More Ancient Egypt Fun!

Senet:  the oldest known board game!

The oldest board game in the world is Senet appeared in ancient Egypt in 3300 b.C.
Senet was very popular in the land of Pharaohs, especially among nobles and rich people, like this unique exemplar of this mysterious board game, inscribed with name of Pharaoh AmunhotepIII, is well preserved at the New York Brooklyn Museum.

To play Senet you need:

  • 2 players
  • A Senet board
  • 10 playing pieces of 5 spools and 5 cones
  • 4 counting sticks- plain on one side decorated on the other

Senet Rules of Play:

1.  The sticks are thrown, and the number of sticks facing up tells you how many spaces to move ahead. If all the pieces have the “marked” side up it’s a five. Every marked side that shows, it’s a high number you move.

2. Pieces are moved around the board starting on the top row. You move around the board in an “S” pattern.

3. If you throw a one, four, or five, you get an extra turn. Throw the sticks again.

4. You can’t land on one of your own pieces.

5. If you land on the other player’s piece, you switch places with them. However, you can’t switch with them if they have two or more pieces in a row.

6. If the other player has three or more pieces in a row, you can’t pass them

7. Some squares are “safe” squares and some are “danger” squares.

  • You can not swap with your opponent if they are on a “safe” square.
  • If you land on the “House of Water” square, you must move back to the “Square of Rebirth”.

8. The first player to get all of their pieces off the board wins the game. ENJOY!!!

9. It’s not very complicated. It’s just like the game “Lodo” which is played by some countries in Asia like Pakistan. In America, it’s called trouble. It’s originally played by a dice in a cup and it looks different, too. Look it up online.

Printable board:

Play Senet online at home:

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