An illustration of ants playing croquet with hair pins.

Ants Playing Croquet with Hair Pins

An illustration of ants playing croquet with hair pins.

"The Backgammon Table" — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Backgammon

"The Backgammon Table" — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

This image depicts a ball game during the summer in San Sebastian, Spain.

Ball Game

This image depicts a ball game during the summer in San Sebastian, Spain.

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one picture of which we are instructed that the loser was obliged to suffer another to ride on her back." — Goodrich, 1844

Egyptian ball game

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one…

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one picture of which we are instructed that the loser was obliged to suffer another to ride on her back." — Goodrich, 1844

Egyptian ball game

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one…

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one picture of which we are instructed that the loser was obliged to suffer another to ride on her back. Some of these identical balls have been found in the tombs at Thebes." — Goodrich, 1844

Egyptian ball

"Some of the Egyptian female sports were rather of a hoydenish character, as the game of ball, in one…

An illustration of a bird nest with an egg.

Bird Nest with an Egg

An illustration of a bird nest with an egg.

An illustration of bowling pins and a bowling ball.

Bowling

An illustration of bowling pins and a bowling ball.

An illustration of a canary in a birdcage.

Canary in Cage

An illustration of a canary in a birdcage.

An illustration of a group of people surrounding a casino table.

Casino

An illustration of a group of people surrounding a casino table.

A game of checkers properly laid out.

Checkers

A game of checkers properly laid out.

Shows setup of a chessboard.

Chess

Shows setup of a chessboard.

Chess is a recreational and competitive game played between two players. Sometimes called Western chess or international chess to distinguish it from its predecessors and other chess variants, the current form of the game emerged in Southern Europe during the second half of the 15th century after evolving from similar, much older games of Indian and Persian origin. Today, chess is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments.

Chess Board

Chess is a recreational and competitive game played between two players. Sometimes called Western chess…

"The game of chess, or draughts."

Egyptian chess

"The game of chess, or draughts."

An illustration of four children playing "London Bridge is Falling Down".

Four Children Playing "London Bridge is Falling Down"

An illustration of four children playing "London Bridge is Falling Down".

An illustration of two cock of the plains also known by its scientific name Centrocercus urophasianus.

Cock of the plains

An illustration of two cock of the plains also known by its scientific name Centrocercus urophasianus.

Cricket is a bat-and-ball team sport that originated in England and is now played in more than 100 countries. A cricket match is contested by two teams, usually of eleven players each and is played on a grass field in the centre of which is a flat strip of ground 22 yards (20 m) long called a pitch. A wicket, usually made of wood, is placed at each end of the pitch and used as a target. The bowler, a player from the fielding team, bowls a hard leather, fist-sized, 5.5 ounces (160 g) cricket ball from the vicinity of one wicket towards the other, which is guarded by the batsman, a player from the opposing team. The ball usually bounces once before reaching the batsman. In defence of his wicket, the batsman plays the ball with a wooden cricket bat. Meanwhile, the other members of the bowler's team stand in various positions around the field as fielders, players who retrieve the ball in an effort to stop the batsman scoring runs, and if possible to get him or her out. The batsman — if he or she does not get out — may run between the wickets, exchanging ends with a second batsman (the "non-striker"), who has been stationed at the other end of the pitch. Each completed exchange of ends scores one run. Runs are also scored if the batsman hits the ball to the boundary of the playing area. The match is won by the team that scores more runs.

Cricket Field

Cricket is a bat-and-ball team sport that originated in England and is now played in more than 100 countries.…

A diagram of the arrangement and measurements of a croquet ground.

Croquet Ground

A diagram of the arrangement and measurements of a croquet ground.

"The Nemian and Isthmian games occurred more frequently than the Olympic and Pythian. They were celebrated once in two years, the Nemian in the valley of Nemea between Phlius and Cleonae, and the Isthmian by the Corinthians, on their isthmus, in honour of Poseidon (Neptune)." — Smith, 1882

Isthmian crowns

"The Nemian and Isthmian games occurred more frequently than the Olympic and Pythian. They were celebrated…

A pair of dice, with the 'six' face forward on each.

Pair of dice

A pair of dice, with the 'six' face forward on each.

An illustration of a domino with 1 spot & 1 spot. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 1 Spot & 1 Spot

An illustration of a domino with 1 spot & 1 spot. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also…

An illustration of a domino with 1 spot & 0 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 1 Spot & 0 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 1 spot & 0 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 1 spot. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 10 Spots & 1 Spot

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 1 spot. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 10 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 10 Spots & 10 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 10 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 2 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 10 Spots & 2 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 2 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 3 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 10 Spots & 3 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 3 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 4 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 10 Spots & 4 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 4 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 5 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 10 Spots & 5 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 5 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 6 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 10 Spots & 6 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 6 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 7 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 10 Spots & 7 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 7 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 8 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 10 Spots & 8 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 8 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 9 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 10 Spots & 9 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & 9 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & no spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 10 Spots & No Spots

An illustration of a domino with 10 spots & no spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 1 spot. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & 1 Spot

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 1 spot. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 10 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & 10 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 10 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 11 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & 11 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 11 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 2 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & 2 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 2 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 3 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & 3 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 3 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 4 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & 4 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 4 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 5 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & 5 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 5 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 6 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & 6 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 6 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 7 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & 7 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 7 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 8 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & 8 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 8 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 9 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & 9 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & 9 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & no spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 11 Spots & No Spots

An illustration of a domino with 11 spots & no spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 1 spot. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 1 Spot

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 1 spot. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 10 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 10 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 10 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 11 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 11 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 11 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 12 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 12 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 12 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 3 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 3 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 3 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 4 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 4 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 4 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 5 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 5 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 5 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 6 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 6 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 6 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 7 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 7 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 7 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 8 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 8 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 8 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 9 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 9 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 9 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & no spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & No Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & no spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 2 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 12 Spots & 2 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 12 spots & 2 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 13 spots & 1 spot. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 13 Spots & 1 Spot

An illustration of a domino with 13 spots & 1 spot. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…

An illustration of a domino with 13 spots & 10 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes, also known as deck or pack, is used to play a game.

Domino With 13 Spots & 10 Spots

An illustration of a domino with 13 spots & 10 spots. Spots are also known as pips. A set of dominoes,…