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Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur

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  1. skullkid2424
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    For those curious, BGG has a review that goes into the advanced rules. It sounds like there are other variations based on possible paths or other aspects of the game that could imply additional...

    For those curious, BGG has a review that goes into the advanced rules. It sounds like there are other variations based on possible paths or other aspects of the game that could imply additional rules (for example, the tokens have 5 dots on a single side, which points to a "there and back" path with the tokens getting a "crown" like checkers to indicate they are on the way back).

    The board and pieces are relatively simple and can be replicated at home easily with a piece of paper, a few coins, and some markers. And for those with a 3D printer, of course there is a nice model that folds up and holds the game pieces.

    5 votes
  2. CALICO
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    This could have equally fit within ~humanities, but I thought boardgames can't get much more classical than this and it might get some appreciation here. This video is focused more on gameplay...

    For International Tabletop Day 2017, British Museum curator Irving Finkel challenged YouTuber Tom Scott to a round of the oldest playable board game in the world – The Royal Game of Ur – a game Irving discovered and deciphered the rules to himself.

    Find out how Irving Finkel discovered and deciphered the rules to the Royal Game of Ur here.

    https://blog.britishmuseum.org/tom-scott-vs-dr-irving-finkel-the-royal-game-of-ur/

    This could have equally fit within ~humanities, but I thought boardgames can't get much more classical than this and it might get some appreciation here. This video is focused more on gameplay than anything else, but the bolded link within my quote goes deeper into the background if you're curious.

    4 votes
  3. knocklessmonster
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    I watched this a while ago, it was a fascinating video, and the game is surprisingly intense, even if you aren't playing a trash-talking wizard. I've been trying to get a decent set.

    I watched this a while ago, it was a fascinating video, and the game is surprisingly intense, even if you aren't playing a trash-talking wizard. I've been trying to get a decent set.

    4 votes
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    scrambo
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    My absolute favorite part of this video happens starting at 21:40. This Finkel guy has such a competitive yet hilarious personality, I love it.

    My absolute favorite part of this video happens starting at 21:40. This Finkel guy has such a competitive yet hilarious personality, I love it.

    2 votes
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      CALICO
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      He's positively charming. I like to watch/listen to lectures while I'm on the clock, and the other day the algorithm suggested Irving Finkel | The Ark Before Noah: A Great Adventure. I quite enjoy...

      He's positively charming.
      I like to watch/listen to lectures while I'm on the clock, and the other day the algorithm suggested Irving Finkel | The Ark Before Noah: A Great Adventure. I quite enjoy ancient history, but didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The man is a teacher, in the strongest sense of the word. He's engaging, and hilarious.

      2 votes
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        cfabbro
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        Related: https://tildes.net/~humanities/cr7/irving_finkel_the_ark_before_noah_a_great_adventure And now we have come full circle, since in that topic I mentioned this Royal Game of Ur video. :P...

        Related: https://tildes.net/~humanities/cr7/irving_finkel_the_ark_before_noah_a_great_adventure

        And now we have come full circle, since in that topic I mentioned this Royal Game of Ur video. :P

        p.s. As I also linked to in the previous topic... here is the documentary Finkel mentioned in this lecture, which you might find interesting as well (fast forwarded to the part with the actual Ark recreation): https://vimeo.com/106758421#t=40m35s

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        1. CALICO
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          Excellent! I'll be checking that out today.

          Excellent! I'll be checking that out today.

          1 vote