The Royal Game of Ur - Minimalist Design

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Introduction: The Royal Game of Ur - Minimalist Design

A few weeks ago I wanted to make something out of wood, preferably a board game. While searching for suggestions, I came across a video of the British Museum about the game "The Royal Game of Ur" and was immediately impressed. The game was quite easy to learn and seemed to be a lot of fun for the players. When I found out that the corresponding boards were discovered during excavations in the 1920s and dated to around 2600 BC, I had found my new project. Which I then successfully completed. :)

Since I wanted to build a second one anyway, I thought it would be great to document this ...

Step 1: Finish!

As you can see, in the first version, I made decorative lines on the sides and used a sharp blade to burn the squares. The fabric came from a torn carrying bag.

Rules!

The game can be played in different ways. The most common is probably that of the above linked video. An overview can be found at Mastersofgames.com.

I hope the tutorial was interesting and may have even animated someone to rebuild it. :)

Regards,

Tim Schabe @Schabenstolz

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6 Comments

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meddler
meddler

1 year ago on Step 1

I made a Ur game on a left over piece of canvass. Made the pieces out of foam sheet.

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jeanniel1
jeanniel1

2 years ago

The bag is a great idea! I worry when I have missing game pieces. How about making the bag bigger and have the game fit inside, too?

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

3 years ago

I love this version! Woodburning makes everything look nicer :D

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Kink Jarfold
Kink Jarfold

3 years ago on Step 1

I, too, saw RobhJoh's Instructable and you certainly did a great job capturing the essence of the game. KJ

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Schabenstolz
Schabenstolz

Reply 3 years ago

Yeah, it was not my intention to copycat someones Instructable. At first i was a little worried about that. But now I think it's different enough to have a reason to exist. Thank you very much for your comment. :)

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Kink Jarfold
Kink Jarfold

Reply 3 years ago

I don't think it matters if someone else has the same type of Instructable as you. I made a spindle sander for my drill press and got tons of response then found out there were also tons of better ones out there without the inherent problems mine had. Needless to say, I don't use my drill press as a spindle sander. I'm going to post a UR game, too. Let's see what happens with mine.

KJ