Rose & Pentagram Design 2229 East 34th St., Mpls, MN 55407 U.S.A.(612) 729-4585 E-mail us
Machine-washable fabric boards: 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
New works in Progress, or products coming soon.
How we got started/Company history.
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About My art

Customer Comment: C. Swanson wrote:
Your games are absolutely beautiful. I studied Celtic archaeology at Harvard University and these games capture the true essence of Celtic culture. Your commitment to quality is certainly evident.

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

Wooden Board Games
All designs © Rose & Pentagram Design.

Also watch this page for limited edition games
like those in our Gallery.

Two-sided Chess Board

Made by us, here in Minnesota

A circular "Byzantine" Chess board on one side and a standard chess board on the other. Includes Isle of Lewis Chess pieces (Your choice of brown or red) Two variations in rules for circular Chess, wooden Checkers and our booklet of Checkers rule variation. board is 14 inches square.

$150 + $18. shipping.

chess board

artist at work

Right: Hard at work touching up the outlines before coloring a Chessboard. Find more glimpses of my work in-process in this album on our Facebook page.

Hnefatafl & Morris Game

game piece A set with a Hnefatafl game on one side and Morris on the reverse inspired by a two-sided game board found in the excavation of the 9th century Gokstad Ship Burial

Made by us here in Minnesota

Our version of a game said to be a Norse Hnefatafl game with game pieces inspired by a surviving bone game piece found in Oxfordshire, England. "Tafl" games are said to have been played by Norse cultures as early as 400 A.D., and were imported by the Vikings to Iceland, Britain, Ireland, and Wales. They were the primary strategy games in Northern Europe prior to Chess. Unlike Chess, or Checkers which are fought by armies from opposite sides of the board, "Tafl" games involve a single king and his defenders in the center of the board surrounded by an army of attackers twice their number. Our version is inspired by an unusual fragment of a game board found with the the 9th century Gokstad Ship Burial discovered in Norway. The board fragment appeared to have a 13 x 13 grid. Traditionally, surviving boards are fairly plain, but to make it easier to set up we have identified the starting layout with simple knotwork designs. The boards are about 3/4" thick and 16-inches square. We also include facsimile sheep knucklebones as an option for playing "Tawlbwrdd" a Welsh variation which may have used dice.

Hnefatafl/Morris Game
$100.00, Shipping: $18.00

Real Deer Bone* Hnefatafl/Morris Sets

These pieces are made from the toe bones from inside the deers' hoofs. The defending army is stained a dark brown, and the attackers are left the natural bone color. The sizes can vary from about 1 to 2 inches.
These are limited edition sets that we are able to offer only 3, or 4 times a year.
*Legal note
Hnefatafl/Morris Game with bone pieces
$130.00, Shipping: $18.00

tafl game

Cribbage boardsCribbage Boards

Made by us here in Minnesota

An American Cribbage Congress sanctioned board decorated with a keywork motif down the center. To reduce pegging errors in competition play, the American Cribbage Congress (ACC) recommends a cribbage that is 60 holes long, rather than 30 holes length that most commercial boards available are designed. We also inlcude our booklet of Cribbage game variations. 16" x 3.75".

$35.00 + $6 shipping

Blue OUT OF STOCK in blue

Green Cribbage Board

Shut the BoxShut the Box
Shut the Box
In response to frequent requests, we are bringing in one of the nicest versions of this old dice game that we have found. It consists of a lidded wooden box measuring about 11.75” x 9.25” x 2.75”.

Bonus: we include 6 dice so the box can be used as a tray for other dice games, plus our own booklet of early dice games.

Set contains small objects. Not for children under 3 yrs.

$30.00 + $10.00 shipping

Captain's Mistress GameThe Captain's Mistress
There is an unconfirmed legend that Captain Cook used this ancestor to the modern game Connect Four™ to relax with his fellow officers during his voyages. The story claims that he spent so much time playing the game, that it came to be known as "The Captain's Mistress." The object of the game is simple, players try to be the first to line up four of their wooden balls in a row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally. At game's end, pull the "gangplank" and the hardwood balls drop back into the box. 7 5/8" x 5 1/4" x 2 1/8"
$30.00 + $8.00 shipping

Set contains small objects. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Limited Edition, Hand Colored
Pentalpha/Celtic Pentagram

Made by us here in Minnesota

Pentalpha game Pentalpha is a solitaire or puzzle game believed to date to ancient Greece. The object is to discover how to get all 9 pieces on either a point or an intersection of the star. Each game piece can start on any empty point or intersection of the star, and each piece must move three spaces in a straight line to land on an empty space.

Contrary to popular belief, the Pentagram, or five-pointed star is not a symbol of evil. Few people realize that a five-pointed star was actually once a Christian symbol. In a 13th century version of the story "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" Gawain rides off carrying a shield with a five-point star on it that symbolized that the five wounds that Christ received on the cross, strengthened by the five joys that the Virgin Mary had in Jesus (The Annunciation, Nativity, Resurrection, Ascension, and Assumption). Another interpretation is that the points represent the four elements (earth, air water and fire), plus man (or spirit).

We have incorporated both interpretations in the designs of our pentagram. The rose in the center represents the crown of thorns and the Celtic motifs around the outside represent man and the elements. The hand painted board includes the rules and our own "Greenman" game pieces. We have made this game before, but this is a limited run, only 25 have been made.

$50.00 + $12.00 shipping