The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire is an annual tradition in Gainesville, Florida. Thousands of visitors pack the fairgrounds as participants bring the medieval world back to life through jousting, historically accurate reproductions, elephant rides and giant turkey legs.
For us game-lovers, there was a particularly special treat: live chess! Instead of just having people stand in for chess pieces, this game tells a story: the battle for the land of Hoggetowne featuring Merlin and Lady Guinevere. While in traditional chess, as each piece is lost it is simply removed from the board, in Hoggetowne the characters participate in an elaborate mock battle to eliminate each piece. The unique presentation of the story is full of wit and satire. Have a look at the video, which captures a brief bit of the game. If you’re ever presented with the opportunity to see a live chess game, I highly recommend taking a chance on it and I hope it’s as enjoyable as this one.
If you live in the Gainesville vicinity, check out the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. It is a great way to spend a day with friends or family and this inventive chess game was the highlight of the festival. While the 2013 festival ends today, it’s an annual event. This gamer is hoping they bring back the chess…. or maybe even bring us a great new game!