Learn how to play go, senet, the Royal Game of Ur, and tablut, a version of the Viking game hnefatafl.
GO — Go is a Chinese game that dates back to the 2nd millennium BC. It was mentioned by Confucius in the 6th century BC and was popular during the Tang dynasty (AD 618-906). It is believed to be the oldest continuously played board game.
SENET — Senet is a board game from Ancient Egypt that dates to at least 3100 BC. The name in Ancient Egyptian means «game of passing.» It is a fairly straightforward racing game and was most likely a representation of the journey of the ka (one aspect of the soul in Egyptian belief) to the afterlife.
THE ROYAL GAME OF UR — Two gameboards unearthed from royal tombs in the Sumerian city of Ur give this game its name. The discovery of a clay tablet outlining the rules has allowed modern historians to reconstruct the gameplay. It is also a racing game and uses tetrahedral dice to determine how far a piece may move.
TABLUT — Tablut is one version of a tafl game, boards and pieces of which have been found across Northern Europe. The gametype dates back to at least 400 BC and was spread by Scandinavian Vikings, giving it the nickname «The Viking Game.» Tablut was played by the Sami people of Lapland, and the rules of the game were recorded by Carl Linnaeus in 1732, making it the best-documented tafl game. It is often marketed as «King's Table.»