This page covers what the people in the MK world do for entertainment.
Skirmish - In spite of it's name it is a sporting game involving a ball. It can best be described as full contact soccer. 2 teams attempt to put the ball into their opponents goals while protecting their own. A player can use any part of their body except their hands. Players are also allowed to bump, push, tackle and even trip their opponents but no punching or kicking is allowed. This is a game that has become popular in Marigund lately and that popularity is spreading to the rest of the Midlands. Legends claim that the game is based on an older Centli game which used the severed head of an an enemy. This has led to the ball having a face painted on it for good luck. The game is actually based on the game of Die Ball.
Fox and Hounds: This is a chasing game. The pursuer or pursuers (there can be many and are called the hounds) must track and catch the pursued (called the fox).
Die ball: this game is only played on special occasions and involves 2 teams. The ball levitates off the ground and the main idea is they need to break it's levitation so it will fall back to earth and then real play can begin. Then they need to grab the ball and run for the opposing players goal. To score a point the ball, while held by a player must make contact with the ground of the opposing team's side. Anything less will not count. It used to be played a lot, for old tournaments but has been abandoned for a few years. The latest harvest festival game was the first in a long while.
Wrestling: another common sport is wrestling.
Lacrosse:This game does exist.
Polo: The game of Polo does exist under a variety of names and rules. This Includes a Lutin version that is played while riding dire wolves! The game varies from something close to the real world Polo to a version that allows weapons and is combat with a ball involved. Another version involves the use of a dead sheep or goat instead of a ball.
Racing: Foot, horse, dog, pigeon and even cheetah racing (in some southern areas) all are popular.
Swimming: Popular in areas with lots of water.
Tournaments: This is the typical medieval event. A mix of country fair and major sporting event. Some could last weeks. A good list of events at tournaments is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tournament_%28medieval%29
Dancing: Dancing is a very popular pastime and many styles exist.
Drinking: Also a popular pastime in some areas. Usually accompanied by bad singing.
Singing: Always a favorite among people.
Story Telling: Ranging from inflated boastful tales of prowess over too many drinks to well thought out printed stories and poetry.
Writing: Literature in all forms is very popular.
Music: This category alone could fill a page as music of all sorts is popular.
Card playing is very popular. These involve card decks of various types. The normal 52 card deck of real life is very common as is a deck of 72 cards called a Frizzle deck. Bridge, Pinochle, poker, and a form of Blackjack are among the common card games.
Rampage: This card game is very popular among the lutins who invented it. Played with a special deck of 80 cards in 8 suits and involves some surprisingly complex rules.
Pool: The pool table has been invented. Billiards and other forms of the game are known and played.
A common game is called Hoop and Spear (among other names). And involves someone rolling a hoop along the ground and then trying to throw a spear through it without knocked down the hoop. The smaller the hoop the harder it is.
Darts: Throwing darts (or knives or whatever other hand-held projectiles) at a target, usually indoors. Variations may include the target swinging side to side on a rope.
Real world board games like backgammon, Chess, checkers and Parcheesi are common.
Fox and Geese: This is a game of strategy in which the geese try and corner the fox without getting eaten themselves. Typically, one player elects to be the fox and the other the geese. The board is in the shape of an equal cross. Paths between equally spaced holes are defined with the same color. The geese are placed so as to fill up all the points on one side of the board. The fox can be placed on any vacant point remaining. The fox moves first. On their turn, each side may move one counter. Both fox and geese can move along a line, forwards, backwards, or sideways, to the next contiguous point.
The fox may move along a line or jump over a goose to an empty point, effectively eating the goose and removing it from the board. Two or more geese may be captured by the fox in one turn, providing that he is able to jump to an empty point after each one. The fox wins if he depletes the gaggle of geese to a number that makes it impossible for them to trap him. The geese cannot jump over the fox or capture the fox. They must try to mob him and hem him into a corner making it impossible for him to move. The geese win if they succeed in immobilizing the fox.
Senet: This is a very old game believed to have been first played in Kkarrt and is still played in the Sathmore Kingdom. The Senet game board is a grid of thirty squares, arranged in three rows of ten. A senet game has two sets of pawns (at least five of each and, in some sets, more). The Senet board is traversed along an S-shaped pathway. The two players placed their pieces alternating on the first ten, if the game was played with five pieces each, or fourteen squares of the board. They were advanced according to the results of throws of little sticks, knuckle bones or dice. The aim is to move all one's pieces to the last square of the board and remove them. The twenty-sixth square was often called nefer (i.e. good, beautiful - seemingly a "lucky" square), but the following one is an obstacle which has to be leapt over.