Senet-Ra

 



 

Introduction

Senet is an ancient Egyptian board game that was enjoyed by Tut and Nefertiti. While the exact rules are lost to history, Timothy Kendall and RC Bell have both proposed rule sets based on the limited information and surviving boards. The rules that I have proposed here are a mix of those with a few twists.

 



 

Senet-Ra Dice

add 1d6 and 1d8Result
2-35
4-61
7-92
10-123
13-144

 



 

Senet-Ra Board

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Senet-Ra Rules

1. At the start of the game, each player has 5 playing pieces, each player having a different color. None of the pieces start on the board.

2. Each player rolls 1d6 + 1d8 (rerolling in the event of a tie) with the player who rolls highest taking the first turn, with turns alternating thereafter.

3. On their turn, the player rolls 1d6 + 1d8 and consults the result table. Using the result, the player may either place a piece on the board, or move a piece that is already on the board.
        When placing a piece on the board, it is placed on the square that corresponds to the result.
        When moving a piece, it must be moved exactly the number of squares indicated by the result.
        If placement or movement of a piece would result in it ending up in the same square as another piece (your own piece or your opponent's piece), the piece already occupying the square is moved back one square. The displaced piece could in turn displace another piece.

4. Special Rules for certain squares:
        [1] If a piece is displaced from this square, it is removed from the board and must then be placed back on the board as normal.
        [1] to [5] These are the squares where piece enter the board.
        [15] Pieces which land on square [27] are moved to this square. If a piece is displaced from this square, it is removed from the board and must then be placed back on the board as normal.
        [26] Each piece must stop on this square and must land here on an exact count. The player whose piece landed here immediately gets another turn. From this square, a result of 5 will successfully remove this piece from the board and score a point.
        [27] When a piece lands on this square by an exact count, it is immediately displaced to square [15].
        [28] From this square, a result of 3 will successfully remove this piece from the board and score a point.
        [29] From this square, a result of 2 will successfully remove this piece from the board and score a point.
        [30] From this square, a result of 1 will successfully remove this piece from the board and score a point.

5. The first player to successfully move all 5 of their pieces though the board (scoring 5 points) wins the game.