Sir Gawain and the Holy Grail
|The card game was invented for a series of
courses on software testing, and was used as a warm-up exercise which helped the students
get to know one another and work together.
It has worked predictably and enjoyably for those students. It became apparent that the lessons it teaches have a wider application than the world of Information Technology.
Name of the Game
To start with, it had no name. Could a name be made out of no-name? The next step was to give it the working title:Game AWaiting An Interesting Name
And this of course created the acronymGAWAIN
Which links us to Arthurian legends and the Holy Grail.
The Legend (not a traditional one, but made up for the game)
Sir Gawain, dying on a bloody battlefield, wants to reveal to his trusty squire the exact whereabouts of the Holy Grail, that famous cup used by Jesus at the last supper, which had been brought to England by Joseph of Arimathea. The Grail is in a crypt beneath the original church at Glastonbury, sealed up amongst the tombs of 35 saints. Each tomb has an emblem carved on its cover. It is sacrilege to open the wrong tomb.
The dying knight can no longer speak but manages to expose to his squire a tattoo of the emblem. The squire escapes the bloody battlefield, himself mortally wounded. Before he dies, he manages to describe the emblem to another knight, so that the whereabouts of the Grail is not forever lost.
Format and purpose of the game
The aim of the game is to complete the game. Members of the group help one another and
its not competitive.
To see where you can buy this book, which has nothing to do with the card game, click on the image above
The cards each bear an emblem . . .
Another emblem . . .
design of card back
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