Humans have always played games. The much-loved games we played in antiquity have followed us down the ages, with relatively few changes along the way – at least until we entered the digital age and the internet came along. Here we take a closer look at baccarat and chess, two very different retro games that are garnering the support of a whole new audience, thanks to the inventive use of some very modern technologies.
The Franco-Italian War, in common with most struggles of the period, didn’t bring much to alleviate the travails of the human condition, but one positive thing it did lead to was the introduction of a new card game to the fashionable parlours of continental Europe. Weary French soldiers who had served Charles VIII in the expansionist conflict of the late 15th century brought back with them a new game, acquired in Italy and made popular in the barracks and bivouacs of the fighting forces of both sides.