Thursday, December 3, 2015

How to find and play a game from Ancient Egypt...

First, in your browser, navigate to this web address, to see the following...


Then, click or tap on the words "Egyptian Life" at the top of the list on the left. A new page will open....



On this new page, click or tap on the word "Challenge" in the left margin... You will be taken to another new page, which is the main page for the game...



On this main game page, you will find instructions and rules, and you will also be prompted if you make a move which is against the rules. To load all the markers onto the board, click or tap on the word "Senet" just above the board in the white area.



Here is the board with all its markers in place, ready to start a game. When moving your markers, these are moved along the board in a reversed "S" pattern. The top row moves toward the right end of it, and the middle row moves from right to left, and the bottom row moves from left to right until all the markers of one player have been moved off the board to finish the game.


Here is a game in progress, and nearly finished, but not quite. As you throw your sticks by clicking or tapping on that little pile of them below the left end of the board, this action has a rather loud clicking sound, and since you are doing this for every move, you may find the sound annoying, and should perhaps reduce the volume, or just mute the sound while the game is in progress. Don't forget to put that back to normal after the game is finished. And have fun! This is your opportunity to play a game that was very popular in Egypt for about three thousand years, and was played by both children and adults almost everywhere. King Tut's tomb had several of these game boards in it when it was first discovered, and some were very fancy. What modern game does this remind you of?

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