Learn about the Royal Game of Ur

The Royal Game of Ur is one of the longest-living games in history, with evidence of it being enjoyed by people that lived over the course of many thousands of years. This affords the game a huge wealth of history to explore and discover, and in fact, you can experience this history yourself by playing the game!

You would think a game that has lasted millennia would be fun, and it is fun!-Irving Finkel
British Museum curator Irving Finkel.
British Museum curator Irving Finkel.

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A photo of a Royal Game of Ur board that was made using resin.

Rules of the Royal Game of Ur

The Royal Game of Ur is a two-player race game. Players take turns, roll their dice, and race to move all of their pieces around and off the board before their opponent. Read more...

A set of four tetrahedral dice

Dice of the Royal Game of Ur

Learn about the dice used in The Royal Game of Ur, the probability of your rolls, and strategy relating to them! Read more...

A set of four tetrahedral dice

Senet - The Ancient Egyptian Game

Senet is one of the oldest board games in the world, originating in ancient Egypt over 4500 years ago. Senet boards are often found with boards for the Royal Game of Ur on their other side. Read more...

Frequently Asked Questions 🤔

A compiled list of frequently asked questions about The Royal Game of Ur, and the answers from our community! Read more...

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The Royal Game of Ur by TradGames

The first civilisation in human history is thought to be that of Sumer located in Southern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). Boards found in the ancient Sumerian royal tombs at Ur (~2600BC) seem to be some sort of race game. Read more...

"On the Rules for the Royal Game of Ur" by Irving Finkel

This paper describes the deciphering of an ancient cuneiform tablet by Irving Finkel, which included details of the rules of the Royal Game of Ur. The paper was published in the book Ancient Board Games in Perspective in 2007. Read more...