Talk:Game of the Goose

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does any one know hoe math is involved in the game of the goose? I am work in on a project and need to know.

  • I think the maths are more involved in the conception and the possible secret messages in the game (the Templars origin theory and the Way of St. James representation). Here is an interpretation, I don't know if this site is reliable... anyway in short it says: the board is a spiral that geometrically express the ascent or the descent; 63 spaces in total--> 6 + 3 = 9, representing 9 the end of a cycle [...and it looks like a spiral too, doesn't it?]. The gooses are distributed along the spiral with a gap between them of 4-5 spaces --> 4 = physical world without conscientiousness (the 4 elements, 4 cardinal points, etc), 5 = the awake conscientiousness into the physical world (the fifth element, the Quintessence) so gooses 5,14 (1+4), 23 (2+3) etc... are the awake wisdom, while the 9, 18 (1+8) 27 (2+7) are the non conscient wisdom (if you fall in a goose, you go to the next goose & throw de dices again). Each two gooses a cycle is closed, with a total of 7 cycles 7 x 9 = 63, the 7 steps of the evolution. The bridge in number 6 (6 = love, a union between the 2 ways, Heaven and earth, the human mission must be in harmony with the spirit/ghost/soul) takes us to the 12 (12 Labors of Hercules, Zodiac). The shelter 19, get some rest (lose turns). The well, 31, you fall, you can't move until a brother come ther to help you. The labyrinth: 42 (4 + 2 = 6) there's a lot of possible ways, where is the exit? Yours is the one that your heart shows and your mind understand - you loose 2 turns. 52, the prison (5 + 2 = 7; the seven antithesis), you loose 3 turns you must find the trinity to continue the journey. 58 (5 + 8 = 13) - the death, the physical death, you have the chance to have a new body to start the way again (the death just before complete the way). I don't know if the numeric distribution is the same in all the versions of the game, this is obviously the Spanish version. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:35, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

Image label inaccuracy[edit]

The label for the image claims it is a French version of the game but the text on the pictured board is in English. (talk) 16:45, 13 June 2013 (UTC)

It's also mentioned in Nabokov's 'Pale Fire'[edit]

where the narrator mentions it in his notes (which are the main part of the novel) in relation how Gradus pursued the king through the verse and space.

Lines 181-182: waxwings... cicadas
The bird of lines 1 - 4 and 131 is again with us. It will reappear in the ultimate line of the poem; and another cicada, leaving its envelope behind, will sing triumphantly at lines 236-244.
Line 189: Starover Blue
See note to line 627. This reminds one of the Royal Game of the Goose, but played here with little airplanes of painted tin: a wild-goose game, rather (go to square 209).
Line 209: gradual decay
Spacetime itself is decay; Gradus is flying west; he has reached gray-blue Copenhagen (see note to 181). After tomorrow (July 7) he will proceed to Paris. He has sped through this verse and is gone - presently to darken our pages again. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:37, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

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How many dice?[edit]

A previous edit changed "a die" to "a dice". Is it one die, or two or more dice? (talk) 00:16, 24 October 2018 (UTC)