Chaucer's Road to Canterbury

Games and literature frequently overlap, as I discussed in a long-ago column of that title. Usually it’s a question of influence but occasionally it’s quite overt and direct. I recently bumped into a discussion of Alf Seegert’s upcoming release The Road to Canterbury and thought it worth drawing to your attention. I’ve been talking about board games recently (Gateway “Bait” Games and Gateway Games Up a Level). Here’s another one for you to think about picking up, especially if you work and play in a school or academic setting.

It sounds like Alf might have a winner here, neither too pedantic nor too frivolous. His games to date don’t let players take themselves too seriously — he was an old school player of the Tunnels & Trolls tabletop RPG that I helped develop decades ago, and you cannot play that game without a robust and intact sense of humor. His designs, however, have a track record of being well-balanced and conceived with due seriousness and care.

You can read more at the State of Play (a very nice gaming blog overall) and an interview with designer Seegert at Dice Hate Me.

I hope to get my hands on Canterbury when it is released, and see if this Euro-style game lives up to its potential. Until then, game on!

Liz Danforth About Liz Danforth

Liz Danforth, MLS, is a freelance game illustrator, scenario designer, and game developer who was inducted into the Academy of Gaming Arts and Design's Hall of Fame in in 1996. She has 18 years experience as a part-time paralibrarian in Phoenix and Tucson and is one of about a dozen "gaming experts" working with the American Library Association on a million-dollar grant-funded project to study the use of gaming to improve literacy skills and to develop a model "toolbox" for gaming in libraries. Through Danforth Design & Development (D3), she also works as an artist, a writer, and a library consultant. Follow her on Twitter @LizDanforth.


  1. Cool find! This sounds interesting. :)


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