The Royal Game of Ur
The oldest game board ever discovered was found inside the Royal tombs at the ancient Sumerian city of Ur in Mesopotamia. Ur of the Chaldees is mentioned in the Bible and the tombs were built more than 5000 years ago. The name of the game isn't known and so it has become known as 'The Royal Game of Ur'.
No-one knows how the game was played but many games historians have used various pieces of evidence to conjecture rules, most notably Irving Finkel, the inimitable British Museum games specialist who broke new ground by deciphering a cuneiform tablet with rules for the game from a later era. A set of proposed rules is included within the game. But if more ideas are needed, we at Masters Traditional Games take such matters very seriously and have published 3 variations of the simple race game in the rules section of our website.
Royal Game of Ur
- Good quality replica Royal Game of UR
- Made from hardwood with nice wooden pyramid dice and playing pieces
- Nicely decorated with clear printed decorations
- Closely follows the original design dating back 5000 years
- Simple to learn and play - instructions included
A nicely made and attractively finished Royal Game of Ur made from hardwood with an integrated storage drawer for the dice and playing pieces.
The design closely follows the original and features clear printed markings and a good use of blue that enhances the aesthetic appeal. The set includes 14 nice wooden playing pieces in black and natural wood finishes and 8 wooden pyramid dice.
The game is very simple to learn and play and full instructions are included.
This a well made replica of the oldest board game ever discovered allowing you to play with a piece of history!
345 x 133mm
Contains small parts. Unsuitable for children younger than 4 years old.
Royal Game of Ur - Vinyl Playing Surface
- Wooden board with vinyl playing surface
- Rustic aesthetic that adds an authenticity to the product
- Wooden playing pieces
- Storage drawer on the underside of the board for the pieces
- Manufactured in Spain
A nice version of the Royal Game of Ur, the game from the oldest known civilisation, with a rustic aesthetic that adds charm and authenticity to the product.
A wooden board with a storage drawer on the underside and a vinyl playing surface. The pieces are wooden and painted.
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.
41 x 31 x 4.5cm
Replica Royal Game of Ur
- An eye catching stylish version of the game credited as being the oldest board game in the world
- Made from solid wood with a eye catching playing surface this game stands out from the crowd
- Includes wooden pieces pyramid dice and rules so you can learn to play this piece of history
- Would serve as a fantastic gift to any board game enthusiast
- For all ages it is easy to learn and sure to entertain
An attractive and stylish version of the Royal Game of Ur. The board is made from solid wood of the Pinewood family, but is denser and heavier than normal Pine.
This version of the the oldest board game ever found is based on the original board displayed at the British Museum. This famous version of the game was found inside the Royal tombs at the ancient Mesopotamiam city of Ur, now Iraq.
Board - 23 x 9 x 2.5cm, weight - 240g
Board - 9.1x3.5x1 inch, weight - 8oz
Pyramidal binary die (extra die for Replica Royal game of Ur product code 00K275 only)
Some versions of the rules for the Royal game of Ur feature 4 dice but only 3 dice come by default with the Replica Royal game of Ur (product code 00K275). This is an extra die for those who wish to play with rules for 4 dice.