How To Play Senet

What is Senet?

Senet was the most popular indoor game for ancient Egyptians. Simple boards may be found on the pavement by tourists, but more elegant ones were used for wealthy people like Tut. The checkered board was known as 'perw'(houses) of three rows of 10 squares. Pieces of the opposing sides were distinguished by shape, colour or size. Senet, which means passing, became so popular it took on religious significance.


How to play

Each opponent usually had seven pieces.Moves were determined by throwing sticks, or astragals (knuckle-bones). The object was to move the pieces around a snaking track to the finish, landing on a number of specially marked squares representing good or bad fortune.