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Board Game History

Dice and Card history

Dice The first record we have of gaming or game pieces was the dice or dice-like items. 6000 years ago pits, pebbles, and sea shells were used. Another dice-style implement was a collection of flat sticks that were painted on… Continue Reading →

Board Game History – Patolli

Patolli or patole, one of the oldest games in North America, was a game of strategy and luck. Conquistadors reported that Montezuma enjoyed watching his nobles play the game. Patolli was played by a wide range of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures and known all over Mesoamerica. The ancient Mayans also played… Continue Reading →

History of Board Games – Chaturanga

Chaturanga (चतुरङ्ग; caturaṅga), is a game from ancient India thought to be the common ancestor of chess. Chaturanga was created in the 6th century within the Gupta Empire. By the 7th century, it was adopted in Sassanid Persia as Shatranj, which was… Continue Reading →

Board Game History – Shax

In the northern regions of Somalia it is known as shax(pronounced “Shah”), in the central and southern regions it is called jar (literally meaning “cut”), other names include Djelga or Mororova. Shax has been played in the Horn of Africa,… Continue Reading →

Board Game History – Go

Go (圍棋 or 围棋,  meaning “encircling game”) was invented in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago, which may make it the oldest board game still played today. It was considered one of the four cultivated arts of the Chinese… Continue Reading →

Board Game History – Tafl

Tafl isn’t so much a particular board game but a family of games played on a checkered or latticed gameboard with two armies of uneven numbers, based of a Scandinavian board game called tafl or hnefatafl. Everywhere that Vikings spread… Continue Reading →

Board Game History – Ludus latrunculorum

Ludus latrunculorum/latrunculi/latrones (“the game of brigands”, from latrunculus, diminutive of latro, mercenary or highwayman) is a Roman game of strategy for 2 players like Chess or Draughts. Latrunculi may be a variant of earlier Greek games such as Petteia, pessoí,… Continue Reading →

Board Game History – Senet

Senet is an ancient Egyptian game, and one of the oldest known games. The earliest recording of the game was a hieroglyph dating at about 3100 BCE in the tomb of Merknera. Also, fragments of what appear to be Senet… Continue Reading →

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