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The Royal Game of Ur is a race game from ancient Mesopotamia. Many antique boards and even two clay "rule books" were found. The exact rules and course is not known for sure, but Wikipedia describes reconstructed Basic Rules

Setup Edit

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simple Game of Ur layout

The original boards were decorated with many symbols, but their meaning is not always clear. A simple setup with the Green Box of Games can be done with 7 neutral (backside) tiles, 2x4 player direction tiles and 5 "Rosetta" tiles.
  • neutral tiles in the middle row denote the "battlefield" where the player pawns will meet and capture each other.
  • Rosetta tile: The player can roll the dice once more and the pawn standing on this field is safe from capture.
  • Top and bottom rows are the player lanes with the start in the middle left and the goal in the middle right (refer to wikipedia for a diagram). Start and end can be visualized with cards.

You also need 2 x 7 cubes as player pawns in two colors.

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Dice Edit

The Game of Ur was played with four four-sided dice. On each die two corners had a "point" mark and two sides had "no point" mark. The points were then added together. With this a player is able to roll: 0,1,2,3,4 (but the probabilities are not equal for each result).

  • If you happen to have 4 pyramidal D4 you can either paint two corners on them or just decide that 1&2=0 and 3&4=1.
  • Alternatively you can get some App that has customizable dice
  • Alternatively you can utilize the playing cards to emulate dice: take 4 cards with one and 4 cards with 2 dots (For clearer visuals you can choose light and dark colors, too). Then mix all 8 cards and draw 4 and count all 2 dotted cards - that's your dice points. (The probabilities are not the same as with the dice, though)
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