The 5,000-year-old Royal Game of UR!

Nearly 100 years ago, a British archeologist uncovered four game boards in the digs at the ancient city of Ur. These remain the oldest such sets ever found, and for decades researchers speculated on how the game might have been played. A popular rule set was published around 1970 by game historian R.C. Bell which became the standard for the reconstructed game.

How To Play Grasshopper! – It’s about getting from here to there.

A little over 200 years ago, this little game began to catch on in the U.K. It was not a new concept, historically, but an extremely convenient adaptation of game pieces that nearly everyone – or at least every English pub – would have. It’s a predecessor of games like Halma and Chinese Checkers, and can still be found today under a host of different names.

Choko – Take the initiative in this game from the Gambia!

It looks like a simple place, jump, and capture game, doesn’t it? But the game Choko from the Republic of the Gambia in West Africa includes an interesting twist. In the drop phase (placement) you’ll encounter a rule called “Drop Initiative” that can give a player a great advantage early in the game. However, this advantage can be taken as easily as got!