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An illustrated historic book of games that go all the way back to the Viking age. Written by two Swedish and playful authors.
An illustrated historic book of games that go all the way back to the Viking age. Written by two Swedish and playful authors.
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NEWSFLASH! We have reached our last stretch goal and You can now choose the book in either English or Swedish. We'll sort out the details of what language you want November 16th, when the campaign is over.

MORE NEWS! The books are now sent off to be printed. Unfortunately this means that new backers won't have your name printed in the Acknowledgements in this edition. You are important, so I will save your names to future editions.

Play the very Games and Sports that entertained our ancestors for hundreds and hundreds of years. Some of them are dated all the way back to the Viking age and we have specially chosen the ones that are fun and playable.
This beautiful Coffee table book is packed with colourful photos, illustrations and instructions of how to play- and the historic background of over 30 different games. We are very passionate about bringing them to life and every man, woman and child really needs to try them out!

We (Martin and Olof) have nearly 25 years of practical experience interpreting and playing these old Games and Sports. They often include everyday objects, mostly things lying around like wooden sticks or lengths of rope. This was all before the invention of plastic and computer games. Don’t let that fool you, our ancestors were very innovative.

Martin to the left and Olof to the right playing Dra Gränja. A medieval tug-of-war.
Martin to the left and Olof to the right playing Dra Gränja. A medieval tug-of-war.

Olof Johansson has a Masters degree in History of Sports and Martin Wande is a senior Information Designer and Illustrator. Together we have spent more than twenty years gathering material and physical experience both performing and teaching people how to play these old and very amusing games and sports. We really wish to spread this forgotten cultural heritage of fun to all the corners of the world. Just like the Vikings did ;-)

 Shipping included (except for the last two ones).

Hard Cover Book - Mission accomplished!
It only took 44.5 hours to reach our goal. You can be confident that the book will be printed and delivered to you. We are also near the last stretch goal, to print the book in Swedish too.

Gold Relief  - Mission accomplished!
This book deserves a fancy sparkling relief cover. Actually it will probably be in silver, the Vikings loved silver ;-)

A Swedish Version - Mission accomplished!
Since we are from Sweden a Swedish version is ready for print. With 16 days left we reached this final stretch goal. Now you can get the option to choose the book in either the English or Swedish language. You will get the question when the campaign has ended and Martin collects your shipping address.

We have already reached our minimal goal and will pitch in our own savings to print a high quality English edition of the book. It seems very likely that our last stretch goal will be met and I'm confident the Swedish version of the book will be printed too.

The book is nearly finished and we just have to Kickstart the printing press before the 13th of November to manage a world wide delivery before Christmas.

There are many reasons as to why this book is important, apart from the preservation and spreading of knowledge. We really want you to get out of your chair and start moving. For a book to manage that it has to be a good combination of inspiring, instructive and entertaining content. We haven't found any other book that does this for us so we made this one by ourselves.
But there is more to this than getting in shape and having fun. Playful games are so much more adaptable than the rigid rules of modern sports. With a game you can change the rules in a heartbeat, to include others. Try to roll up in a wheelchair to a football practice, how likely do you think they are to change anything for you to be able to join?
Try doing the same with a group playing a simple playful game. They will be much more likely to change the rules a bit. Or perhaps even change to a completely different game, better suited for the present company.
The point is not to be too strict about the rules. Although the game rules in this book (which actually are more of guidelines) are authentic, you shouldn't forget that someone invented them hundreds of years ago. So go ahead, get inspired, change the rules or come up with completely new games that might even become better than our ancestors?

* The book will be in English and if our stretch goals are met it may also be available in Swedish.

Risks and challenges

The book has to go to print the 13th of November for us to manage a world wide delivery before Christmas. Lucky for us it's not a Friday the 13th ;-)

Packages can get delayed in the postal service and some unfortunate backers might recieve their rewards after Christmas :-(

Backers that pitch in the last few days will not get their names printed in the first edition of the book :-(

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    BIG THANKS - Your name- or nickname printed in the first edition of the book. This applies to all the other rewards as well.

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    BUDGET GAME FOLDER - A 48 paged, black & white “light version” game folder containing instructions and illustrations how to play the games. (In either English or Swedish)

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    THE BOOK - Your very own hard cover copy of - 1000 Years of games and sports - written in English*.

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    GAME FOLDER X5 - 5 copies of the 48 paged, black & white "light version" game folder containing instructions and illustrations how to play the games. (In either English or Swedish)

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    DOUBLE UP - 2 copies of the book - 1000 Years of games and sports - written in English*.

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    RETAILER BARGAIN - Ten copies of the book - 1000 Years of games and sports - written in English* with a suggested retail price at €30-35 or $40-45. You receive a business reciept for your accounting needs.

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    GAME KIT DeLuxe - For the rich and lazy. You get The Book, Budget Game Folder and all the gear you need to play the games. However, most games don't really need any equipment at all and you can buy what you need at the local hardware store to a much more reasonable price anyway.

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