Board Games & Related Games & Recreations
Web Guide

Compiled by Ralph Dumain

General (Board) Games A Place for Board Games
A cornucopia of playable abstract strategy games.

Play online chess, checkers, backgammon, reversi, pente and other popular board games
"Play online games: chess, checkers, backgammon, Battleship, Othello, Connect4, and more!" - Free Online Card & Board Games (Kurnik)

Zillions of Games -- Unlimited Board Games & Puzzles

100 JavaScript Online Games

Richard's Play-By-Email Server

The Big Game Hunter - Bruce Whitehill


Juegos multijugador online. Ludoteka
In Spanish. Games playable online.

The World of Abstract Games

Abstract Games (Mark Thompson)

Defining the Abstract by J. Mark Thompson

Math Recreations

Abstract Games magazine

game strategy articles, game reviews, news : LINKS

The Center for Ludic Synergy (Ron Hale-Evens)

Games Magazine

Games Magazine: Game and Puzzle Links

David Parlett (Games etc)

Eric Solomon personal page

The Great Games of Sid Sackson by Bob Claster

Solitaire Laboratory (Michael Keller)

Trabsact Sagme Diaries

Board Game Studies (international society)

Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors
Formerly the American Game Collectors Association. Invaluable resource. Includes games database, rules, catalogs, & more

The Online Guide to Traditional Games Board Games - Card Games - Monopoly - Settlers of Catan - Spades - Poker

GAME PANDIT ::. All about Board Games
Indian game heritage

Kadon Enterprises, Inc. GAMEPUZZLES for the joy of thinking

Resources — other good stuff we like

Games Compendia (games for purchase)

Downloadable Computer Games and Game Reviews presented by

Game Zombies Board Game Review

Kriegspiel: Anarchist War Gaming

Ancient Board Games and the Nabataeans
See also links to Senet Games, Seega Games, Labyrinths, Petra: City of Board Games, Wadi Rumm: Valley of Game Boards

Medieval & Renaissance Games

The Game Cabinet
A games magazine last published in 2000.

The Games Journal
Monthly magazine about boardgames July, 2000 - September, 2005.

Tangente Jeux & Stratégie : Le magazine de tous les jeux
In French. Presitiguous games magazine.

Géoludie : Jeux du monde et jeux traditionnels
In French. Games worldwide.

Jeux traditionnels : Le Comptoir des Jeux
Another French site.

Logic Mazes (Robert Abbott)

Robert Abbott's Games - Brettspiele und Kartenspiele online spielen (play online)

Paris Paris (in German only)
The Bottle Imp (Flaschenteufel, in German, card game, 1995 & 2003 eds.)
Floriado (English interface, card game)
Web of Power (Kardinal & König, English interface, board game)
6 nimmt! (Take 6! card game)
Bonobo Beach (downloadable)

Board Games @ PrimatePoetics!

Mathematical Games, Toys, and Puzzles (Jeff Erickson)

Looney Labs

The Wunderland Whenever News
Looney Labs products: Fluxx & other games

Cheapass Games Double-Secret Web Site

Free Games

HipBone Games by Charles Cameron

Card Games

International Playing-Card Society

IPCS links page

Card Games

Links: Online Card Games

How To Play Hearts

Rules for Single-Pack Patience Games


Solitaire Laboratory (Michael Keller)

Specific (Categories of) (Board) Games

Mancala World (wiki)

Mancala Games (Links)

The Glass Bead Game (Mindsports, playable; Christian Freeling, Mancala variant, 1979)

Blackwater Station : Platform
Railroad Games

American Go Association

British Go Association

KGS Go Server

GoGoD Encyclopaedia and Database

Sensei's Library (Go)

Checkers / Draughts

FMJD - World Draughts Federation

American Checkers

Ares Magazine
“Bringing you 80 pages of amazing new science fiction and a complete board game in a bi-monthly periodical.”
(Kickstarter campaign)

Game of the Amazons

Lines of Action


Trax Resource Index -

The Trictrac Home Page by David Levy

The Philosopher's Game -- Rythmomachy

The Warp (Cosmic Encounter)

Hexy plays Hex home of nomic stuff

Sprouts (game) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Skedaddle & Carpet Croquet (ads from 19th century)

TaxonomyGames (wiki)

Chess & Chess Variants

The Chess Variant Pages


Shogi Club 24

XiangQi ( Chinese Chess )

Qianhong Xiangqi: Chinese Chess for Windows

Play Chinese Chess - Xiangqi at Club Xiangqi

Thai Chess Online

Game service & other information on game invented by Guy Debord

“Chess for the Insane” & “Victorian Gamers Get Wired”: Hexagonia, Three-Player Chess, Chess by telegraph

History of Chess: chesspage of JL Cazaux

On the Origin of Chess


Chess News, Chess Programs, Databases - Play Chess Online

4 Player Chess

Solo Chess

Free Internet Chess Server

“Scholarly” Role-Playing

Lexicon (game) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ghyll Wiki

Historical & Political Games

Playing History

Playing With Technology in History
April 29-30, 2010, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Trot Wars

Rule book

Trot Wars (Board Game Geek)


Conceptis logic puzzles :: the art of logic

The Puzzle Society
"Crosswords, Jumbles, Sudoku, Jigsaws and challenging puzzles"

Clifford A. Pickover

Rubik's Official Online Site

Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles


Puzzle World

Age of Puzzles

Rob's Puzzle Page

BrainBashers : Puzzles and Brain Teasers

Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection

Morpion Solitaire

Mathematical Recreations

Magic Squares, Magic Stars & Other Patterns

The triumph of melancholy: 500 years of Dürer's most enigmatic print by Karl Galle, The Guardian, 16 May 2014.
Mathematicians meet in New York to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Dürer’s print Melencolia.

