A fun and fast-moving game played in Medieval and Tudor Europe, which we call “The Game with No Name”, because there is no historical record of its name! The best-known find of the gameboard is carved next to a Nine Men’s Morris board on the top of a barrel found on Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose, which sank in 1545 and is now preserved in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. No-one knew what the carving was until around 2010 when a games expert realised it looked like the board of a little-known game from Scandinavia called Daldøs. Games historians think Daldøs is related to other “running fight” games, found from India to West Africa via the Middle East and North Africa (sometimes called “Tâb” games), in which each player’s pieces chase around the board, landing on opposing pieces to remove them from the board. In Scandinavia Daldøs seems to have been played only near the coast, on boards made in the form of a boat; and one theory is that the game was brought to northern Europe by Rus Viking or Varangian traders in ships along the rivers which formed trade routes from the Mediterranean. One of these trade routes passed through the ancient city of Novgorod, where a boat-shaped board from the 14th century has been discovered; and another recent find is from the 15th century Newport Ship, in south Wales. As you can see, our board looks like a ship!