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Alex de Voogt (Leiden University, Netherlands)
Board games in the Indian Ocean: isopaedea of history

Alex de Voogt is a researcher at Maastricht and Leiden University, the Netherlands. His work on experts of bao, an African mancala board game, has lead him to investigate the distribution of mancala games across the globe. He has published both museum catalogues, historical books and works on cognitive psychology.

Book publications:
2005: A Question of Excellence: a Century of African Masters; Africa World Press: Trenton, NJ.
2004:  & Fernand Gobet & Jean Retschitzki; Moves in Mind: The Psychology of Board Games; Psychology Press: Hove, UK.
1997: Mancala Board Games; British Museum Press, London.
1995: Limits of the Mind: Towards a Characterisation of Bao Mastership; Cnws Publications.

Aviezri S. Fraenkel (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
Why are games exciting and stimulating?

Aviezri Fraenkel is a professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, currently Gorenstein Visiting Professor at Queens College, Queens, NY. He has published 200 papers and book chapters in mathematics, computer science, information storage and retrieval, and Judaica.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of Discrete Math., Electronic J. of Combinatorics, Theoretical Computer Science, Internat. J. of Appl. Math., Internat. Computer Games Assoc. J.; and on the Advisory Board of INTEGERS — Electronic J. of Combinatorial Number Theory. Member of the Electronic Publishing Committee of the Europ. Math. Soc.

Selected Honors: Feder Foundation Prize for initiating and creating the Responsa Project (1972); Quality Initiative Citation to the Responsa Project for creative, high-quality and visionary projects to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel (1998); The Fraenkel Festschrift: Electronic J. Combinatorics, vol. 8(2); Euler Medal recipient of the Institute for Combinatorics and Its Applications 2005; Recipient of WEIZAC Medal for the WEIZAC computer project, designated as IEEE Milestone (2006); Israel Prize to the Responsa Project (2007).

Bruce Whitehill (The Big Game Hunter, Germany)
Toward a classification of non-electronic table games

Bruce Whitehill is known as "The Big Game Hunter", authority on American games. Author of over 100 articles on games, and two books, Games: American Games and Their Makers, 1822-1992, a guide to America's game companies, and Americanopoly --- America As Seen Through its Games, published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Swiss Museum of Games.

He has been quoted in a college textbook and in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Esquire and other magazines, has written on games for Grolier's New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia and has published in the journals Board Games in Academia and Board Game Studies/2. Currently he is the Senior Contributor for Knucklebones, a games and puzzles magazine, and his column, "The European Scene", appears in each issue of the Games Quarterly magazine.

He is the founder and past president of the Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors (AGPC) and on their board of directors, and a member of the International Game Designer Association (Spieleautorenzunft --- SAZ). Besides his large diversified collection of early American games representing over 400 U.S. game companies from 1840 to 2000, he also owns an extensive collection of game advertisements and ephemera, and a small collection of European games and mechanical puzzles. Bruce continues his research on American games, uncovering new information about the many companies that once made them, and on the links between American and European games and companies.

Bruce has worked as a game inventor and developer for many major American game companies and as a consultant to the Toy and Game industry for over 20 years. He is the author of over half a dozen published games, and has been instrumental in the development of many others.

In August of 2005, he moved to Hamburg, Germany, and he and his German partner now have a translation service for game rules (English and German). Bruce has continued his game work and research here and has been designing games for publication.

David Parlett (Games scholar and games inventor, UK)
Some thoughts on skill and chance in games

David Parlett was born in 1939 in London, where he still resides, has a degree in Modern Languages from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and describes himself as a patriotic European. In 1972, having given up first language teaching and then technical writing in public relations, he started contributing to Games & Puzzles magazine,
which he subsequently (and briefly) edited. In 1974 he became self-employed as a games inventor, writer, historian, critic and consultant.

His many books include The Oxford History of Board Games, The Oxford History of Card Games, and a translation into English verse of medieval Latin lyrics from the Carmina Burana. He is also the author of a dozen published games of which the best known is Hare & Tortoise (Hase und Igel), which has been published in a dozen different languages and sold two million copies since it first appeared in 1974. David gives talks and run workshops on the history, theory and appreciation of games, advises on the staging of games in period films and TV productions, and is a consultant on games terminology to the Oxford English Dictionary.

David Wolfe (Gustavus Adolphus College, Canada)
On problem design in games

Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN, Associate Professor: 2001 to present, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
University of California, Berkeley, Lecturer: Spring 1992 to Spring 1996, Division of Computer Science.
Post-doc: Fall 1993 to Spring 1994, Department of Mathematics.

University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D. in Computer Science, 1991.
Cornell University: B.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1985.

