Christian Freeling is a famous Dutch game designer who created more than 50 board games. His most popular game is Havannah, which was published in 1981 by Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH in Germany. He also invented two mancala games: Glass Bead Game and MiniMancala.
Freeling was born on February 1, 1947. He lives in Enschede, The Netherlands, and has three sons: Demian (1975), Myron (1978) and Falco (1993) and one daughter: Ninja (1982). Besides inventing new games, his main hobby is raising raccoon dogs.
On May 13, 2000, Freeling lost all his animals, games and books, when a fireworks warehouse in Enschede exploded.
A Selection of Freeling's Games
|Name||Type of Game||Year|
|Glass Bead Game||Mancala game||1979|
|Emergo (with Ed van Zon)||Stacking game||1980|
|Hexade||Pattern building game||1980|
|Yari Shogi||Chess variant||1981|
|Grand Chess||Chess variant||1984|
|HexEmergo||Stacking game (Elimination)||1985|
|Charybdis Square||Territorial game||2010|
|Jump Sturdy||Territorial game||2010|
|Lhexus||Territorial game (most connections)||2010|
|Monkey Trap (Turd)||Territorial game||2010|
|Soar||Stacking game (Elimination)||2010|
|Symple Hex||Territorial game||2010|
|Trounce||Stacking game (Elimination)||2010|
|Grabber||Territorial game with stacking||2011|
|Pylix||N-in-a row game with pseudostacking||2011|
|Square Triccs||Territorial game||2012|
More game are Breakthrough (Reach-a-position game), Crossfire (stacking game inspired by Sid Sackson's Focus), Lotus (territorial game), MacBeth (territorial game; variant of Reversi), Medusa (territorial game), Mephisto (domino game), Mu (territorial game), Phalanx (territorial game), Rondo, (connection game - flawed), Square Off (territorial game), Superstar (connection game inspired by Craige Schensted's Star), and Swish (capturing game).