- Highly complex mathematical Board game
- Sometimes known as the Philosophers' Game
- Nice wooden board with vinyl playing surface
- Hand made by small artisan craft shop in Spain
- Colour-washed finish for authenticate vintage look
A good size wooden board with vinyl playing surface. Nicely decorated with integral rear storage tray for the playing pieces.
The playing pieces are roughly decorated giving them a rustic, authentic feel and design.
Rithmomachy is a rather unusual, highly complex mathematical board game. Of European origin, the earliest known reference to the game from the eleventh century. The game is sometimes known as the Philosopher's game, with the literal translation being "The Battle of the Numbers". The game is much like chess, except most methods of capture depend on the numbers inscribed on each piece.
This game is hand made by a small artisan craftshop in Spain. Each game is very slightly different - the pieces are not always uniform and and the wood has a colour-washed finish that is designed to give it a vintage look. This is not to everyone's taste so please do scrutinise the pictures before ordering.
Note: Colours of the pieces may vary.
42 x 30.5 x 4.5cm
Rithmomachy or Rithmomachia or The Philosophers' Game was played in England, France and Germany in the Middle Ages but after the 16th century it fell into disuse. There were various ways in which the game could be played. Masters Traditional Games supplies rules derived from a book by Rafe Lever (augmented by W.F.) published in London in 1563, called The most noble, ancient and learned play, called the Philosophers game... We first give the rules for a comparatively simple way of playing and then some of the book’s optional additional rules which increase the level of difficulty.
The players sit at opposite ends of the board. The men are red on one side and green on the other (with each man on the red side being turned to face its player). Each Pyramid is indicated by a “P” – the red one has 5 faces and the green one 6 faces. The object of Rithmomachy is to capture the enemy Pyramid, and the first player to do this is the winner. To prevent the game from going on too long, it can also end at the expiry of a pre-determined time limit, when the winner is the player who has captured most pieces.