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The gods alone
live forever under
the divine sun;
but as for mankind,
their days are
activities will be nothing but wind.
The Royal Game of Ur for Windows
It begins with a scream and weapons fire, but it is a very
gentle, lovely story and game. A glitch in the 'ears' of your
remote listening post equipment has forced you out alone on watch
at the front edge of the Allied Desert Storm thrust deep into
Iraqi territory. Unexpectedly (to say the least!) out of the
luminescent hell of FAE (Fuel Air Explosives) walks your Great,
Great, Great, Great, Great, Great . . . (Well you get the idea) .
. . grandfather on his way from Eridu to Ur. For you it is 1991,
for him it is 2200 B.C., and as each of you tries to convince the
other that you are from the present and the other is from the
past, you play your grandfather's game -- for he is an expert
craftsman of Ur.
'The Royal Game of Ur' is the most ancient board game known
-- predating even Egyptian Senet by about 300 years. It appears
to have been very popular among the Sumerian rulers and to have
spread from Sumer to sites all over the ancient world from India
to the Mediterranean. The ancient Egyptian game '20-Squares'
(dating from about 1800 BC), for instance, is very likely a
version of this game.
'The Royal Game of Ur' is of course not the game's real
name -- Its actual name is lost in antiquity, but because of the
examples of it found in the royal cemetery of Ur, the game soon
came to be called 'The Royal Game of Ur' among archaeologists.
The game is played with fourteen markers -- seven to a
side -- with two sets, one for each player, of three curious
pyramidal dice. The boards the markers move on are variously made
but all share distinct rosette markings on strategic squares.
'The Royal Game of Ur' was played in ancient Sumer and
Mesopotamia since before at least 2500 BC. Now it is here again
in the present, re-created through the magic of electrons and
phosphorus, for you to play. Welcome to a game of the ancient
Sumerians -- Noah, Sargon, Shulgi, Abraham, and now you!
Download it right from here (ur.zip -- 725
Interested in just the rules and history of the game?
Then download just the Windows Help file if
Note: This program requires VBRUN300.DLL to
exist on your system.
Interested in the ancient
Near East? All known 'web' knowledge of
this region and time can be found at AZBU - A GUIDE TO RESOURCES FOR THE STUDY OF THE ANCIENT
NEAR EAST AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET.
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