Royal Board Game of UR

Article: B-M-02

Availability: remaining (3 pcs.)
Category: Board games
  • Description


Here you can see the most ancient board game with a playing field in the world. This game is an amazing artifact that was ahead of its time! This is a game from the tombs of the kings of the city of Ur.

The city-state of Ur was founded around 7,000 years ago. It was repeatedly conquered and destroyed; it even managed to be the capital of the Kingdom of Sumer and Akkad. In the 4th century BC the city was abandoned. Archaeological excavations began in the mid-nineteenth century and are still going on. And in 1927, Sir Leonard Woolley found several similar game boards in the tomb of Queen Puabi (around 2600-2500 BC). Original title and rules have not survived, but archaeologists recovered several complete play sets.

This game is definitely an ancestor of the other ancient racing games like the Egyptian Senet or the Roman Tabula, or Backgammon. It is a game for two players. The set includes a game board that is consists of 20 squares, each of which has a unique ornament, and two sets of 7 tiles/tokens labeled on one side, and also three D2 sticks that are used as dice during the game.

And as we said before original game rules remained unknown, that is why people tried to think up their own rules and now there are really a lot of options and variations of the game.

Basic game or expansion Basic game
Genre Family
Sub-genre Prehistoric, Ancient
Playing time 20 — 30
Suggested age 8 — 99
Number of players 2 — 2
Manufacturer Bastian Books
Contents Game board, wooden tokens (14 pcs), 3 dice, game rules
Shipping weight 0.3 kg

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