THE MERRY GAMESTER:  A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Games from Ancient Times to 1901



In the early 1990's, historian and historical re-enactor Walter Nelson "looked with dismay on my fellow Renaissance Faire participants and Civil War re-enactors inventing card and dice games because they lacked the energy or research skills to find the rules to actual, historical games."  In an answer to this knowledge gap, Nelson penned this thoroughly researched and witty guide presents myriad historical games spanning the epochs.  Descriptions of the game, historical research and play rules on the following games [and more!] are included:  

  • Gleek
  • Piquet
  • Lansquenet/Landsknecht
  • Maw
  • Hombre-Renegado
  • Put
  • Brag
  • Faro & Basset
  • Spanish Monte
  • Quadrille (Patience)
  • Hazzard
  • Passe Dix
  • Novem-Cinque
  • Raffle or Inn and Inn
  • Chuck-a-luck or Sweat-Cloth
  • Over-and-Under-Seven
  • Nine-Man-Morris
  • Hnefatafl
  • Medieval Chess
  • Quoits
  • The Royal Game of Goose


Pre-sales copies are available directly through Xistis Press.

A Good Grief Publication

ISBN-10:  0-9763976-2-5 | ISBN-13:  978-0-9763976-2-5
Paperback | $15.95 Trade | £12.95 | €14.95
140 x 216 mm | July 2017






"The Merry Gamester," Walter Nelson