Hall of fame
Alfons X el Savi (1221-1284)
Gerolamo Cardano (1501-1576)
Stewart Culin (1858-1929)
Lizzie J. Magie (1866-1948)
Alfons X the Wise, Gerolamo Cardano, Stewart Culin, and Lizzie J. Magie are the first to be inducted into the Dau Barcelona Hall of Fame. For the first time, the Dau Barcelona Awards will grant this posthumous recognition to historical figures that significantly contributed to the promotion and development of games, especially board games, in past centuries.
King Alfonso X of Castile (1221-1284), also known as the Wise, at the end of his reign, commissioned different learned men and oversaw the writing of the Book of chess, dice, and tables. This masterpiece is the oldest account of chess and other board games, some of which originated in Islamic kingdoms. It is one of the most important documents for research on board games, and it is considered the world's first encyclopaedia of board games.
Gerolamo Cardano (1501-1576), an Italian, was a learned man who specialised in different disciplines, including mathematics, astronomy, physics, and medicine. He was also a great fan of games of chance, often betting money. In addition to various publications on algebra, philosophy, and medicine, he wrote the first treatise on probability and games of chance, entitled Liber de ludo aleae.
American ethnographer Stewart Culin (1858-1929) was a specialist in the world of games. He founded the American Anthropological Association and the American Folklore Society and directed various museums and cultural institutions. After authoring various pieces of literature about games in different parts of the world, such as Korea, China, Hawaii, and the Philippines, in 1907, he published his crowning achievement, Games of the North American Indians, which is still a reference work today.
Another American, Lizzie J. Magie (1866-1948), was a writer, actress, and journalist. She was a Quaker and she created The Landlord’s Game, which thirty years later, was the inspiration for the game Monopoly. She patented the first version in 1904 as a game to show how negative and unfair the hoarding of land could become. This is a far cry from the Monopoly we know today!
The figures inducted into the Dau Barcelona Hall of Fame are selected by the winners of the Dau Barcelona "award for a life dedicated to games" from previous years. Each year, two new historical figures will be added, creating a hall of fame for the most important people in the history of games and board games, an important part of the history of culture.