Fun And Thought

A Short Course To Learn About Games At The Educational Centre For Games In Israel

 This course is suitable for people who would like to know more about games whether they have played them or not and would enjoy the stimulation of learning new games  to activate their minds or as a social activity.


 Games have been played throughout human history because they are fun and at the same time develop skills. Yet their forms, qualities and cultural significance have varied enormously from era to era and place to place.


The course will consist of 4 fortnightly meetings in


32 Hatabor Street, Tel Aviv.

To Register contact Helena Kling

0544 717 314



Each meeting will centre on a category of game, how games developed to their present form and how to play them. The games chosen will be ones that will give the most fun and challenge to the participants.


Each meeting will be of two hours, 09:30 – 11:30, and will be divided into two sessions, one theoretical and one practical with a break for light refreshments. There will be a fee of  80 shekels for the course. (Members of ECGI may make a donation at their own discretion.)


There will be four fortnightly opportunities to invite friends and family to come and play games in our centre. We have a large and varied collection of games and wide knowledge.


Certificates of attendance will be awarded to participants at an evening social event to which friends and family may be invited.



First Meeting.

Tuesday 22nd. December 2009. 09:30 – 11:30.



Games have been played, we may safely assume, since social activity between people began. Games from different cultures often show similarities so we shall start our studies with a look at the beautiful collection of Games from India that we have in the centre; conjecture how these games travelled across the world, especially through our area; what relics of ancient religious rituals can be found in them and which modern games have developed from them.  We shall attempt to play a very complicated game that is played throughout the night before a wedding.


Open Morning at the Centre.

Tuesday29th. December. 2009. 09:30 – 11:30.

Choice of games to play will include Parchisi, Rummicub and various forms of Snakes and Ladders.



Second Meeting  

Tuesday January 5th. 2010. 09:30 – 11:30.



Does the first move in a game give a player an advantage? There are many ways of deciding to whom the privilege of the first move goes. Simple games of chance and luck are usual. This leads us to the game that the Roman legionnaires played to win the clothes of those crucified; the ups and downs of the popularity of gambling; the origins of "jewish" dice; then we shall look at dice games through the centuries ending with the specially shaped dice in the game of Dungeons and Dragons. We shall try our hand at playing some of these games using dice from around the world that are in our collection.


Open Morning in the Centre.

Tuesday January 5th. 2010. 09:30 – 11:30.

Choice of games to play will include Tris, Roulette, Reversi.



Third Meeting. 

Tuesday 19th. January. 2010. 09:30 – 11:30.



How different are the board games that we play today from those of ancient times?  The aim of alignment games is to enter pieces on the board so as to make a row.  Such games have been played for thousands of years and are considered as being among the oldest known. There are fascinating stories connected with these games which will be told before the strategies of play are tackled. Titania said "The nine mens Morris is fild vp with mud".  A Midsummer Night's Dream II.i, Why did she say that?


Open morning in the Centre.

Tuesday January 26th. 2010. 09:30 – 11:30.

Choice of games to play will include Nine-Men's-Morris and variations of various games on the squared board.



Fourth Meeting.

Tuesday 2nd. February. 2010. 09:30 – 11:30.



A typical battle game is one in which opposing players direct a conflict between two armies of equal strength on a battlefield.  Most games show aspects of real-life situations so it is not surprising that games based on warfare have been popular all over the world.  Such games have unique characteristics involving capture, immobilization, control and clearance of the board. Lots of fun is involved and many of the games become obsessions. There is so much material to cover that there may not be enough time to play a game to its end.


Open morning in the Centre.

Tuesday  9th. February. 2010. 09:30 – 11:30.

                                            Course participants will choose which games to play.