The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire


The game of patience has a history dating back to the 18th century. It became wildly popular in the 19th, with dozens - if not hundreds - of variations proliferating across Europe. 

No matter when or where it is played, patience involves the sorting of cards from a shuffled deck - sometimes by suit, sometimes by value, and sometimes according to some other organizing principle.

In other words, it is a game that challenges the player to create order from disorder. 

Ready to play?

The bad news is that in order to play, you need to read Russian. The good news is that if you win, you will have learned a crucial - and often overlooked - truth about how Russian space was understood.
  1. Go to the Patience Gameboard.
  2. In the upper right corner of the display, click "Remake" (be sure to copy both design and posts). Now you have your own copy of the Gameboard.
  3. Discover the key to sorting the cards into order. Look for clues. Think. You can do it.
  4. Arrange the cards in order by clicking and dragging them into place. (You can also do this by printing out the contents of the Gameboard - Padlet allows export into various formats.)
  5. Once they are in order, record the message hidden in the cards.
  6. In the spirit of sharing, we highly recommend that you translate the message into English and impress your friends with your hard-won knowledge.
  7. Let us know about your accomplishment! Reach out on Twitter @ImperiiaProject

Ready for the solution?

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