[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Earliest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Single Comment Noble Celts: Game Review. Missing description[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]Ron Hale Evans wrote on 2003-05-20 UTCAs written in the Games Journal: The Noble Celts Board 8x8 boards are easy to make or find, of course; you can probably buy a cardboard checkers set from your local thrift store for about a dollar. One rare bird of a board, however, is Noble Celts from Dream Green, the folks behind the G8 Game Timer reviewed in The Games Journal a few months ago and the card game systems 1-2-3 OY! and A-B-C OY!. Noble Celts is a high-quality 8x8 board printed on heavy, durable cloth, with black and white spaces marked for Chess -- but it's a board with a literal twist. The geometry of the Noble Celts board has undergone an Escheresque topological transformation. First, the square board was made circular, as in Byzantine chess, then the board was redrawn so as to make the connections between the spaces even more obscure. You can in theory play any 8x8 game on Noble Celts -- Chess, Checkers, Reversi, the games from the 8x8 competition -- but theory and practice may diverge. I tried playing Reversi on the board, but after laboriously puzzling out that the four central Reversi start squares are off-center and halfway to the periphery in Noble Celts, my brain melted like a Dali watch (in a good way). If you are a gamer and a geometer, however, as some in my gaming group are, you might enjoy wrapping your mind around this board. I'm certainly going to give it another try, but I'll keep the ibuprofen handy. In a good way.