Battle Castle features an extensive online world that continues to grow every day. This trans-medieval journey includes exclusive content, behind-the-scenes material, and plenty of opportunities to #gomedieval. Every Monday (and sometimes Wednesdays), we share awesome medieval moments we've found on the web - people who, like us, have been inspired to bring the Middle Ages into their daily lives. Here are this week's highlights:
3 ways to #gomedieval
This week is all about medieval games!
Starting with one created in the 15th Century that is still played today: Fox & Geese.
There are now several variations of the game today, but it originally began as a peg-in-board game. The goal of the game is to ‘pen’ the fox with the geese, or for the fox to ‘capture’ 12 geese.
For affluent families, such as Edward the IV, the game pieces were made out of silver instead of wood. This carried into todays royal families, where they still enjoy this game.
Eventually, the game spread to different parts of the world. In Japan the game is known as ‘Sixteen Soliders’ and the Cree people in Canada play it as ‘musinaykahwhan-metowaywin.’
Moving forward to the year 2000, Medieval themed board games are sweeping the nation.
One fun game that we enjoy here in the office is Carcassonne.
"A clever tile-laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will determine who is victorious."
This game is super easy to pick up and great for families (or production offices) since it can handle 2-5 players.And don’t worry if you don’t have time to sit down to a game, just like everything else ‘there’s an app for that!’
Now you can build a castle, protect it from siege and stay in your pajamas for the whole thing!
The PC based game, Stronghold is now on their third installment.
This game is known for trying to be historically accurate, while letting you explore the realities of medieval siege. Stronghold 3 is the continuation of the story originally set during the first edition of the game. This time it is a revenge race between The Boy and The Wolf. The Wolf had murdered The Boys father and usurped the crown in earlier games. He then was stabbed by The Boy, but managed to cheat death and has become psychotic. He now seeks revenge on The Boy by raiding towns and destroying villages. It is up to you and The Boy to stop his tide of panic.
Still in the mood for more medieval fun? Don’t forget to check out the Battle Castle games, Masters of Constantinople and our mini game!
BONUS: Here is a surprise bonus way to #GoMedieval this Monday!
One of our Producers took a photo at Crac des Chevaliers outside the Castellan’s Tower. It’s a form of Mancala, which is an old count and capture game. Versions of this popular game are played all over the world and it is hundreds, if not thousands of years old.
Just imagine the guards stationed outside the tower, playing this game to pass the time.
Now, make sure you let us know what is your favorite Medieval themed game in the comments below!
Have a #gomedieval experience to share? Let us know.