Rose & Pentagram Design 2229 East 34th St., Mpls, MN 55407 U.S.A.(612) 729-4585 E-mail us
Portable fabric games: Fidchell, Pope Joan, Morris, Backgammon, Ringo, Checkers, Cribbage
Historic & Modern Novelty Dice: Put & Takes, Lord & Lady Dice©, Dragon Dice, Nightmare Dice©, Knucklebones
Period Cards, Early Card Games, Visconti Tarot, Tarot of Marseilles, 16th century German cards, Solitaire cards
Hnefatafl, Cribbage, 17th Century Dominos
Wooden Checkers, Game rule bookets
Our own original Tshirt Designs
Large One-of-a-Kind works of Celtic Art
Gallery of past Knotwork Designs
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Portable Fabric Board Games

Our portable games are printed with a durable, heat-set ink, and are completely machine-washable.
They include pieces, rules, a brief history of the game, and are packaged in a draw-string pouch.

The rectangular boards measure about 12"x18", the square boards are about 12"x12"

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-Small Parts. Not For Children Under 3 Years.

Limited Edition Set!
Small Isle of Lewis Chess Set

Includes resin Chess pieces, and our Celtic art game board,
wooden Checkers plus our booklet of 20 variations on Checkers games.
plus a wooden carrying case.

Your choice of red or brown pieces for the dark side of the Chess set.

Our most popular
multi-player game!

Pope Joan & Poch

Pope Joan 2 to 6 players An 18th century ancestor to modern Rummy Royale, Tripoly & Michigan Rummy. The name is from a Medieval myth that Pope John VIII was a woman. Easy to learn, but fast-moving enough for experienced card players. The board is divided into eight "bowls." Players win markers/coins out of the bowls as they play the face cards of the trump suit, and the first one to get rid of his cards wins the hand. Color of game pieces may vary. $20.00 + $4.60 shipping

Pope Joan game
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Poch 4 to 8 players. A German game from the 1440's using a similar board. It is a cross between a game like Pope Joan and betting games like Poker. Both require a standard deck of cards (not included). Queen Nazareen a related 17th century game that can be played without the board.

Our most popular
two-player game!

One of man's oldest strategy games.

Played by princes & peasants for 3,000 years, Morris is simple enough for children, yet the strategies can interest adults. The object is to form "mills"(3-in-a-row). When a you make a mill, you can steal an opponent's piece. You win by reducing the opponent to just 2 men. Early versions were played with 9 pieces, but in the 14th century diagonal lines were added to the board and was played with 12 men.

Morris game
Morris Rules Updated 9-man, & 12-man versions, Morris with Dice, and "Shah" -a Somalian variation. Plus we include various optional, or "advanced" rules you can experiment with.

In 1932 a board was found in a crannog (lake dwelling) in Ireland. It contained a 7 X 7 grid of holes, and was decorated with designs used in the 10th century. Many scholars believed it to be a Fidchell (also spelled Fithcheal, or Fitchneal) or "Brandubh" game mentioned in early Irish legends, and related to Scandinavian Tafl games. These were the games of choice in Northern Europe prior to the introduction of Chess. The defenders win if the king escapes to the edge of the board, and the attackers win by surrounding the king.4 different game variations included in the rules. The set also includes a simulated sheep knucklebone for use as dice for the Welsh variation.



The knotwork decoration is our own interpretation of carving on the original board. To our knowledge we are the only company to produce a game board directly based on the Ballinderry games artifact. Although a book called The Leprechaun Companion used art inspired by the Ballinderry board for a game the author called "magpie".

Fidchell Game


A German dice game that used a betting board and dates back to at least the 1500. The name translates as house of "luck," or "fortune." Players take turns rolling the dice and and must pay, or win "coins" from the board. Most traditional boards were fairly plain, but we dressed ours up a little -inspired partially by one of the more elaborate surviving examples. Includes the basic rules, as well as a Yiddish version we found, dice and 50 glass drops to use as chips.

$20.00 + shipping
Gluckshaus game
14 different versions included! Rules for Cribbage were codified in the 1600's, and are descended from a older game "Noddy" dating from the 1500's.We include Noddy, three 17th century versions, as well as modern variations for 2 to 6 players!.

Cribbage game
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Period cards
-A perfect accompaniment to our Pope Joan/Poch or Cribbage sets.
- Protect your castle from an attacking army

Ringo is descended from a family of games including Fox & Geese, Fidchell, and Hnefatafl. They are all based on battles between unequal forces. The smaller army is given an advantage in movement to make up for it's smaller size. We affectionately call Ringo an "evil little game" because the circular board and a "neutral zone" add intriguing twists.

Ringo Game
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- Bored with checkers? We include 20 different variations! In our favorite Irish Draughts you must move one of your men the number of squares indicated by rolling a die -even if it endangers your piece. We include dice with each set of checkers.

Checkers game
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Backgammon is actually just one of a large family of games once referred to as "tables" that were played on the same type of board. We include 30 variations on Backgammon games that we include with our set, some even date to ancient Rome!

Backgammon game
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Individual Game Prices:

Any single game with carrying pouch: $20.00 + shipping

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