Ancient and Future Game Boards

This page offers some humorous evidence that HipBone Games have been played at least as far back as mediaeval and renaissance times, followed by two (serious) sketches of future 3-D game boards.

Charles Cameron

Early Players of the HipBone Games

It's just a little shocking to realize that the HipBones Games have been around a long, long time. Early Games may have been scribbled in the sands, but the earliest historical Game (ie: Game of which a record survives) is probably this one, seemingly played by the Holy Trinity in heaven during mediaeval times:

For your interest, here are some other examples of early HipBone Games boards:

Sir Thomas Browne's Quincunx Board, from the frontispiece to his The Garden of Cyrus together with a quotation from Quintillian, VIII, iii, 9, which reads:

What is more beautiful than the well-known quincunx which, in whatever direction you view it, presents straight lines?

Another early board, this one from Oronce Fine, De sphaera mundi, 1542.

Athanasius Kircher's development of the kabbalistic Tree, whose geometry gave rise to the TenStones board.

Warning: this last link will take you outside the HipBone Games site, into the wider delights of the web as a whole.

Future Boards

By way of contrast, several people have spoken to me about the possibility of three-dimensional HipBone boards, and while I haven't yet explored these possibilities at any great length, the idea is certainly in my mind, and two boards that I'd be interested to try along these lines would be:

a 3-D version of the TenStones Board, and a board based on the Buckminsterfullerene carbon atom.

And I'm also thinking about a Game played on the map of London Underground...

Charles Cameron

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