Discrete mathematics and computer science, game theory, probability and stochastic processes, recreational mathematics, combinatorics, queueing theory, randomness and computation.

Lessons in Play: An Introduction to the Combinatorial Game Theory, with Michael Albert and Richard Nowakowski; A K Peters, Natick, MA, February 2007.
Puzzlers' Tribute: Feast for the Mind; with Tom Rodgers (editors), A K Peters, Natick, MA, December 2001.
Mathematical Go: Chilling Gets the Last Point, with Elwyn Berlekamp, A K Peters, Natick, MA, January 1994.  Also in paperback as Mathematical Go Endgames: Nightmares For the Professional Go Player; Ishi Press International, San Jose, CA, December 1993. In Japanese as Igo no Sempo: Yose no Kenkyu; Translation by Yoshikawa Takeshiro, Toppan, Tokyo, Japan, November 1994.

Irving Finkel (British Museum, UK)
The Game of Fifty-Eight Holes: new examples and new ideas

Irving Finkel was born in London in 1951. He received his BA in Ancient New Eastern Studies in 1969 from the University of Birmingham. That was then followed by a PhD in Assyriology for work he did in the field of "Ancient Mesopotamian Exorcistic Magic" in 1976. After spending a further three years as a Research Associate at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago he returned to the United Kingdom in 1979, where he was appointed Assistant Keeper of Western Asiatic Antiquities at the British Museum.

He is a man of many and varied interests. His special subjects are Ancient Mesopotamian Studies, Cuneiform writing, Lexicography, Medicine, Esoterica and the study of Ancient Magic. In addition to the publication of articles and contributions in his field of expertise, he has written a number of children's books as well as a book on The History of Board Games.

He has contributed frequently to radio and television programmes. He wrote and presented a four part series on Mesopotamian Medicine, Dentistry and Magic titled The Wedge Between Us, on Radio 4.

Jean Retschitzki (Fribourg University, Switzerland)
The use of pit and peebble games in education: Benefits and limits

Educational background:
1968: Licence in Psychology, University of Geneva (Switzerland);
1973: Ph.D. Psychology, University of Geneva (Switzerland);
1987: Habilitation, Faculty of Arts, University of Fribourg (Switzerland).

Professional experience:
1973-1975: Maître-assistant in a research project in Ivory Coast;
1975-1977: Maître-assistant, University of Geneva (Switzerland);
1977-1980: Post-doctoral fellow, University Carnegie-Mellon (Pittsburgh, USA) Dept. of Psychology (Prof. H. A. Simon);
1980-1982: Teacher (chef de travaux), Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg;
1982-1990: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg;
since 1990: Full Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg.

1998-2003: President of the Swiss Society of Psychology;
1998-: President of the Scientific Committee of the "Institut de Recherche et Documentation Pédagogique" (Neuchâtel);
2001-2002: Member of the Group of experts for the preparation of the future Law about Training of Psychologists in Switzerland.

Editorial Committees: Cahiers de Psychologie Cognitive; Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology; Archives de Psychologie; International Journal of Psychology; Board Games Studies.

P. Dasen, B. Inhelder, M. Lavallée, J. Retschitzki (1978), Naissance de l'intelligence chez l'enfant baoulé de Côte d'Ivoire; Berne: Huber.
J. Retschitzki, M. Bossel-Lagos, P. Dasen (1989), La recherche interculturelle; Paris: L'Harmattan, Tomes 1 et 2.
J. Retschitzki (1990), Stratégies des joueurs d'awélé; Paris: L'Harmattan.
J.-L. Gurtner, J. Retschitzki (eds.) (1991), LOGO et apprentissages; Neuchâtel: Delachaux & Niestlé.
J. Retschitzki, J.-L. Gurtner (1996), L'enfant et l'ordinateur; Liège: Mardaga.
J. Retschitzki (1990), Stratégies des joueurs d'awélé; Paris: L'Harmattan.
J. Retschitzki, J.-L. Gurtner (1997), Das Kind und der Computer; Berne: Huber.
P. M. Greenfield, J. Retschitzki (1998), L'enfant et les médias; Fribourg: Editions universitaires.
J. Retschitzki, R. Haddad-Zubel (eds.) (2002), Step by step. Proceedings of the 4th Colloquium "Board Games in Academia"; Fribourg: Editions Universitaires.
F. Gobet, A. de Voogt, J. Retschitzki (2004), Moves in Mind: The Psychology of Board Games; Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Rangachar Vasantha (Sri Krishnadevaraya University, India)
Board game, Astronomy and Astrology - a new invention of the King of Mysore

Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology and engaged in research on Art and Cultural studies. She is presently Professor of History and in charge of the Art & Archaeological Museum, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, India. Her principal research interests are Scientific and technological aspects of Ancient Indian Culture and Art. She has authored several books and her latest publications are Symmetry and Proportion in Indian Vastu and Silpa; and Islamic Architecture of Deccan.

