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Senet was a board game invented and played in Ancient Egypt thousands of years ago. It was their National board game. It is the oldest board game ever recorded and it is believed it began around 3500 BC. The Rules of Senet To play Senet you need~
  • 2 players
  • A Senet board
  • 10 playing pieces of 5 spools and 5 cones
  • 4 counting sticks- plain on one side decorated on the other
Imagining the board like this, the numbers show the direction of play. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Arrange all of the playing pieces alternately (cone - spool - cone, etc) along the board from 1 - 10 Each player throws the counting sticks to determine their move~
  • 1 uncoloured side up- 1 move
  • 2 uncoloured sides up- 2 moves
  • 3 uncoloured sides up- 3 moves
  • All uncoloured sides up- 4 moves
  • All coloured sides up- 5 moves
The player that throws a one first starts.They then throw the sticks noting down their scores until they throw a two or three. They then move a piece or pieces forward the distance given by their different throws. Notes:
  • A piece can jump other pieces
  • A piece can land on the opponent's piece, and swap places with it unless the opponent's piece is guarded- next to another opponents piece
  • A backwards move is possible only if no forward move is available
  • If a player can't make a move, they must "pass"
  • All pieces must land on square 26
  • An exact throw is needed to land on square 26
  • If the player lands on square 27, 28 or 30, the piece must go back to square 15 and the players turn ends
  • Instead of going to square 15, you can wait in 27 until a four is thrown by you
  • To clear a piece from the board, throw throw any number from square 30 or exact throws from squares 28 or 29
  • A throw of five clears a piece from square 26
  • If you can only mive from square 26, but have no where to go, you must land on square 27
  • Clear all pieces from the board to win
Look at the related links for more information and for a picture of a Senet board.
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