LEGO fan Simon Pickard has been working on recreating a series of ancient board-games from LEGO. Projects like this are always very interesting, because it requires the builder to research the history of a particular subject, and it also introduces others to a subject they may have never heard about. Below are three of the board-games recreated in LEGO, and a bit of history behind them. 🙂


LEGO BOARD-GAME LUDUS LATRUNCULORUM: Wikipedia says that Ludus Latrunculorum was a two-player strategy board game played throughout the Roman Empire. It is said to resemble chess or draughts, but is generally accepted to be a game of military tactics. Because of the paucity of sources, reconstruction of the game’s rules and basic structure is difficult, and therefore there are multiple interpretations of the available evidence (read more on Wikipedia).


Simon writes that it is challenging to identify the correct size of the playing boards for this game, as it is often difficult for archaeologists to identify what a particular gridded board was used for. Boards with squares of 7×8, 8×8 and 9×10 were common across Roman Britain. The most plausible explanation is that the rules varied not only in the long timeline of the Roman Empire, but likely from one region to another as well. Simon also includes several versions of the possible rules of the game, theorized by different people based on ancient writings. It is quite interesting. You can read more on Simon’s flickr page. From the LEGO fan perspective, notice the cleanly designed board using sideways building techniques to achieve the thin lines of the grid.

LEGO BOARD-GAME HNEFATAFL – According to Wikipedia, Tafl games are a family of ancient Germanic and Celtic strategy board-games played on a checkered or latticed gameboard with two armies of uneven numbers, and is also known as Viking chess (read more on Wikipedia).


Although the size of the board and the number of pieces varied, all games involved a distinctive 2:1 ratio of pieces, with the lesser side having a king-piece that started in the center. No complete, unambiguous description of the rules of the game exists, but the king’s objective was to escape to the board’s periphery or corners, while the greater force’s objective was to capture him. Again, take a look at the cleanly built LEGO version of the board, and I really like the playing pieces also.

LEGO BOARD-GAME MILLS – Wikipedia states that Mills is a strategy board game for two players dating at least to the Roman Empire. The game is also known as Nine Man Morris. The board consists of a grid with twenty-four intersections or points. Each player has nine pieces, usually colored black and white. Players try to form ‘mills’—three of their own men lined horizontally or vertically—allowing a player to remove an opponent’s man from the game. A player wins by reducing the opponent to two pieces (where he could no longer form mills and thus be unable to win), or by leaving him without a legal move (read more on Wikipedia).


Simon adds that the game originated from the Vikings, but became popular amongst Anglo Saxon monks. While the board looks pretty simple with a dark-gray base color and white lines, to achieve the lines Simon had to use so pretty tricky sideways building techniques that you can see better if you examine the larger version of the image in Simon’s flickr gallery.

#40158 LEGO Pirates Chess Set

Even with so many electronic games, traditional board-games are still very popular, and recreating board-games from LEGO can even combine two great hobbies. While LEGO chess sets are fairly common, and even LEGO themselves released a number of them, there are plenty of other board-games that can be recreated in LEGO. Building games from LEGO bricks also allows for unlimited customization, so the game can evolve as much as you want.

What do you think? How do you like these LEGO board-games? What other traditional games you think would fit well with LEGO? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉

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As I have mentioned previously, I have recently started dabbling in the Mega Bloks Collectors series sets – mostly focusing on the high quality, very detailed, and fully articulated mini action figures. (If you are interested to check out my reviews on what I got so far, see the links at the end of this post.) Today I wanted to talk a bit about the recently discontinued Mega Bloks Assassin’s Creed line, and the sets that were never released…


All of the Mega Bloks Collectors sets are franchised properties from video-games or films. The current lines include Destiny, Halo, Call of Duty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Star Trek. These are not the regular Mega Bloks sets, but higher-end products for collectors with great attention to detail. From all of the Mega Bloks Collectors franchises one of my favorites has been Assassin’s Creed.

I’m actually not a gamer, and don’t care for Assassin’s Creed as a game. However what I do like is the story. The game is set in a fictional history of real world events and follows the centuries-old struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through control. This means that the Mega Bloks sets associated with the game include historically accurate characters – mostly soldiers.


People who like to build up historic armies and battle scenes usually collect traditional miniatures, but because these are not articulated, pretty much all you can do with them is line them up and create static displays. Mega Bloks is sort of a mix between traditional miniatures and building toys. Their mini action figures retain the realistic details of traditional miniatures, have the articulation of modern action figures, and they are set in a world of building blocks compatible with LEGO. There is no other company that makes mass-produced, high quality, fully articulated miniatures – so they are quite revolutionary.

LEGO & Mega Bloks Knights

The Mega Bloks Assassin’s Creed sets include pirates, Spanish guards, soldiers from the French Revolution, soldiers from the American Revolution, and medieval knights. The characters include accurate clothing and accessories that are fully interchangeable, so you can mix and match them as you like for further variety. Also note that all the weapons and other accessories are compatible with LEGO minifigures. The horses are very nice too and come in three different colors, in case you want to have some of your soldiers on horseback. I have included some pictures here to give you an idea how the figures look like.






Because of the story spanning through centuries, the Mega Bloks Assassin’s Creed sets have really been a goldmine of historically accurate mini action figures. I really wish that LEGO would do something like this! Unfortunately, even though more sets were scheduled for this fall, the Mega Bloks Assassin’s Creed line was suddenly discontinued, and sadly, these were the sets I was looking forward to the most…


One of the unreleased sets includes Jacob Frye from the British Brotherhood of Assassins along with some other Victorian era characters (see above). The other two unreleased sets include medieval knights. Just look at these guys! Gorgeous armor for the knight, archers with working bows… as a fan of medieval history, I was looking forward to these so badly! Myself and other fans have even pleaded with Mega Bloks to please reconsider and release them as a final wave, but they won’t budge. So, I sort of wrote this article to commemorate them. I hope Mega Bloks will include similarly awesome knights in some future sets.



If you would like to check out the Mega Bloks Assassin’s Creed sets in more detail, I have included some reviews from JANGBRiCKS in the video-player below. It was Jang who got me interested in the Mega Bloks Collectors sets in the first place, and I have been following his reviews carefully to select the sets I like the most. And you can also check the Mega Bloks Assassin’s Creed page to see all the sets (this page is now hidden on the main Mega Bloks Collectors website, but you can access it via the direct link I added).

Although the Mega Bloks Assassin’s Creed sets have been discontinued, if you are interested in trying them out, you can still get them at various retailers and also eBay. I actually bought almost all of the Mega Bloks sets and figures I have via eBay, as they have pretty much all of the retired sets and the prices are very reasonable (a relief for someone who is used to the high aftermarket prices of LEGO sets). Here is the link where you can find them: MEGA BLOKS ASSASSIN’S CREED ON EBAY

What do you think? Do you have any of the Mega Bloks Assassin’s Creed sets? How do you like them? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉

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