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Board games are more than just fun – they create an opportunity for families and friends to build and strengthen relationships. In a society where people spend a lot of time on their telephones and computers, board games bring people together worldwide.
Senet is a board game originating from Egypt. It is said to be one of the earliest board games, if not the earliest in history. It is based on the journey a soul makes after death. But was it really a board game when it was created? Researchers think that ancient Egyptians used Senet to communicate with the dead, and not to pass a fun evening with friends.
Go comes from China, and is the oldest board game that has been played continuously through history. While Senet is older, Go is much more popular. This game is about gaining territory, and it is also popular in Korea and Japan.
This game comes from France, and the aim is to conquer the world. Can you guess the name? That’s right – Risk! It was created in 1957 under the name of La Conquête du Monde. While it is also about getting as much land as possible like Go, Risk is also about watching your own back as friends and family can betray you to get what they want…
Let’s take a trip to East Africa and have a look at a game played by two people with seeds and stones. Bao la Kiswahili is complex. Players play on a board with four rows of eight pits and 32 seeds. A player wins when their opponent has no more seeds and cannot play anymore. Games of this type are played all over Africa, with subtle variations to the rules.
People in India know all about Pachisi which originated in the Iron Age! It’s so popular that it is thought to be the national game of India. Pachisi means ‘25’ in Hindi because it is the highest number a player can throw to move around the board. The aim of the game is to move your pieces from the middle of the board, around the perimeter and back to the middle. You may recognise it as the game called Parcheesi in the rest of the world today.
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to strengthen = fortifier
it is said = il est admis que
soul = l’âme
to gain = acquérir
land = territoire
to watch your own back = surveiller ses arrières
to betray = trahir
seeds = des graines
rows = des rangées de
pits = des trous