MacGregor Historic Games


MacGregor Historic Games

We have been in business researching and selling board, dice and card games from the past since 1994. Our replica playing cards are used by historical reenactors around the world.

We've owned a booth at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since 1995 and appear at a number of other events in the midwest. 


While we do not claim to be the last word on historic games, we do take pride in our on-going research, and the wide variety of historic and regional rules we include with our games. We are happy to answer questions whenever we can, or refer people to other sources for research help.

Location: Minnesota
Members: 17
Latest Activity: Jul 9, 2018

A little video look at some of our games.

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Our booth At the MN Renaissance Fest 2012

Started by Charles Knutson Sep 4, 2012.

Kings Queens and Face Xards

Started by Charles Knutson Aug 6, 2012.

Everything Old is New Again

Started by Charles Knutson Jul 31, 2012.

Portable Fabric Games 3 Replies

Started by Charles Knutson. Last reply by Charles Knutson Jul 21, 2012.

"Maw" -A Card Game of the Scottish Court

Started by Charles Knutson Jul 19, 2012.

My Celtic Art 1 Reply

Started by Charles Knutson. Last reply by Charles Knutson Jul 8, 2012.

Gambling & Early America

Started by Charles Knutson Jun 25, 2012.

Jost Amman 16th C. Playing Cards

Started by Charles Knutson Jun 24, 2012.

Sinners & Saints (playing card history)

Started by Charles Knutson Jun 24, 2012.

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Comment by Charles Knutson on July 9, 2018 at 12:50pm

A new video about one of our period decks of cards.

Comment by Charles Knutson on November 2, 2016 at 12:28pm

A little look at one of my more recent large pieces of Celtic art. A Celtic themed ouja table.

Comment by Charles Knutson on March 8, 2014 at 7:03pm

Our French playing cards were recently featured as props on the CW TV show "Reign"

Comment by Charles Knutson on November 22, 2013 at 6:29pm

Just heard that our 16th century French playing cards should be appearing as props in the 12th episode of the new series "Reign."

Comment by Charles Knutson on June 19, 2013 at 9:07pm

We started a crowd funding campaign to bring back the period coins we used to sell

Comment by Charles Knutson on June 13, 2013 at 8:53am

Fun news. I just got an Email asking if it was okay to use our 18th century English playing cards as set dressing for a TV adaptation of "Death Comes To Pemberley" by P. D. James.

Comment by Charles Knutson on March 9, 2013 at 11:25am

I just put together a little video about the history of knucklebones as a

Comment by Charles Knutson on October 22, 2012 at 10:30am

I was going to put a circular chess game on this second-hand table that I found, but realized my Celtic Pentagram design could fit in the inlaid circle and then I could put the seasonal greenmen I've done in the past in the corners. Anyone in the market for a special altar?

More pics on Facebook

Comment by Charles Knutson on August 5, 2012 at 11:44am

A little look at the evolution of playing card art. The colored ones are examples of decks that we sell.

Comment by Charles Knutson on July 19, 2012 at 8:45am

Giving Etsy a try for selling a couple things

Celtic Art Pentagram


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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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