Her area of interest extends to Indian Board games and Chess. She has demonstrated in her research and talks that games and the playing of games are not at all simple objects of amusement but phenomena of high significance for cultural, political and even religious history. Her recent paper, "deciphering the board games invented by the Raja of Mysore", unravels many puzzles, tricks and number patterns, which have tested the intellect of mathematicians for thousand of years Her major scholarly research at present is the translation and critical edition of Chaturanga Sarasarvasavam, encyclopedic manuscript on the Indian board games and chess by the King of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, and her first publication, Maharaja's Games and Puzzles, is outstanding. She has also carried out important field work in researching games played in contemporary society.

Richard Nowakowski (Canada)
A historical survey of Combinatorial Game Theory

Education and Employment Information:
B.Sc. (Hons), 1974, University of Calgary;
M.Sc. (Mathematics), 1975, University of Calgary (advisor: R.K.Guy);
Ph.D. (Mathematics), 1978, University of Calgary (advisor: R.K.Guy).
1998-2003: Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dalhousie University.
1992-present: Full Professor, Dalhousie University.
1987-1992: Associate Professor, Dalhousie University.
1983: Awarded tenure, Dalhousie University.
1979-1987: Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University.
1978-1979: Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary.

Research Interests:
combinatorial games, graph theory, ordered sets.

Books, books edited and chapters in books:
M. Albert, RJN, D. Wolfe, Lessons in Play; AK Peters, 2006.
M. Albert, RJN (editors), More Games of No Chance 3; to appear, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
RJN (editor), More Games of No Chance; Cambridge University Press, 2002.
RJN (editor), Games of No Chance; Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Publications 29, Cambridge University Press, 1996.
RJN, "... Welter's game, sylver coinage, dots-and-boxes, ...", Combinatorial Games, Proceedings of symposia in applied mathematics 43, 1991; AMS Short Course Lecture Notes, R. K. Guy (editor), pp. 155-182.

Thierry Depaulis (Le Vieu Papier, France)
Ancient American board games: A reassessment

Thierry Depaulis (born 1949 in Bordeaux), prepress manager and editor, studies in History (Bordeaux University), game and playing-card collector, independent game historian mostly interested in "mind" games. Chairman of the International Playing-Card Society and Honorary Fellow, winner of the 1992 Modiano Prize (for his publications on the history of playing cards and card games), Secretary General of "Le Vieux Papier", a society devoted to the study of ephemera and other popular prints, member of the Board of Administration of the Fondation du Musée Suisse du Jeu, La Tour-de-Peilz.

Ulrich Schaedler (Musée du jeu, Switzerland)
Backgammon problems in medieval manuscripts

Ulrich Schädler (* 1958), Archaeologist (Greek and Roman Archaeology, Prehistory); director of the Swiss Museum of Games (Musée Suisse du Jeu) at La Tour-de-Peilz at the Lake Geneva; member of »Iniativgruppe Königstein« for chess historical research; numerous articles in »Spielbox«, the German games magazine, and »Fachdienst Spiel«.

Select archaeological publications:
"Ionisches und Attisches am sogenannten Erechtheion in Athen", Archäologischer Anzeiger 3 (1990), 361-378;
"Attizismen an ionischen Tempeln Kleinasiens", Istanbuler Mitteilungen 41 (1991), 265-324;
"Ikonologie und Archäologie", Antike und Abendland 39 (1993), 162-187;
Begegnungen. Frankfurt und die Antike (Frankfurt am Main 1994), 2 vols. (with Ursula Mandel and Marlene Herfort-Koch);
"Dallo scavo al museo -- scavi di Pio VI nella Villa dei Quintili", Bollettino. Monumenti, Musei e Gallerie Pontificie 16 (1996), 287-330;
"Archäologie, Theater und Sport im Frankfurter Waldstadion", Stadion 23 (1997), 16-59;
"Scavi e scoperte nella Villa dei Quinitli, Catalogo dei rinvenimenti scultorei, Catalogo dei documenti d'archivio", in La Villa dei Quintili. Fonti scritte e fonti figurate, a cura di Andreina Ricci (Roma 1998), pp. 29-234.

