Board and Pieces is a compendium of abstract board games compiled by James J. Bond, a librarian from Richmond, Indiana.

All reality is a game. Physics at its most fundamental, the very fabric of our universe, results directly from the interaction of certainly fairly simple rules, and chance; the same description may be applied to the best, most elegant and both intellectually and aesthetically satisfying games. By being unknowable, by resulting from events which, at the sub-atomic level, cannot be fully predicted, the future remains malleable, and retains the possibility of change, the hope of coming to prevail; victory, to use an unfashionable word. In this, the future is a game; time is one of the rules.

Iain M. Banks (1954 -2013)
The Player of Games


The Great Games Historians

Alfonso X (1221 - 1284)

Stewart Culin (1858 - 1929)

H. J. R. Murray (1868 - 1955)

R. C. Bell (1917 - 2002)

David B. Pritchard (1919 - 2005)

Sid Sackson (1920-2002)

David Parlett


Special Thanks for Assistance and Encouragement

 Mike and Gretchen Bond


 Greg Brunkhorst

 Juan Carlos Salazar of Kurna Ancient Board Games http://www.etsy.com/shop/kurna

 Rick Knowlton of Ancient Chess

http://ancientchess.com & http://stores.ebay.com/worldchessandfinearts


SungHee Tark



Small pieces used to play board games could present a choking hazard to infants or small children.



Many games mentioned in this work are proprietary and protected against imitation by international copyrights, patents, and trademarks.  Their inclusion does not imply that their protection is no longer applicable or current nor is any other judgment implied concerning their legal status.