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Objects in focusTop 10 historical board gamesTry your hvà at ten games spanning over 5,000 years of history – including ancient board games still played today, lượt thích the Game of Ur, senet, warri, mahjong and chess.

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French, German & Italian versions of the ‘Game of the Goose’

The ayên ổn of the game is to lớn get your counter to the centre of the board, moving counterclockwise according khổng lồ rolls of a die. Some spaces are accompanied by special rules – for example, if you lvà on number 58 you must start the game again, or if you lvà on number 19 you might pay a forfeit & drink until your next turn. Players must score a perfect 63 lớn win the game.

To play ‘Game of the Goose’ at trang chủ, simply copy or print out any of the versions linked in the captions above, which handily hold all the rules on the board, find two dice, and enjoy!

7. Ajax & Achilles’ game of dice
(Left) A beadwork gaming board for pachiđắm say, north west India, 1850–1900, (Right) A cotton & velvet game board for pachisi, Sri Lanka, 19th century

Pachisi mê is an Indian game played since at least the 16th century on a board shaped lượt thích a symmetrical cross. The aim of the game is lớn move sầu all four of your pieces around the board before your opponents bởi, with the central square acting as the start & finish point.

The number of spaces moved on each turn is determined by a throw, traditionally of cowrie shells, và the number of shells which lvà with their opening upwards dictates the number of spaces moved. In other iterations of the game, shells are replaced by beehive-shaped pieces, lượt thích these below.

12 pachisay mê pieces made of crystal. Assam, India, 19th century

The name of the game is derived from the Hindi word paccīs, meaning twenty-five – the largest score possible with one throw, where none of the pieces l& upside down, và so the game is also known as Twenty Five.

The principles of pachimê say were taken lớn create Luvì – a simplified version of the same game – in England in 1896. Find out more here.

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10. Mehen
A pale-yellow limestone circular game for mehen. Egypt, Early Dynastic period (around 2925–2575 BC).

Named after the Egyptian snake god, Mehen was played from around 3000 BC until 2300 BC.

The game board is in the shape of a coiled snake, whose toàn thân is divided up inkhổng lồ rectangular segments, và teams of up to lớn six players race from the tail to the head và baông chồng again, with additional lion-shaped gaming pieces.

The rules & scoring system of Mehen are unknown, but a modern equivalent might be Hyena – a North African game where players race a mother piece along a spiral track from the outside (the village), to lớn the centre (the well), & baông chồng. The first to lớn finish wins & releases a hyena, which also travels along the spiral, eating other players’ pieces as it goes!

We hope you enjoyed our rundown of some historic board games – let us know if they’ve sầu cured your boredom và if you’re enjoying playing any by tweeting us

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