First Year student, Ryan Ilmane, recently made his own Classical-themed board game; having been inspired by studying Classics in the Junior Year.

The board, the cards and the rules were all designed and created from scratch – each inspired by his favourite card and board games.

In Ryan’s game, players build their team of heroes, gods, and historical figures and prepare to battle each other for supremacy of the classical world.

When playing the game with peers and teachers in the library, teams consisted of Zeus, Achilles, and Julius Caesar – battling with Poseidon, Agamemnon, and Socrates.

Mr Paterson explains: “We started designing concepts for games at the end of the Summer term. I made an off-the-cuff comment in our final lesson that if anyone wanted to make a full game over the summer, I would give them a million commendations…

“I was surprised and incredibly impressed when Ryan came back with a fully-made board game ready to play. Sadly, I didn’t have a million commendations to give, but we did spend an enjoyable afternoon in the library after school playing the game. This was one of the most impressive independent projects I have seen from one of our younger students.”

Well done, Ryan!


“I enjoyed classics in Junior Year very much and, when I was making this in the summer, I was able reflect back on the whole year. It definitely deepened my knowledge. I also wanted to make something different - not just a trivia type of game; something which requires a bit of calculation as well as tactics, while playing with famous characters from ancient times.”


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