A University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduate has created a card game with the hope of encouraging more people to take an interest in the history and mythology of Wales.
Eifion Rogers who graduated in 2007 with a BA Sports Management degree has had a varied career since completing his studies including coaching football teams and publishing a book on the history of football in Brynamman.
Now pursing his love of history and mythology, his latest venture has been the creation of a card game based on Welsh legends.
With family hailing from the small village of Myddfai in Carmarthenshire, known for folklore tales of the Physicians of Myddfai and Lady of the Lake, Eifion has always had a fascination in this area.
It was a trip to Ireland back in 2018 that sparked the idea of the game where he learnt about Irish mythology and a book containing old folklore stories that had been created by school children from information they had collected from their oldest living relatives.
Eifion imagined creating his own book that shared the myths and heritage of his own land, but after meeting his business partner, David Daniel, they decided to go down the route of a fun and educational card game.
Welsh Legends game, that has been created in Welsh and in English, is a spin on the card game Top Trumps, featuring 32 characters from Welsh mythology including Merlin the Wizard, Mari Lwyd and Rhiannon.
Eifion hopes it will be used in schools and will inspire people all over the world to take an interest in these iconic figures that have shaped Welsh culture.
The game has already been shipped to 12 countries and 15 states in the USA and have featured on regional, national and international newspapers and radio stations, as well as S4C.
As a graduate of UWTSD, Eifion has been able to seek advice from the University’s Enterprise team to help with the start-up of his business.
Dylan Willams-Evans, UWTSD’s Enterprise & Future Funds Executive Officer said:
“It is fantastic to see that having attended our Business Start-up Course, received 1-2-1 support and accessed our Entrepreneurship Startup Grant, that Eifion has gone ahead and used all that he has learnt to successfully start his business in an area that he is extremely passionate about and where he has spotted a gap in the market.”
Eifion praises the University on helping him get to where he is today saying:
“UWTSD had a massive impact on my development and everything I have achieved in life so far. I forged relationships with staff that I will treasure for a lifetime. I will never forget the way that university shaped my life.”
You can support Eifion in his venture and purchase Welsh Legends card game here: