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Ben Townsend

Games.

Can anyone remember the name of the excellent skittles type game we played at Long Sutton?
Here is an image of some more military frolics (presumably occupation era) cribbed from The Histoire Vivante forum.



Any takers?
Paul Durrant

OMG! A Bouncy Castle!
iain

I think they called it Long Skittles but I cannot find anything on the web, might be worth contacting the Knights of Honour group at http://www.knightsofhonour.info/#
Ben Townsend

Tried the Knights, lovely people but they don't check their email very often! Right, I'm going to build one while I can still remember the rules. How about using a French Eagle for the King Skittle?
iain

sounds good, the other skittles are very simple, just take one of the awning poles and cut it up
1stSgt.Bleacher

Can someone please further elaborate?
BenC

Sorry to hijack this thread a little but, had modern chess been developed by our period? Or where people still playing Hnefatafl? Would it be a game for just the officers?
Ben Townsend

Chess was a coffee house staple in the C18th century. It was recognisably the game we play now, but the pieces were not yet standardised in design. More information on the style of chess pieces here,

http://sites.google.com/site/caroluschess/antique-chess-sets

http://www.eldrbarry.net/hatr/chess/convent.htm

Edit: Sorry, just realised I hadn't answered your question. Coffee houses are more a middle and upwards class thing, but that doesn't exclude all soldiers, many of whom were drawn from urban artisanal occupations.
Ben Townsend

Skittles (camp skittles? field skittles?) constructed. Now who can recall the rules?

1. Two rows of five pegs, 20 feet apart.
2. One King skittle central and equidistant.
3. 6 throwing batons. (underarm only).
iain

ben wrote:
Skittles (camp skittles? field skittles?) constructed. Now who can recall the rules?

1. Two rows of five pegs, 20 feet apart.
2. One King skittle central and equidistant.
3. 6 throwing batons. (underarm only).


Team 1 throws batons to knock down Team 2 skittles. If any skittles are knocked down then Team 2 have to throw these skittles into team 1's half, these skittles then act as defenders. team 2 has to knock down the defenders first before they can throw at team 1 skittles.
If team 2 do not knock all of the defender skittles down, then team 1 can move to the line of the furthest defending skittle and throw from this point at Team 2 skittles.
And so on.

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