Thursday, December 04, 2008

Medieval Game of Fame: Battleground: Crossbows and Catapults

For hands-on gamers who like all things ancient, here's a Christmas tip from a reader, a new blogger, Jimbo at, who is delighted to have found this new version of a childhood favorite of his own, Battleground: Crossbows and Catapults War Chest Starter Set. For elementary-age kids who love games of strategy and tactics that are NOT played electronically, this kit offers a lot of fun. The set seems to offer plenty of room for developing skills in organization, independent thinking, and cooperation--setting up catapults to knock down opponent's knights--and teaches a bit of physics in the process!

There are plenty of add-ons, including Battleground: Crossbows and Catapults Tower Attack Expansion, and Battleground Attack Pack - Battering Ram and Triple Catapult, and Battleground Attack Pack - Mortar and Trebuchet

Jimbo's comment came at a good time since I had just finished preview reading The Norman Conquest of England (Pivotal Moments in History) by Janice Hamilton, a solid and fairly scholarly account of the high points of the events around the famous Battle of Hastings (no crossbows and catapults there, of course, but plenty of longbows) and the idea of a medieval combat set seemed really interesting.

This game kit would make a super gift paired with Macauley's classic Castle (if you can get it), Kyle Orlman's and Robert Sabuda's Castle: Medieval Days and Knights (A Sabuda & Reinhart Pop-up Book), Deborah Murrell's The Best Book of Knights and Castles (The Best Book of), or Christopher Maynard's highly readable DK Readers: Days of the Knights -- A Tale of Castles and Battles (Level 4: Proficient Readers).

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  • Try this link for Macauley's Castle. It's in print and still available (thank goodness)

    By Blogger Rob, at 12:09 AM  

  • Hey,

    I'm Pizza, I'm interested in following your blog.
    I love books, have you ever read any of the following:

    Deltora Quest
    Harry Potter
    Lemony Snickets books
    Morris Gleitzman Books
    Dragon Keeper
    Paul Jennings books

    Please reply.

    I have a Book Discussion Blog.
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    By Blogger Pizza, at 1:27 AM  

  • Dear Rob,
    Glad to hear from a another Macauley fan. My link is to Amazon, who, when set up 12/2 showed only two copies available through third parties.

    With the good reviews of his new book THE WAY WE WORK (my post on this one will be up soon), perhaps the publisher will reissue Macauley's older books, such as PYRAMID, CITY, UNBUILDING, etc. They are really unique, and I can vouch for the fact that kids in my K-5 library loved them!

    By Blogger GTC, at 8:30 AM  

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