Parcheesi
  • Pool
  • Pots & stones (mancala)
  • Put & take
  • Questions (20 questions)
  • Quoits
  • Roulette
  • Senet
  • Shovel (shuffle) board
  • Skittles
  • Snooker
  • Tennis
  • Tiddledy winks
  • Tops

*Types played besides “modern” include chaturanga, Chinese, circular board, courier, double (four player), great, “old”, and shogi.

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BluSponge blusp...
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And with that, it's time to break out (of all things) Gary Gygax's World Builder (which, if you don't have in your reference library, you really need to hunt down a copy).  It doesn't answer the question of what "squares" is, but gives a variety of other games that might be played during the era.  Gygax was pretty good about research, as was his co-writer Dan Cross.  It generally includes up to 17th Century entertainment.

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*Types played besides “modern” include chaturanga, Chinese, circular board, courier, double (four player), great, “old”, and shogi.

True Iskander
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Sorry for the extremely random question, but...

Do any of the books explain exactly how the game Squares works?  I was thinking the other day about what games might realistically exist in Theah.  Some are specifically mentioned like dice games and darts, and then probably billiards for upscale bars, primitive versions of some ball-based sports like soccer and golf, sorte-card games, etc.

But I don't know if they ever explained Squares.  I'm almost picturing it as a Sudoku-type game. :)

Joachim Deneuve...
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Billiards we know exists: I think it was in Frieburg that there was a floor plan of a manor house with a billiards room.


I always thought of Squares as Draughts (or Checkers, for Americans and young people).

Cthulhu Netobvious
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Surely they also had Poker in 7th Sea. What, with all those Sorte cards lying around. An ace in hand is a strong temptation to gamble with fate and fortune.

Just a pity Motorhead was not yet a band in the fictional world of 7th Sea.

Playing for the high one, dancing with the devil,
Going with the flow, it's all a game to me,
Seven or Eleven, snake eyes watching you,
Double up or quit, double stake or split, it's
The Ace Of Spades
The Ace Of Spades

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No details that I recall. For the era, there would be three types of games. Montaigne parlir games which entertain groups at the salon or casual meeting. These are mostly guessing type party games, play on words driven things and the sort. Military strategy games ajedrez, the Crescent version of chess springs to mind. And pirate spread gambling games. Mostly dice based because of ease for transportation and wear and tear on cards. Plus cards are not a toy in a world of fate witches.
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I would think that there would be card games, though not usually at sea. In our world, the Tarot was first used for games long before it was used for fortune telling.
Cthulhu Netobvious
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True, and not all Theans believe in Fate Witches. And even if they do, some gambling over life and death odds may even boost the intrigue of such games. Kind of how Russian roulette with a loaded revolver is a life and death gamble.

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Ok, games being my thing let me give you a few further bits. Nine of the cards will have numbers. Literacy being less common, people relied on the symbols and counted or matched. Spanish decks would number 1-7 or 1-9 depending on the game. Many of their games would also use non linear scoring for trick taking. (So it might score 7, 1,2,6,5,4,3 for high card). Cacho may be the most famous of the early games and dates to at least 1690. Rentoy may have come from Belgium and dates to before 1600. It used a regular deck but omitted the 8,9 and 10's. It is a team trick taking game where scoring again has a card out of order ( aces fall between the 7 and Jack) and the Trump suit further advances the 2 to the strongest position. You can find rules for a game known as "laugh and lie down" which would be a great filler for squares as a card game. Landsknecht may be the most famous of this era. Played by German mercenaries, it involves one player as the bank betting against the others on pairs being dealt. Period dice games include Gluckshaus, Inn and Inn, As much with two as One, and liar's dice ( which has a different name in every nation and claims origins in every port city). But keep in mind, card games are pretty non existent until the printing press. Before that, you had to hire artisans to hand make your cards . where dice were pretty easy to carve. A very rate set of cards went to auction a couple years ago. A full deck belonging to the Spanish Royal family hand engraved silver plates. ( not for printing, the actual cards were metal).
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