The Royal Game of Ur

The Royal Game of Ur is a board game that’s at least four and a half thousand years old, and was played in the Middle East by the Sumerians. The rules itself are fairly straightforward, and the gameplay results in some surprisingly exciting scenarios.

British Museum curator Irving Finkel invited YouTuber Tom Scott to learn about and play the game. And it’s an incredibly fun thing to watch the two of them (especially Finkel) banter about:

As a bonus, here’s another clip of Finkel, talking about how he always wanted to work at the British Museum… and amazingly, how he’s always been fascinated by this particular game.

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