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I'm still buzzing about that Loonie game (see the Handmade page). It's still unproven. I'm curious to know how it would work out.


Are you familiar with the very old traditional game known as The Royal Game of Ur?

Let's start with this, an online game that works on Internet Explorer.

My brain took off in six directions thinking about how this could be made, or purchased, different materials and designs. I'm settling on a Canadian flag look, with the red and white stripes and the maple leaf. The board, on painted plywood, would be excellent, with crokinole pieces, popsicle stick dice and the name Maple Leaf. I'm not sure how to get that maple leaf image, the iconic one on the flag. I looked for stickers, without success, and that red colour would have to match the one on the board. Stamps are a possibility, but there is still the colour issue.
An app for this Maple Leaf project? The good news is I know exactly what look it should have, and that is quite doable. On the other hand, I don't know how to do the A.I. (and you thought it was random!). I won't make an app.


I imagine The Royal Game of Ur from four thousand five hundred years ago in Sumeria started with stick dice (used for divination?) showing how much you can move your stones in a set of pits in the ground. One can speculate about how the game originated as it developed its distinctive shape.



So apparently the first game equipment was dice. What were they used for? What comes to my mind first is combat. You roll your die against one of your opponent's dice, and the die with the lower roll is removed, until one player wins.

LSU homecoming

Things are done a little differently in Louisiana.



A classic clip showing Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 1962.