12th Century Games
Guingamor is spending a day at home being indisposed. He seeks out a companion and: "After chatting a while, they went to a game table (tablier) to amuse themselves" where they play chess (l'eschequier)
Game boards were usually much larger than modern boards. Boards were a square piece of wood, probably approximately 1m square, which was supported by a pair of trestle legs. Players would sit in chairs or benches at the board and might knock the board over if suddenly surprised.
Tables is one a group of games which are predecessors to the modern game backgammon.