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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Board Games

Ceramic Liubo players

The two men in the picture are playing an ancient Chinese board game called liubo. We do not know exactly how this game was played.

Three of the main types of board games are:
race games like ludo, where the winner has to get to the finish first;
war games like chess, where one side defeats the other in order to win; and
counting games where the person with the most pieces or money at the end wins.

Some games need great skill, but some just need luck, often in the throw of a dice. As you look at the example board games see if you can work out whether they are race, war or counting games, and whether they need luck, skill or both. The answer is at the end.