Traditional Board Games

Dama Game: Turkish Draughts, Checkers variant; Handcrafted Traditional Wooden Board Game & Pieces, w/ Woodburned Art Border - MADE TO ORDER


  • Details
    Dama (also known as Turkish Draughts) is a variant of draughts (checkers) played in Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and several other locations around the Mediterranean Sea. It is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as traditional board gamers from around the world have begun playing this centuries-old game. Since 2014, World Championships have taken place annually, with the first women's Turkish Draughts World Championships taking place in Izmir, 2016. This handcrafted wooden game is both intriguing and challenging, and will make an excellent addition to an avid gamer's collection as well as a great way to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. The board can feature a historically and/or culturally-inspired motif and is created as a functional piece of art, sure to bring enjoyment to many generations.

    This game is MADE TO ORDER, with a production time of 2-3 weeks - the pictures presented are of previously completed orders and are for example only. Your board shall be created to your specifications and/or requests.

    *Charts for ARTWORK SELECTION and WOOD / EDGE TYPE are located in the photos. Artwork, wood, and edge types are not restricted to those offered for any particular "MADE-TO-ORDER" item. Artwork options vary from item to item within the IGNITED shop, and are interchangeable in most cases; please message me with your specific request(s). Customer-supplied artwork is always welcomed! An online library of high resolution artwork selection charts for this listing as well as others in the shop can be found here:

    • Dama game board constructed of ¾- inch thick hardwood (either Cherry, Mahogany, Maple, or Walnut); handcrafted and decorated with your choice of art and edge style. Only the finest selection of hardwood is used for a beautiful and enduring board that will provide years of gameplay. Wood color is attained by the character of the wood itself after applying a natural oil. No pigmented stains are used for the board finishes, though color enhancements are available through Upgrades (see below).
    • All artwork is achieved through the use of pyrography (the art of wood-burning by hand). A satin lacquer is applied last to protect the board surface and seal in the carbonized artwork details.
    • Artwork available varies from historical to modern historically-inspired designs. Custom art requests and submissions are always welcome!
    • The board has a 8x8 square shaped playing grid with 32 squares (16 each player) inlaid with a stained or natural wood to match the corresponding playing pieces. The playing grid measures 8 inches across, with a 2-inch artistic border surrounding the grid, for a total board size of 11 inches square.
    • Playing pieces (32 total) are included. Made in-house with a powerful laser engraving machine, each checker is 15/16-inch in diameter, with one side marked to denote a "dama" (King) piece. A drawstring bag is included for storage of the pieces.
    • Further customization can be done by specific request; please contact me so that we may discuss the details.

    - Color Enhancement Upgrade:

    • Draughts (British English) or Checkers (American English) is a group of strategy board games for two players which involve diagonal moves of uniform game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces. Draughts was developed from Alquerque, or Quirkat. The name derives from the verb 'to draw' or 'to move'. The most popular forms are English draughts, also called American checkers, played on an 8×8 checkerboard; Russian draughts, also played on an 8×8, and international draughts, played on a 10×10 board. There are many other variants played on 8×8 boards, including Turkish draughts, also known as Dama. Dama is played in Turkey, Kuwait, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Greece, and several other locations in the Middle East, as well as some locations in Russia. There are several variants in these countries, with the Armenian variant (called Tama) allowing also forward-diagonal movement of pawns. The exact origin of Turkish draughts is unknown, though some scholars contend that the game may have been adopted and modified by the Turks during the ninth-tenth century Holy Wars.
    • On an 8×8 board, 16 pawns (checkers) are lined up on each side, in two rows. The back rows are vacant. A traditional Turkish draughts gameboard is mono-colored, having no alternating 'checkerboard' colors. White moves first. Pawns/Checkers move orthogonally forwards or sideways one square, capturing by means of a jump; they cannot move or capture backwards or diagonally. When a pawn reaches the back row of his opponent's side of the board, it promotes to a king. (Typically, the reverse side of the checker/pawn is decorated with a symbol to signify this). Kings can move any number of empty squares orthogonally forwards, backwards or sideways. A king captures by jumping over a single piece any number of empty squares away, landing on any open square beyond the captured piece along a straight line.
    Pieces are removed from the board immediately after being jumped. If a jump is available it must be taken. If there is more than one way to jump, the one capturing the most number of pieces must be taken. There is no distinction between king and pawn during captures; each counts as a piece. If there is more than one way to capture the maximum number of pieces, the player may choose. Within a multi-capture, turning 180 degrees between two captures is not allowed. A pawn that promotes to king by jumping continues to jump (if possible) as part of the same move.
    A player wins if the opponent has no legal move, either because all his pieces are captured or he is completely blocked. A king versus single man also wins the game.
    • More modern rules expand the method of play further and bring an extra level of challenge to the game.
    • A rules pamphlet with both the historical and modern rules variants is included with the game.

    You can keep up-to-date on events and projects in the works on:
  • Shipping & Policies

    Shipping from United States

    Processing time

    2-3 weeks

    Estimated shipping times

    • North America : 3 - 5 business days

    I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

    Customs and import taxes

    Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

    Payment Options

    Secure options
    • Accepts Etsy gift cards

    Returns & Exchanges

    I gladly accept returns and exchanges

    Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery

    Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery

    I don't accept cancellations

    But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

    The following items can't be returned or exchanged

    Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

    • Custom or personalized orders
    • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
    • Digital downloads
    • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
    • Items on sale

    Conditions of return

    Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Wholesale availability

    Due to the nature of the majority of my work, and the typical amount of business that comes through my shop, wholesale items are not available.

    Custom and personalized orders

    Please contact me before placing an order should you desire customizations not outlined or offered in any particular listing.

    Holiday ordering

    During the Christmas holiday season, I can quickly become VERY busy; typically putting in 12 hour days in order to make holiday shipping deadlines.
    Please plan ahead - I begin taking Christmas orders in late August, but due to workload, I will close the shop to further made-to-order requests the first week of December. Ready to ship items remain listed and ship as stated in their listing.

    Shipping times

    In the case of any custom or Made To Order item, I try very hard to meet the listed production/ship time for the listed item. However, I am a one-man shop, and the handcrafted nature of the work, particularly during busy periods, can cause delays. If you require your item by a specific date, please inquire first. I do not rush the work, as I want each piece to be exceptional and worthy to the person purchasing it. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and of course, your patronage!