Board Games of History with Darrel Roche
9.30 am - 3.30 pm Studio
WARS OF THE ROSES AD 1453
MONDAY 25TH JUNE
It is the Wars of the Roses in mediaeval England. The year is 1453 and the game re-enacts the power struggles and military contests of the factions and groups of self-interested nobles for regal supremacy, between the two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster (Red Rose), and the House of York (White Rose). Key Lancastrian players include King Henry VI of Lancaster, his wife Queen Margaret of Anjou, and their baby son, Prince Edward of Lancaster (the Prince of Wales), as well as the fourth in line to the Lancastrian throne, Lord Beaufort. Key Yorkist players are Richard, Duke of York; his eldest son, Edward, Earl of March; second eldest son, George, Duke of Clarence; and youngest son, Richard, Duke of Gloucester.
BRITISH EXPLORATION OF AFRICA AD 1857
MONDAY 16th JULY
It is the exploration of Africa by the early British explorers. The year is 1857 and the game re-enacts the great challenges and discoveries of the British explorers, and the responses of the native Africans. It recreates actual conditions based on the diaries of four great British explorers of Victorian England: Lieutenant (later Captain) John Hanning Speke, discoverer of Lake Victoria (the Source of the River Nile); Captain (later Sir) Richard Francis Burton, discoverer of Lake Tanganyika; Doctor David Livingstone, discoverer of Victoria Falls; and the journalist, Henry Morton Stanley, who discovered the missing Doctor Livingstone ("Livingstone, I presume"), and traced the Congo River from its source to its mouth.
BUCCANEERS ON THE SPANISH MAIN AD1698
MONDAY 23rd JULY
It is the end period of Spain’s glory on the Spanish Main. The year is 1698 and the game re-enacts the maritime free-for-all conducted in the Caribbean and Bahamas by French, English, Spanish and Dutch buccaneers. It recreates the piratical and English challenge against Spanish hegemony as demonstrated by organized groups of pirates attacking treasure ships on the high seas, sacking coastal settlements, and even conducting trade at recognized ports. With willing crews available primarily from the island of New Providence, these ‘Brethren of the Coast’ not only plundered the Spanish, the English and the settlers, but regularly turned against each other as well for fabulous treasures of diamonds, rubies, gold, pearls and silver.
LINCOLNSHIRE HANDICAP AD 1930
MONDAY 30TH JULY
It is the epitome of the horse-racing’s ‘Sport of Kings’ in England. The year is 1930 and the game re-enacts the running of the Lincolnshire Handicap at Lincoln Racecourse in England, (which is now run at Doncaster). It recreates all period aspects of purchasing, training and maintaining both lightweight and heavyweight thoroughbreds, at a variety of high-quality and more mediocre stables. The great champions of that period, such as Dark Warrior, Flamenco, and Dorigen participate in the running of the Lincolnshire Handicap race, and the tactical skill of the jockeys, as well as the horses’ individual breeding, training, and maintenance histories, help determine the final outcome of the race, and success of the stables.