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The Royal Game of Ur

The Royal Game of Ur

I love history. I love board games. So I was intrigued when I saw this video from The British Museum about the national board game of ancient Mesopotamia, the Royal Game of Ur. In it, Dr. Irving Finkel (noted philologist, Assyriologist, and the discoverer of the rules) takes on Tom Scott in the ancient race game.

If you’re interested in learning how Dr. Finkel discovered the rules. Make sure to check out this Curator’s Corner video where he goes into detail.

Lovat: The Board Game

Lovat: The GameThere has been a recent resurgence in interest in board games among myself and my friends. I’m not talking about the boring simple board games that I lothed to play as a kid. Now we’re all drawn to much more complex games with deep strategic elements.

Imagine my surprise when for Christmas my good friends Steve and Sarah designed and built an incredible and enormous board game based on The Stars Were Right. Yep, an awesome game based on my book! I was (and still am) stunned. Here’s what Lovat: The Board Game looks like:

Lovat: The Game
Lovat: The Board Game (Photo by @Haloform. Table by Steve at Ruby Pear.)

As you play you build the city of Lovat, moving around your pawn (based on the races from the book) and try to nab bits of treasure from the various neighborhoods before other players can get to it. The higher up you go the more power you wield and the more power you wield the more you’re able to build and move. There’s a ton of strategy too it: do you go tall and ignore the bonus treasure, or do you move quickly and try to capture as many bonuses as you can before the game ends? It makes for some interesting and really fun gameplay.

Lovat: The Board Game
Sarah plotting her sneak attack win. (Photo by @Steveler)

Steve and Sarah put so much work into the creation of the game, between the crafting, the play testing, the custom woodwork, all of it. I’m flattered they would go to all this trouble, and I’m a little overwhelmed that my book inspired two of the most awesome people ever to make me something so great. Thanks you two, you’re the best.

Now I want to convince them to Kickstart this so everyone can play it.

(Oh, and my awesome table in the first picture. Yeah, Steve made that as well. He’s an amazing woodworker and if you’re looking for some custom furniture I highly recommend him. Check out RubyPear.com to see more of his work.)