Playing the Royal Game of Ur
Sadly at the time, I had to do some work – so it wasn’t until the next day that we sat down to play a game.
The board looks exactly like what we saw in the video with Irving Finkel and Tom Scott. Sadly though, this wasn’t the official British Musume version (which are no longer available), but worked just as well.
A view of the pieces and dice. An interesting thing: one side of each piece is blank, and the other has a series of dots. I always thought they were blank, but re-watching the video… they’re not.
There’s a rulebook that accompanied the set, but we decided to stick to the “basic” game and got our cues via the Finkel/Scott video.
One thing I’m realizing – I think I’d prefer a version without slats bordering each space. It helps contain the pieces, but prevents an easy movement from one space to the next.
I’m happy to report that the game is, as Irving Finkel described – where you never know who’s going to win until the very last minute.
At first I thought Liz had the win, but I got myself into a great spot with many of my pieces near the end. I sent Liz’s last remaining piece back to the start not once, but twice! And both times, she rolled her way back to the end, and finished before I could get all my pieces off the board.
There was some pretty great trash talking from Liz afterwards. But since this is my blog, I’m not going to recap her victory lap more than I have here. Looking forward to the rematch.
The Royal Game of Ur