Charles Woodward and his Egyptianised Mausoleum

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 sparked a frenzied interest in all things Egyptian. This excitement would reach Canadian businessperson Charles Woodward in Vancouver and lead him to build a mausoleum for himself and his family in Egyptianising fashion in 1924. Today it marks a commanding spot in the Burnaby Heritage Cemetery in Burnaby,…

Game Review: Egypt and Nubia in Civilization VI

Egypt is a popular choice as a location for gaming franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Tomb Raider, and Sid Meier’s Civilization. Players could choose to play as the ancient Egyptians since the first Civilization game was released in 1991. Now, the latest addition to the Civilization series includes ancient Nubia as a playable culture for the…

Game Review: Assassin’s Creed – The Curse of the Pharaohs

In the spring, the Nile Scribes invited guest blogger Emily Hotton to tell us how Egypt is represented in the latest installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise: Origins. The game developers recently added a new expansion called “The Curse of the Pharaohs” featuring the afterlife worlds of four Egyptian royals. This week, we are pleased to welcome Emily…

Game Review: Exit The Pharaoh’s Tomb

Playing board games is a popular pastime and a great way for Egyptophiles to connect, whether they’re at home or in the field! The Nile Scribes are avid board game players and we love to share Egypt-themed games that we have played with our readers. Our newest game review is of EXIT: The Pharaoh’s Tomb, released…

Making Assassin’s Creed: Interview with Perrine Poiron

A few weeks ago, we reviewed the latest installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise in a two-part series (read them here: Gameplay review and Discovery Tour review). This week we were fortunate enough to speak with one of the Egyptologists who worked with the developers at Ubisoft to contribute to the Egyptology-side of the game: Perrine Poiron….

Ancient Egypt in the Royal Ontario Museum’s Mosaic

Upon entering the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) through its Queen’s Park doors, a marvel awaits the visitor in the rotunda above their heads. The ceiling contains thousands of glittering tiles that were installed with a new entrance when the museum was expanded in the early 1930s. When the museum opened the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal entrance…

Game Review: Assassin’s Creed, Origins (Part 2)

We published the first part of a review of Assassin’s Creed: Origins in our last week’s blog, and the Nile Scribes have reinvited Emily Hotton to tell us about one of the more unique elements of the game, the Discovery Tour, which was unveiled by Ubisoft only a few months ago.

Game Review: Assassin’s Creed, Origins (Part 1)

When Ubisoft announced that the sequel in their Assassin’s Creed series would be based in ancient Egypt, Egyptophiles around the world heard the news with much delight, including the Nile Scribes. Assassin’s Creed: Origins was released in October 2017, and our colleague, Emily Hotton, has written a review of the game for our blog. In…

Game Review: Interview with Designer Phil Walker-Harding

In our last blog, we wrote about the fun we had playing Imhotep: Builder of Egypt, an Egypt-themed game where players work together to build miniatures of Egyptian monuments like pyramids, temples, and obelisks. The creator of the game is Phil Walker-Harding, an Australian game designer who designed other popular games such as Sushi Go…

Game Review: Imhotep, Builder of Egypt

Playing board games is a popular pastime and a great way for Egyptophiles to connect, whether they’re at home or in the field! The Nile Scribes are avid board game players and we want to share some Egypt-themed games that we have played with our readers. Our next game review is for Imhotep: Builder of…