One of the most storied cities of the world celebrates its 1600th birthday this year: As legend has it, Venice was founded when three Roman officials established a trade post on the lagoon off Italy’s Adriatic shore on March 25, 421. Since then, Venice has been a refuge, a great power, and a tourist destination. Venice continues to be an inspiration due to its special topography of islands and canals, the enterprising spirits and artisanal skills of its population, and the heights of subtlety and sophistication which its diplomacy, politics, arts, and culture reached. Correspondingly, the city is a frequent subject of board games: 64 are listed in BoardGameGeek’s “family” of Venice games – many more than are set in, say, Milan (13), Florence (25), or even Rome (also 25). This post will take you on a journey through the history and board games of Venice.Continue reading
Hi. This is a board game blog. Yet, for the second time this month, there‘s a post about books: The first one was a guest post by book blogger Naty from Naty’s Book Shelf with book recommendations based on board game tastes. Here, the second one is about a series of historical novels – so at least you get the history fix you’ve come to expect on this blog.
We go back to the Age of Napoleon. France is fighting a coalition of European powers led by Britain. As Napoleon dominates the European continent, the only thing between his victorious army and Britain is the sea – and the ships that sail it. One of these ships is commanded by Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy, an Englishman as ever he was. Continue reading