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Rethinking Dominos

Rethinking Dominos

At the start of chapter 3 of a once forthcoming second edition of the Routier Gaming Manual[1], I pontificate: There are no references to dominos in western sources before the middle of the 18th century, when domino games appear to have been played in Italy and France. They are kept in this volume mainly so the … Continue reading Rethinking Dominos


Innovations of the Seventeenth Century 4 – Binary Numbers

Published on internationalroutier.wordpress.com on June 6, 2010 While attributed to many including Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) and the Chinese, John Napier was the first to propose a binary number system and the accompanying arithmetic. Napier used a system of the letters of the alphabet to represent ascending powers of two. Whilst mucking around with powers … Continue reading Innovations of the Seventeenth Century 4 – Binary Numbers

Kyng James, Hys Bible

This post was originally published on internationalroutier.wordpress.com on May 11, 2011 The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament and the New; Newly Translated out of the Originall tongues: & with the former Translations diligently compared and reuised, by his Maiesties speciall Com[m]andement. Appointed to be read in Churches. London: Robert Barker, 1611. I was watching … Continue reading Kyng James, Hys Bible

Rivet patterns on 17th century pike armour

This is the long threatened Pike Armour rivet pattern post. It originally appeared in the International Routier in 2006 as part of a resurgence that saw a number of us get pike armour under the Exact Militia Programme. It sort of fell out of research I'd done for my own armour and resulted in most … Continue reading Rivet patterns on 17th century pike armour

Innovations of the Seventeenth Century 3 – The Slide Rule

Published on internationalroutier.wordpress.com on August 10, 2010 One of the earliest practical applications of logarithms was the development of the slide rule. Imagine, if you will, two rectangular strips of wood placed flat on the table with their long edges together. Starting from the left, mark the numbers 0 to 9 in even intervals along … Continue reading Innovations of the Seventeenth Century 3 – The Slide Rule

The Range of Arrows

(Warning: May contain Physics) Archery was officially withdrawn from the ranks of the London Trained Bands in 1593, but continued in the country with the trained bands having a significant number of archers into the 1620s.[1] At this time a number of defences of archery vs. musquetry were written comparing range and effectiveness of both … Continue reading The Range of Arrows