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-2500
# of Players
2
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
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6 and up
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The Royal Game of Ur
Alternate Names
The Game of Twenty Squares
Il Gioco reale di Ur
Jeu Royal d'UR
Jogo Real de Ur
El Juego Real o el Ur
Das Königliche Spiel von "Ur"
Het Koningsspel van Ur
Het Koninklijke Spel van Ur
Det Kungliga Spelet fran Ur
Royal Game of UR
The Sumerian Game
UR
Ur Game
UR Royal Game of Sumer
UR Spiel
Ur-Spiel Das königliche Spiel aus Mesopotamien
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The game has been published under different names but it is a simple race game very much like Backgammon. This edition has a board that is a reproduction of the original found in the Mesopotamian city of Ur. Each player brings their 7 pieces in to play and takes them off of their outer track. Opposing pieces come into conflict on the inner track that they must travel on to the exit. If you land on a space occupied by a single opponent's piece you send it back to the start. If you land on a space occupied by 2 or more opponent's pieces then your piece goes back to the start.

The three dice give a marked or blank result. They are tetrahedral (four-sided) dice with three marked sides and one blank side. A throw of three marked sides means move 5 squares or enter 1 piece and throw again. Throwing three blank sides means move 4 squares and throw again. A throw of two marked and one blank side means move 1 square and throw again. Throwing two blank and one marked side means the turn ends.

There are three special types of space on the board. Landing on a Bonus Double space allows you to move your piece forward by the same amount that you moved there with. Landing on a Bonus Rosette square allows you to move one piece onto the board. Landing on a Penalty Eye square allows the opponent to move one of his pieces 4 spaces.

First to bear off all 7 of his pieces wins.

The game may be a relative of Senet and Aseb.

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PICO PAO edition
Publisher: PICO PAO / Juegos de la Antigüedad
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Year: 2014
Product Code: 53
Size: 9.25 x 3.74 x 0.98 inches
0.66 pounds
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Publisher: LuduScience
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Year: 2012
Size: 5.55 x 11.14 x 0.31 inches
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British Museum Edition
Publisher: The British Museum
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Year: 2002
Product Code: P76360
Size: 9.33 x 9.33 x 1.97 inches
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British Museum Edition Multilingual
Publisher: The British Museum
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Year: 1991
Product Code: G56910
Size: 12.99 x 5.59 x 2.76 inches
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Publisher: Northwest Corner, Inc.
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Year: 1987
Product Code: Item No. 103R
Size: 5.50 x 14.00 x 2.00 inches
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0 Rules to FoUr, a four player Ur variant
These are the rules to FoUr, a four player Ur variant.
English
2015-05-01
5 Instructions for Ur Game by Moon Rabbit Toys
A set of rules for Ur developed by Moon Rabbit Toys. English
English
2011-08-24
15 UR Board v1.pdf
A simplified version of the UR game board. Suitable for print and play, or mounting on wood, etc. Instructions included in pdf.
English
2009-05-16
21 The Royal Game of Ur
Royal Game of Ur, by Damian Walker. Traditional Board Game Series, Leaflet #35 (second edition).
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2009-04-21
1 Ancient Egyptian Games - Bibliography.pdf
Bibliography for the Aseb document et al.
2002-09-16
6 Aseb.pdf
Aseb, rules and history, in PDF
2002-09-16
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