A traditional wooden board game of Roman origin with wood-burned, historically inspired art. Ancient Rome was known for it's advancements in architecture, government, and art, to name a few; they also adopted or created many great games to pass the time. Completely handcrafted, this modern interpretation of the ancient game of Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum, or Duodecim Scripta, is created from quality hardwood. A fast paced racing game involving opponent player captures and dice rolls to dictate movement, this game will bring many hours of enjoyment to the avid traditional board gamer as well as enthusiasts of Roman history. A functional piece of art that will stand the test of time as surely as the ancient game has endured over the centuries.
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• HANDCRAFTED with pyrographed artwork
• LEAD TIME: 2 weeks (from time of purchase to shipping day; timeframes can be affected by workload, holidays, etc. – please inquire if a specific due date is needed)
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• Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum board constructed of 1/2" thick hardwood (your choice of cherry or maple); with a decorative burnt edge (edge style will vary from board to board). The board measures approximately 16 x 6 inches total in size, and can be ordered as a single piece game-board, or as a halved (or 'split') version. In the case of the latter, magnets are installed into the halves of the board along their meeting edges, as well as in each corner of the board underside; leather is then attached to the board bottoms. The edge magnets hold the board together during game play, and the bottom-mounted magnets hold the halves together for transport, making for a very portable and compact version of this classic, rustic game.
• All artwork achieved through the use of pyrography, the art of wood-burning. Three designs are available, representing three classes of Roman society: Centurion, Citizen, and Senator. Each social class will have it's own definable artwork - Centurion will feature implements of war (shields, helms, and the very recognizable gladius sword); Citizen will feature examples of architecture and art (column scrollwork, pottery decorations, and building silhouettes); and Senator will feature aspects or personas of ancient Roman government (scrolls, busts of famous individuals, ornate lecterns, etc.) Additionally, a Greco-Roman styled border encompasses the playing tracks, and the Latin words "coepto" and "ultimo" ("begin" and "finish") are burned into the appropriate areas on the track. The board is finished with a natural, non-pigmented stain, and a satin lacquer is applied to protect the artwork and wood.
• Playing pieces are included in the form of stack-able, wooden 'checker-type' pieces and handmade wooden dice for movement, both created from maple. A drawstring bag is supplied for storage of the pieces, and a rules pamphlet is also included.
HOW TO PLAY:
• The game is played by two players on a board of three tracks of twelve spaces each. All pieces start off the board. Players decide who goes first by lot or by agreement.
A player rolls all 3 dice simultaneously. Each die shows the number of cells to move by, either for three different pieces, one from each die, or for one or two pieces in sequence.
For each number rolled the player can choose to do one of the following; enter a new piece onto the board, based on the number rolled on one die, or move a piece that is already on the board by the number of points on one die. If all of a player’s pieces are in the last six exit cells, they can move a piece off the board by moving it the exact number of spaces needed to remove it off the board. If a piece is knocked off the board by the opponent, then it must be re-entered onto an entry or starting cell, based on the number rolled on one of the dice. Pieces of the same color can be stacked on top of each other to an unlimited height; if two or more pieces are stacked on top each other, they are safe. The opponent’s pieces may not land on that cell. If the player’s piece lands onto a cell with only one opponent’s piece in it, the opponent’s piece gets knocked off the board and must be reentered back from the beginning on the opponent’s next turn, before any other piece is moved. The player who moves all fifteen of their pieces off the board first wins the game.
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