Mandisa Njeri, captain of Her Royal Airship Ashanti, hosted a lively panel on parlor games during the symposium’s first day of programming. She said she was inspired to research more games after attending a parlor game night at the home of Sir Ernest Octave Suszczynski and Gintia Peaseblossom last year.
Parlor games are meant to be played indoors and can involve some physicality (usually in the form of chasing) but are not as taxing as a sport. While people are familiar with parlor games that were popular during the Victorian era in the both UK and the United States, I wanted this panel to expose attendees to international parlor games or rather indoor games from counties outside of the usual suspects in a fun, interactive way.”
About 15 participants attended the panel, where they chose from a list of 10 games played in various countries, including Chase the Dragon (China), in which participants placed their hands on each other’s shoulders to make a dragon and the head of the dragon tried to catch the “tail”; What Time Is It Mr. Wolf? (Australia), a game similar to Red Light, Green Light; and Mbube Mbube (South Africa), in which a blindfolded “lion” tries to catch an “impala.”
Visit Airship Ashanti’s community page on Facebook to see the whole list of games.
Ofeibea Loveless is a member of Cincinnati’s Airship Ashanti, which comes at steampunk from a West African point of view, and the co-founder of the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance.