The board and all the pieces are made from solid hardwood and I took lots of care to recreate the ancient symbols that were found on the original board that was found during an archaeological dig of the Royal Cemetery at UR in present day Iraq. The game comes with all needed pieces and instructions to play. The hardwood, carved game board is 24inches by 8 inches and makes an interesting center piece for a coffee table in any home. This game makes the perfect gift for individuals or families who love playing fun board games and also enjoy the idea of playing the oldest known board game known to exist in human history.
The Royal Game of Ur is a game that was played in ancient Mesopotamia. The earliest game boards date to about 2400 BCE, but the most famous, from which the game gets its modern name and is pictured above, came from the royal tombs at Ur, in ancient Sumer, which is in modern Iraq.
It was a very popular game in the past as boards have been found all over the Middle East and beyond, including Crete, even making it all the way to Sri Lanka! The game was also played in ancient Egypt and in fact, four boards were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
To play, you need
Each player has one half of the board. The aim of the game is to move your piece onto the board, and get it successfully to the other end of the board and then off.
1. The first person rolls and moves one piece onto the board, moving the number of spaces indicated by the number rolled.
2. One square can only have one piece on it.
3. You can have any number of pieces on the board.
4. If your opponent lands exactly on one of your pieces, your piece is sent off the board and must start the journey again.
5. The blue squares, as shown above, are safe. Only on the central strip (green) can pieces be sent off the board.
6. Squares with rosettes on them are safe, and a piece cannot be sent off the board.
7. If you land exactly on a rosette square you get an immediate bonus roll.
8. To get your piece successfully off the board, you must make a throw of the number of squares needed plus one. For example, on the last rosette, you must throw a one to successfully get your piece off the board. If you don't throw the right number, you cannot move that piece.
9. The first person to get all their pieces successfully through and off the board wins.