Egyptian Senet

The ancient Egyptians were known to enjoy their board games, and Senet is believed to be one, if not the oldest of them all. Certainly one was discovered in the tomb of Queen Nefertari, the queen of Ramesses II and an image of a Senet board features in a painting of Hesy-Ra, who lived 2686-2613 BCE during the Third dynasty of Egypt, during the time of the Pharaoh Djoser. The Senet board has thirty squares in three rows of ten and the aim of the game is to remove all of your five pieces (pawns) off the board (in some versions up to ten pawns are used). Well, that's the assumption as no actual rules have ever been found!

SenetTo play in turn, each play throws four double sided sticks and for every stick that lands facing upwards you can make one move around the board. (There are four sticks, if, however none land facing upwards, you can make five moves.)

Each piece can then be moved to an empty square or a square occupied by an opponent piece. When the latter happens the two pieces switch positions. When two pieces of a player are adjacent to each other, those two pieces are safe and cannot be swapped by an opponent and when 3 pieces are adjacent to each other, the pieces of another player cannot pass through them.

The video of the rules of Senet perhaps makes this explanation easier. After you play this Egyptian Senet game why not check out and play our other African games or watch the video about how to play Senet ~ right.



 
 
 
 
 

Egyptian Senet

Egyptian Senet

Egyptian Senet

Egyptian Senet

 


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