A History of Turn Based Strategy Games Online

Online games have been greatly characterized by real time strategy games with the likes of StarCraft or Command and Conquer. Despite the immense popularity of these, one’s notion of online games should not just be confined to these few, for there has been a newer and more exciting kind of online games that has been making a mark in the gaming battlefield. This type of online game is called the turn based strategy game.

Turn based strategy games are the exact opposite of rts games. If in a real time strategy game, all the gamers can play at the same time and can perform their tactics and commands all at once, the scenario is different in a turn based strategy for each player takes turns when maneuvering or performing their tactics. In a way, these reminds the players of playing board games in such a way that a player can’t act until the other player has done whatever he or she has to do.

One of the most popular turn based strategy games nowadays is the online game called Ferion. Ferion is just like the known war games like StarCraft, but it is different since it is turn based. It is somehow similar to StarCraft because of its science fiction appeal, but what sets Ferion apart from the likes of StarCraft is that it can be played on the browser, which makes it really accessible to anyone who wants to play online. If you want to play this game, all you need to do is to go to http://www.ferion.com and sign up so that you can have your account which will be your identity in this game. Once you’ve signed up, then you are all set to play Ferion. This online game consists of different games in which the players can be able to showcase their prowess in strategies. In this game, there are Arenas in which the players would have to dominate by using the right tactics to gain control of the majority of the arena so that the game can be concluded. Being a turn based game, this strategy game can actually last for some months before a victor emerges. Although this game doesn’t have much action in it, this can still be worth your time because it requires a lot of strategizing that includes politicking and other sorts of tactics, compared to the usual real time strategy games. Unlike the real time online games that are somehow affected by how fast you click on your mouse, Ferion is a game that requires thinking more than mouse clicking.

This turn based strategy game is actually free, but in time you need to pay some money in order to fully enjoy the game. If you plan to be an expert in Ferion, then you should start preparing some bucks in the future. For now, if you only want to have a feel of this great and brain challenging game, then you can have it for free.

The History Of Pinball Machines

Pinball machines have a complex history. The roots of the modern-day pinball machines that you use in your local café come from games such as croquet and billiards, which constitute of guiding a ball to a precise location by hitting them with an instrument. However, the real spiritual ancestor to modern pinball machines was the game of Bagatelle. Developed in France during the 18th century, the game consisted of getting balls into the holes on one side of the board using a stick or a cue. The surface of the board was inclined, and obstacles were set in front of the holes to provide a more challenging experience. Many of these features have been adapted and can be seen in modern pinball machines.

In the 19th century an inventor named Redgrave took the design of the Bagatelle game and improved on it. One of his additions, still visible today, is the plunger: a device which launched the ball up an inclined field. However, once the ball was released from the plunger the user could not interact with the ball further, as flippers for the pinball machine had not yet been developed. This lead to individuals gambling on the outcome the ball would face. As a result, pinball machines were banned in many parts of the United States, including in New York City from 1940 up to 1976. The ban on the machines was ended in a famous case where Roger Sharpe claimed that the balls could be controlled by skill (with the addition of flippers) and were not solely based on luck. On a pinball machine present in the courtroom, he announced where he was going to hit the ball and proceeded to do so successfully.

The 1930s saw much innovation in terms of the design of pinball machines. The machines now included limited electronic functions such as basic sounds and the ability to propel the ball without the user’s force. Several new features were introduced at this time as well, such as the tilt mechanism and free games. These new features were groundbreaking for those days and sparked a renewed interest in pinball machines. The “Humpty-Dumpty” pinball machine was the first pinball machine to include flippers. This meant that users could now play a ball for a greater period of time and introduced the whole aspect of skill and controlling the ball while playing pinball.

However, with video games being developed in the 1980s, they were quickly set aside in arcades to make way for the innovation provided by the video game sector. Many companies which had made their fortunes on manufacturing pinball machines were forced to close. It was only in the 1990s that pinball machines made a comeback, bringing exciting innovations to the machines such as a complex displays and sound systems.

Yet the turn of the millennium was a turn for the worse for pinball machines, and the sales reported by many manufactures were falling dramatically. Most manufactures were once again forced to close. Today, Stem Pinball is the only remaining manufacturer in the industry. We will have to wait and see whether they are able to bring innovation to an industry which has had so many ups and downs.

The History of Backgammon and Its Evolution

Backgammon is a very popular board game where various strategies are used to win the game. People have played the game down through the years. The history of backgammon is a long and interesting one. We will explore this backgammon history and also where the game is today. So if you are a novice player or an experienced one you may find the information enlightening to you. Read on to find out more.

