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Friday, May 27, 2022

Calling All Masonic Gamers: 'On The Square'


by Christopher Hodapp


Two talented brethren in England have come up with a new board game pitched specifically to Freemasons, called On The Square. This game originally got developed from a Kickstarter campaign, and it's now available for purchase.

The website explains the basics HERE:

On the Square is 2-6 player (Augmented) set-collection game based on establishing an English Freemasons meeting.

The aim of the game is to collect ceremonial items from around the board, whilst greeting the other officers in-order along the way, before returning to your seat to begin the proceedings. The first player to do so wins the game.

Using player boards to keep track of their items, players make their way around a game board laid out to accurately represent an English lodge with iconography taken directly from the Metropolitan grand lodge in central London. However, movement around this board is deceptively strategic.

The current price is UK £41.00, which translates to US $51.87.

During the month of May, the makers of On The Square have a special offer for customers:

For all orders placed between May 5th and June 2nd 2022:

1 copy of the game for 2-6 players. Includes FREE shipping.
+ FREE 1st & 2nd edition Mysteries & Secretes Masonic Themed Playing cards
+ FREE Blank greeting Cards (Featuring original Mysteries & Secrets Aces Playing Cards)

The Masonic-themed playing cards added as a bonus item are fascinating all by themselves. The decks replace the traditional four suits with Masonic orders:


Be sure to take notice about shipping on the website, as these games are being sold and shipped from England. The company lists a couple of different shipping speeds and rates.

2 comments:

  1. I and a few other Worshipful Brothers supported their kickstarter campaign. I personally have two copies of the game. A couple weeks ago, I had two brothers over to figure out how to play it.

    Overall it is an enjoyable game. No secrets will be revealed, if non-Masons play. We all thought that one mechanic in the game seems to be broken. If we continue to think that, I have a couple house rules, which may mitigate it.

    I recommend this game for any Freemason, especially those Freemasons who are also gamers.

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  2. I supported both of their Freemason related kickstarters. I highly recommend "On The Square: The 1st 3 Degrees" to every Freemason, especially those who are gamers.

    Robert M Plank PM
    Pentalpha #564 (and others #389, #773 and #775)
    Indiana

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