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll Resources: The Game of Logic

Lewis Carroll Resources: Lewis Carroll and Chess

Lewis Carroll Resources: Doublets

Lewis Carroll’s Arithmetical Croquet

Symbolic Logic and The Game of Logic (Mathematical Recreations of Lewis Carroll) by Lewis Carroll (Dover, 1958)

Pillow Problems and A Tangled Tale (Mathematical Recreations of Lewis Carroll) by Lewis Carroll (Dover, 1958)

Gardner, Martin. Logic Machines and Diagrams. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958. (2nd. ed., University of Chicago Press, 1982.)

Wilson, Robin. Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life: An Agony in Eight Fits. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008.

Homage to Martin Gardner (October 21, 1914 – May 22, 2010)

Martin Gardner, Mathematical Games, & the Fourth Dimension (web guide & bibliography)

A more complete guide, including all the links below.

Martin Gardner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Martin Gardner Home Site (Martin Gardner Centennial 1914-2014)

Martin Gardner Testimonials

Testimonial 55: Ralph Dumain

Gathering for Gardner

The Mathemagician and the Pied Puzzler: A Collection in Tribute to Martin Gardner
edited by Elwyn Berlekamp & Tom Rodgers (Natick, MA: AK Peters, 1999)
free downloadable book 2.2 MB, .pdf format

The Lives and Games of Martin Gardner - Numericana

Gardner Index by Carl W. Lee

Martin Gardner's Collections of "Mathematical Games" Columns by Brian Raiter

Martin Gardner: Mathematical Games

Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games: The Entire Collection of His Scientific American Columns (CD-ROM)

The New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library (Cambridge University Press)

Bulgarian Solitaire

Ask Dr. Matrix

Martin Gardner | The Church of the Fourth Dimension by Giulio Prisco, October 13, 2012

See also links to fourth dimension on this site, below.

Martin Gardner Dead at 95 by Ralph Dumain

Mathematical Games: Counting Systems and the Relationship between Numbers and the Real World” by Martin Gardner
[Excerpt including acknowledgments for solutions to Baker's Solitaire problem]

Algorithmic Puzzles: Selected Bibliography

Vladimir Nabokov: Science Fiction, Artificial Languages, Ars Combinatoria, Narrative Structure, Martin Gardner, Play: An Arbitrary Bibliography

Museums, Libraries, Exhibitions

Elliott Avedon Museum & Archive of Games

Enchanted Chessmen: A World of Fantasy. An Exhibit of Chessmen through History.
Fine Arts and Special Collections Department, John G. White Collection of Chess, Cleveland Public Library.

Institut für Spielforschung an der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg

Le Musée Suisse du Jeu - Accueil

Historical Articles

Mutalik, Pradeep. “Celebrating the Playful Magic of John Horton Conway,” Quanta Magazine, October 15, 2020.

Roberts, David Lindsay. "WFF ‘N PROOF and the climate for Mathematical Recreations in the 1950s and 60s".
Paper prepared for meeting of History and Pedagogy of Mathematics –Americas Section, March 14, 2010, Washington, DC.

Veisdal, Jørgen. “John F. Nash Jr.’s Game of "Hex",” Privatdozent, Oct. 10, 2021.

Mark Twain's Memory Builder Game (1885, 1891)

MT's Memory Builder

Bibliographies & Reference

Sources in Recreational Mathematics: An Annotated Bibliography (8th Preliminary Edition) by David Singmaster

Chronology of Recreational Mathematics by David Singmaster

Games Clubs & Stores in the Metropolitan Washington DC Area

Games Club of Maryland

Games Club Of MD - Western Locations (blog)

Labyrinth Game Shop

On This Site

Bibliography of Board Games & Related Games & Recreations
(As of 30 August 1994) in the collection of Ralph Dumain

Bibliography & Catalog of Board Games & Related Games & Recreations: Games Collection of Ralph Dumain:
Supplement # 1 (1994-2008)

Noteworthy Books on Board Games & Related Games & Recreations

Algorithmic Puzzles: Selected Bibliography

Lewis Carroll’s Logic Games, Mathematical Recreations, Puzzles & Paradoxes

Miscellaneous Articles & Essays on Games: Selected Bibliography

Games in Esperanto-Land

Esperanto Games Web Guide / Esperanto — Ludoj — Retgvidilo

Konstelacio: tabulludo: regularo / Constellation: board game: rules

Monĉaso: tabulludo: regularo / Moneychase: board game: rules

Heksa Ŝako

Leibniz & Games (with illustrations & web links)

Hermann Hesse, Esperanto, Klera Utopio, Universala Lingvo / Intellectual Utopia, Universal Language
Web guide & bibliography on Hermann Hesse's The Glass Bead Game

"Ludo" de Kálmán Kalocsay

Mathematical Games: Counting Systems and the Relationship between Numbers and the Real World” by Martin Gardner
[Excerpt including acknowledgments for solutions to Baker's Solitaire problem]

Black mystic in hyperspace by R. Dumain

Frank Blighton & the Fourth Dimension

Into the Fourth Dimension” by Frank Blighton

Vladimir Nabokov: Science Fiction, Artificial Languages, Ars Combinatoria, Narrative Structure, Martin Gardner, Play: An Arbitrary Bibliography

Privilege — The Intersectionality Game

Posadism: A Guide (viz. “Trot Wars”)

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