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Old 04-13-2017, 09:50 AM
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Also, for the record, we had the hardest time finding what I consider to be a platonic ideal set of checkers: big board with colourful red and black pieces.
Every game of checkers I've actually played has had pieces that look like your picture - to me it's the iconic set of checkers pieces. The really big pieces always seemed like a Cracker Barrel curiosity surely no one had ever actually played with.
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Old 04-13-2017, 09:50 AM
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I've never heard this and I'm not finding any thing online (but I haven't come up with a good google string that gets at the heart of the matter).

Looking into the history of the game, it's messy! It seems to have existed in some form for just about forever. Ancient Egyptian and Grecian texts make reference to games where you remove your opponents pieces by maneuvering your own. That's not to say these games directly morphed into Checkers, just that it was a go-to mechanic for board based games (one that's common around the ancient world).

Historians seem to agree that Checkers came out of France or Spain in the 15th century or so. It's hard to pin down any history as no real texts about the game were written until later. The common consensus is the game evolved from Alquerque, a Middle Eastern game that might have made it's way up into Europe from Monaco.

I found one series of books that argued the game was developed in response to the political situation in Spain when Queen Isabella I gained more political power than her husband, which would explain why in most non-English speaking countries the pieces in Checkers are called the same thing as the Queen in Chess. Then again, these books, while heavily researched, are self published. So take that as you will.
I'm happy to be wrong on this bit of hearsay.
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:01 AM
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:31 AM
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For the record, the only checkers set we had around when I was a kid looked like this:



The shape of that is significant, but will probably be lost on most of you.
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:35 AM
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For the record, the only checkers set we had around when I was a kid looked like this:



The shape of that is significant, but will probably be lost on most of you.
...You could flip it over and play Chinese Checkers?
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:37 AM
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...You could flip it over and play Chinese Checkers?
Close, but no! A (much?) more obscure game than that.
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:44 AM
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I wonder if there's actually anyone that's never played checkers. I mean, they have to exist, but if I've met any they haven't volunteered the information. Perhaps it's time for science!
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:49 AM
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Close, but no! A (much?) more obscure game than that.
Fox and Hounds?
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:54 AM
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i was totally the best at checkers in elementary school

ain't none of my classmates could beat me
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:56 AM
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Fox and Hounds?
Also no, but I'm currently enjoying reading about this! I wonder how many checkers variants like this exist?

As for the game on the reverse of that board, I think it's primarily (solely?) a traditional rural Canadian game typically played on a very specialized octagonal (or sometimes circular) board and involving manual dexterity.
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:56 AM
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Fox and Hounds?
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:57 AM
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i was totally the best at checkers in elementary school

ain't none of my classmates could beat me

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Old 04-13-2017, 11:00 AM
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For the record, the only checkers set we had around when I was a kid looked like this:

The shape of that is significant, but will probably be lost on most of you.
It's crokinole. Truly the sport of kings!
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:04 AM
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I do not believe there is a possible pronounciation of that that doesn't make me giggle.
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:13 AM
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Damn, Mike got it before I had the chance!
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:16 AM
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Damn, Mike got it before I had the chance!
I have almost certainly been playing it since before you were born! Gotta wake up early in the morning to get one over on Old Man Croke.
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:21 AM
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WTF is Crokinole
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:24 AM
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a traditional rural Canadian game typically played on a very specialized octagonal (or sometimes circular) board and involving manual dexterity.
For more than that, see Wikipedia.

(I'm trying to avoid derailing checkers discussion, as that was not my intent. >_<)
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:30 AM
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Unless Loki gives us an in-depth look at all the changes to the board over the years I don't know how much Checkers discussion there is going to be.

I always wanted to play as Black. We played double kings I think? But I don't think that gave the piece any additional abilities.
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:33 AM
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Unless Loki gives us an in-depth look at all the changes to the board over the years
*begins waiting expectantly*
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:35 AM
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:37 AM
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Checkers makes sense but who BUYS a tic tac toe board. Are they households that forbid pencils and paper?
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That's a way better theming than most soulless cash-in game skins, actually. I mean, what better mascot for checkers than Jump Man?
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:58 AM
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"Imagine you're playing a complex computer game while playing two meat people games that were long ago solved by computers"
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Old 04-13-2017, 12:18 PM
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I wonder if there's a Walking Dead themed Checkers board. There's a Walking Dead themed everything else!
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Old 04-13-2017, 12:38 PM
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I wonder if there's a Walking Dead themed Checkers board. There's a Walking Dead themed everything else!
Doesn't look like it, but there is...ugh..*cough* *hack*

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Old 04-13-2017, 12:39 PM
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No Checkers but I did find this.

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Old 04-13-2017, 12:44 PM
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i didn't really even think about putting checkers on my list. i don't hate it, but i took to chess pretty early, and while checkers does have the mathematical edification of "solving" stuff i guess, i've never felt it was satisfying as a game, in the sense of something i'd want to spend time playing

obviously it's a classic but so is, like...well, candyland, i guess
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Old 04-13-2017, 12:50 PM
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Not related, but. Every time I see the thread title, I read it in the nasalliest voice possible. (That's totally a word)
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Old 04-13-2017, 12:55 PM
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