This is an ancient game from Ireland that dates back to the Viking occupation. A member of the “tafl” family of games, probably played very much like Tablut.


Name Game

NameTagNaming names…

The question was “What name would you pick for yourself?”

It made me ponder about the name-picking process — “named after” someone, or the “it sounds good” approach, or something trendy (ugh).

A name is a statement of culture, contemporary trends, societal norms and maybe a sort of aspiration for the barer of the name. (Does a dignified name result in a dignified person? One’s name can get one beat up a lot – or shunned.) Middle names, too. One or two? More or less?

So anyhow – it occurred to me that my grandfather McCord’s middle name was “Carroll” and my grandmothers’ middle names were “Mae” and “Ernestine.” (I know grandma McCord never did like Ernestine. What was grandpa Kernen’s middle name?)

*Future Daibhre here : Grandpa’s middle name was Ely.

But where the did those names come from?

Cards, Boxes, Rule Booklets going to press…

It’s an exciting milestone for me and my game design aspirations. Thanks to Scott Bultman over at Red Hen LLC (, there are five of my game designs getting real: Tesla – Master of Lightning (premiered at the G.R. Comicon last November), Card Board, Victor or Victim, and the companion games Battlefield and Battlefield-American Civil War edition. Stand by for more news coming soon!