House of Fortune; Glückshaus; Lucky Pig - leather board only
A gambling game from the late fifteenth century for any number of players
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Leather board only supplied. Players will need to supply their own dice and pennies (or gambling token of choice).
Glückshaus originated in Germany in the late 15th century but quickly, in various forms, spread across Europe, becoming known as House of Fortune or Lucky Pig in Britain. It is one of the first stake board games, which eventually resulted in the foundation of casino games in the nineteenth century. As such this is nothing more or less than a gambling game where coins (tokens, sweets and so on) are won or lost on the roll of two dice. Three or more can play and anyone can drop in or out of a game at any time. Excellent after dinner game!
All games come with historic notes and full rules
Players, in turn, roll two dice, and place a coin on the board according to the number rolled
If a coin is already on that number they win the coin
Coins accumulate on number seven (the marriage)
If a two (the lucky pig)is rolled all coins on the board are won, except those on number seven
Twelve (the King) wins all the coins on the board
Historic Period or Date:
Late medieval to seventeenth century and probably later
Materials and Special Features:
All our games come with historic notes and full rules