Traditional Board Games

Royal Game of Ur / Egyptian Senet: Two Ancient Middle Eastern Board Games in one set; Decorative Box & Pieces, Handcrafted and Customizable


$310.00

  • Details
    Own a piece of gaming history with this stunning and elegant game set, featuring the Mesopotamian Royal Game of Ur and ancient Egyptian Senet. Featuring stylized thematic artwork from both cultures, and designed to resemble an ancient sarcophagus, this game set is sure to be not only a beautiful decorative piece, but a great pastime as well. This handcrafted wooden set of racing games can be 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.

    • MADE TO ORDER
    • HANDCRAFTED with pyrographed artwork & stained accents
    • LEAD TIME: 3-4 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)
    • FREE SHIPPING for domestic U.S. orders
    • WOOD TYPES AVAILABLE: Cherry, Maple (wood is finished with a satin lacquer)
    • ARTWORK AVAILABLE: As depicted in Photos (variances in final motif will naturally occur). Custom artwork requests always welcome!
    • MEASUREMENTS: 12x6x3 inches [LxWxH] (completed/assembled product)
    • PLAYING PIECES/PAWNS: 16 pawns (Senet), 16 checkers (Ur),4 casting sticks, 4 pyramidal dice (all pieces stored in box/stand)
    • ADDITIONAL INFO: Inside of box is felted; board magnetizes to the box/stand.
    • HOW TO PLAY:
    o A game of Senet begins with 5 pieces or pawns from each player being placed alternating on squares 1-10 of the board (these squares are furthest from the marked 'reward' squares). Casting sticks, colored on one side and plain on the other, are used to determine movement; moving from square 10 to square 11 and onward in a zig-zag pattern along the remainder of the game grid, always crossing onto the next row at the ends. Landing on a square containing an opponent's piece is considered an attack, and the pieces are exchanged. There are squares that are considered safe for any piece residing on them, as well as a space that is considered a trap. Three or more pawns in a line is considered a blockade, and no opponent piece may pass. Pieces landing on the last square (30) remain until the start of that player's next turn; if that player has no pieces on the starting line (1-10), then at that time, the piece can be removed. The object is to move all five pieces off the board in this way before your opponent.
    o The Game of Ur is played using two sets of seven game pieces. The game board is composed of two rectangular sets of boxes, one containing three rows of four boxes each and the other containing three rows of two boxes each, joined together by a narrow bridge of two boxes. The game play involves elements of both luck and strategy. The object of the game is for a player to move all seven of their pieces along the course and off the board before their opponent. There can never be more than one piece on a single square at any given time, so having too many pieces on the board at once can impede a player's mobility. Movements are determined by rolling a set of pyramidal dice; other versions use binary-colored casting sticks. The number of marked or colored ends facing upwards after a roll or throw indicates how many spaces a player may move during that turn. In order to 'escape' the board, a perfect throw, relative to the moving piece's position, is necessary.
    • A rules pamphlet with rules for both games is included with the game.

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  • Shipping & Policies

    Shipping from United States

    Processing time

    3-4 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

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    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.

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    Wholesale availability

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    Custom and personalized orders

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    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!