Lexicon 6

Game boards and playing pieces have provided an opportunity for craftsmen and artists to create works of art for thousands of years. Boards of inlaid woods, intricately carved ivory, and beautiful colored lithographs, as well as carved and cast playing pieces, are an important part of the tradition and excitement of historic and contemporary board games.

At the same time, many of the board games have been inscribed on stone or drawn on the ground. All over the world and throughouthistory, people have drawn simple combinations of lines and spaces that make up many of the boards for the games in this book.

All of the board-game patterns in Play It Again can easily be traced over with a sheet of lightweight white paper or tracing paper. If you do not want to spend time tracing or copying the patterns, photo¬copy machines will help you reproduce them quickly and conven¬iently. After copying the boards and cutting them out, you should as¬semble and mount them with spray mount or rubber cement onto medium-weight cardboard or posterboard You may find it easier to assemble the playing boards by working on a piece of waxed paper so that any extra glue can be easily wiped up.

Some of the playing patterns in Play It Again are in one piece and will be very easy to copy and mount. Other patterns have more than one piece and are slightly more complicated to assemble. The more complex patterns are presented in the order in which they should be assembled.

The spaces on boards for such games as the Game of Goose, Snakes and Ladders, and Steeplechase are numbered so that the first number on the second board-pattern piece should follow the last num¬ber on the first piece of the pattern: On the Game of Goose board, for example, the second pattern piece connects up with the 3rd space and the 4oth space on the first pattern piece; the third pattern piece con¬nects up to the 12th space, and space 46 follows the 45th space on the second pattern piece; and the fourth piece of the pattern connects both the 22nd and 52nd spaces and the 59th and the 32nd spaces on the third pattern piece.

Other playing boards, such as those for the versions of Draughts, Nyout, and Fox and Geese, have more than one identical pattern piece. On the patterns such as these, a flap is included that indicates where to glue the pieces together. Place one pattern piece down, put glue on the flap, and position the second piece on the flap and so on until the com¬plete board is assembled.