Select publications on the history of games:
"Latrunculi -- ein verlorenes strategisches Brettspiel der Römer", in Homo Ludens. Der spielende Mensch IV (Salzburg 1994), pp. 47-67;
"XII Scripta, Alea, Tabula -- New Evidence for the Roman History of `Backgammon'", in Alexander J. de Voogt (Hrsg.), New Approaches to Board Games Research (Leiden 1995), pp. 73-98;
"Spielen mit Astragalen", Archäologischer Anzeiger 1 (1996) 61-73;
Globusspiel und Himmelsschach. Brett- und Würfelspiele im Mittelalter (Darmstadt 1998);
"Gaming pieces for chess variants", The Chess Collector 1 (1999), 8-13;
"Damnosa alea Würfelspiel in Griechenland und Rom", in 5000 Jahre Würfelspiel, cat. of the exhibition Salzburg (= Homo Ludens supplement) (1999), pp. 39-58;
"Sphären-`Schach'. Zum sogenannten `astronomischen Schach' bei al-Mas'udi, al-Amoli und Alfons X", Zeitschrift für Geschichte der arabisch-islamischen Wissenschaften 13 (1999/2000), 205-242;
"Latrunculi -- a forgotten Roman game of strategy reconstructed", Abstract Games 7 (2001), 10-11.

V. Balambal (University of Madras, India)
Revival of traditional board games -- prospects and retrospects

Professor of History, (Retd) University of Madras. President, Probus Club of Chennai (Senior Citizens' Assn, Sponsored by the Rotary Club Of Madras)

Research publications: 5 Books and 145 Research papers.

Feudatories of South India (1978); Allahabad: Chugh Publication.
Paluvettaraiyars (Tamil) (1980); Chennai.
Studies in the History of the Sangam Age (1998); Delhi: Kalinga Publications, ISBN 81-85163-87-3.
Studies in Chola History (1998); Delhi: Kalinga Publications, ISBN-81-85163-86-5.
Folk Games of Tamilnadu (2005); Chennai: C. P. Ramaswamy Aiyar Foundation, ISBN-81-901484-2-7.

Honored as one of the Best Historians in the South Indian History Congress held at Trivandrum from 25-27 Feb. 2002, hosted by the University of Kerala.
"Woman of the Month", in The Hindu, Down Town 7.3.2002.
Awarded "PROBUS GEM" on 31.7.2004 by the Probus Club of Chennai.
Awarded Service Medal by the Russian Government in 2005 (80th year of the Foundation of the Russian Cultural Centre) at the Russian Cultural Centre for the services rendered through the Probus Club of Chennai.
"Excellence Award in Volunteerin" given by the Dignity Foundation, Chennai on Elders' Day Celebration on 7th October, 2006 at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Harrington Road, Chennai.
Received the Certificate of Appreciation by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on 26.10.2007 at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture.
Awarded the title KALVIKKADAL by the Pudukkottai Literary Assn at Pudukkottai on 16th Dec, 2007 for the academic achievements.

Vernon Eagle (Harvard University, USA)
Board games in medieval China

September 1998 to present: PhD Candidate in History and East Asian Languages, Harvard University, Cambridge MA.
1985: MS in Journalism, Columbia University, New York, NY.
1978: PhD in Mathematics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
1972: MS in Mathematics, New York University, New York, NY.
1970: BA in Mathematics, New York University, New York, NY.

Employment and Scholarships:
Spring 2005: Head Teaching Fellow, Harvard College, Harvard University.
2003-2004: Harvard-Yenching Institute Fellowship, Peking University, Beijing, China.
1999-2003: FLAS Scholarships, Harvard University.
2000-2001, 2002-2004: Chinese Ministry of Education Scholarship, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China.
Spring 2001: Visiting Lecturer, Peking University History Department, Beijing.
Fall 1998: Teaching Fellow, Harvard College, Harvard University.
Spring 1998. Teaching Assistant, Harvard College, Harvard University.
1985-1986: Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, USA.
1982-1984: Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana.
1979-1982: Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.
1978-1979: Visiting Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA.

Scholarly Publications and invited Papers:
November 2005: "Already an Emperor: the first ten days of the Qianlong reign", paper delivered at the New England annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Bentley College, Waltham, MA.
1998: "On a phylogenetic classification of Mancala games, with some newly-recorded games from the 'Southern Silk Road', Yunnan Province, China", in Board Games Studies 1, Research School CNWS, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands.
1995: "On some newly-described Mancala games from Yunnan Province, China and the definition of a genus in the family of Mancala Games", in Alexander J. de Voogt, ed., New Approaches to Board Games Research: Asian Origins and Further Perspectives, IIAS Working Papers Series 3, Leiden, Netherlands.
1985: "A Survey of the Spider Fauna of Botswana", in Botswana Notes and Records, Gaborone, Botswana.

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