The history of backgammon has its origins back in the days of the Persian Empire. Backgammon has been around longer than any other board game as far as recorded history. There are also references to the game in writings from the Far East, Greece and Rome though too.

There has been evidence found, which it dates back as far as 5000 years, in the Iranian city called Shahr-e Sukhteh. This evidence included an ebony board of rectangular shape and the pieces were made of agate and turquoise. There were dice found too. The board was more elaborate than the boards today with a serpent interwoven throughout making the 20 game slots. This is less than the 24 slots of the game played today. The artifacts included some 60 pieces which is more than what the game today is played with, only 30 are used today. This shows to the rules being somewhat different from the version of backgammon played today.

The Egyptian also played a game called senat, which involved a variety of sizes of boards. Evidence of this game dates back as far as 3000 to 1788BC but the rules to this day are unknown. Then during the first century (that is AD by the way), Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum, which was derived from senat, transformed into a variation of 2 rows containing 12 points each. Then Alea appeared in the 6th century. These games and others started to be known as Tabula. This was just a broad term used for any board game.

Now for the more modern history of backgammon, the English first referred to a similar game to backgammon in 1025AD as “Nard” or the more common term of “Tables.” This game was played in the English taverns during the middle ages. In the 15th century though, chess became more popular. Backgammon was also banned for a length of time, because gambling was done with it, during the time that Elizabeth I was in reign. Backgammon has been known by many names during backgammon history. The history of backgammon believes that the term “backgammon” came about in 1645. Most likely the term originated from the Saxon baec, which means back, and the Saxon gamen, which means game.

In the 1920s the doubling cube is believed to be added to the game. This enhanced the skill taken for the game. At this time it was mainly played by the upper class. Then in 1931 the rules for backgammon were altered into the rules we know today at least here in the USA.

Today the history of backgammon also includes the computer. Many websites are available to buy backgammon equipment. Some people play online too. But the purists of backgammon history still prefer to play with a physical board and playing pieces as often as they can.

The Unofficial History of Cribbage and Sir John Suckling

One of England’s greatest contributions to Western Civilization is the card game Cribbage, at least in the opinion of avid Cribbage players. Sir John Suckling is the one responsible for bringing us the game that we love today. Although there is no evidence to truly prove that Sir John Suckling was the creator of Cribbage, he is, at the very least, the one responsible for publishing and spreading the game all through the land.

Sir John Suckling, poet, playwright, master bowler/gambler and notorious womanizer, was born at Whitton, between Twickenham and Hounslow, Middlesex, on February 10, 1609. He was born into a very prominent family in England, although after his mother died when he was four years of age, his father was in charge of rearing the young child. His father was a member of the English Parliament and was the “controller” of the King’s household until his untimely death in 1627. Sir John was at the age of 18 when his father passed and was old enough to inherit his father’s considerably large estate. After receiving the inheritance he spent countless amount of money traveling, womanizing and of course gambling.

In 1623 he enrolled in Trinity College, Cambridge and then to Gray’s Inn in 1627. At the young age of 18, he pursued a military career and joined the army of Gustavus Adolphus during the Thirty Years’ War. At the age of 21, King Charles I knighted Suckling. The king quickly regretted the decision, so Suckling left the court and became involved in several different military adventures. He was said to have served in an expedition against France and it has been said that he fought in Lord Wimbledon’s regiments in the Dutch service. In October 1631, Sir John joined Sir Henry Vane who was serving under Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden. In 1632, Suckling quickly came back into King Charles’s good graces after delivering the dispatches, by orders of Vane, and after completing his mission he returned and remained in England.

After that he pretty much filled his time gambling, womanizing, and serving in the military for the rest of the decade. This is where he was said to have invented the beloved game of cribbage, which had some similar features to the games, Noddy and One-and-Thirty. Although when the Scottish war of 1639 began, he left his beloved cards and women to raise a troop of 100 horsemen and his army joined King Charles in the north. When the war ended, peacefully, in 1639, Sir John returned to London. He was elected to Parliament in 1640, but in May 1641 he was involved in a vain attempt to free a political prisoner, Thomas Wentworth, the earl of Stratford and held in the Tower of London. Sir John Suckling was then charged with treason and had to flee to France with very few belongings and almost no financial assistance, to avoid arrest.

In order to establish some kind of financial security in one of his darkest hours, Suckling started selling a large number of marked packs of cards and distributed them amongst the richest population in the region. He then started playing cards where the marked cards were distributed. In 1642, it was believed that Sir John Suckling committed suicide by taking poison. It has been said that his greatest accomplishments were the lyrics to “why so pale” and “wan fond lover?” and for Cribbage, which has changed very little since Suckling’s day and is one of the most popular card games in the English speaking world.