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The Royal Game of Ur is an ancient race game where the player must be the first to exit his tokens from the board.
This cartridge features:

  • 6 different AIs which are unlocked as the player wins games
  • 3 different rulesets and the ability to create your own custom ruleset

At the start of the cartridge, the main menu has 4 entries (left-right to cycle the entries):

  • new game: play a game by selecting a ruleset, an AI level and by defining who plays first
  • rules description: explain briefly each of the ruleset (top menu for the ruleset, bottom menu for each rule information)
  • edit custom rule: define your own ruleset
  • reset game: reset all game progressions and custom ruleset to factory settings. IMPORTANT WARNING: it doesn't request for confirmation once selected by X.

The rulesets are:

  • basic: simple race game which can be played against the first 2 AI levels
  • intermediate: simple race game with simple betting which can be played against the first 4 AI level. Winning against the AI player unlocks further AI players
  • advanced: complex race game with complex betting which can be played against the last 4 AI levels
  • custom: user defined ruleset with its own game progression. The player must win against the lower AI players to unlock the next ones.

Designer notes:

I have been inspired by the essay and videos of Mr Irving L. Finkel regarding the royal game of Ur. I wanted the player to play this ancient boardgame versus Assyrians and feel a distant connection to this long past era.
The game does not have any music since I did not have the time to compose one. However, if enough players request for it, i will try to add an assyrian one.

Enjoy. May Pazuzu be with you !

PS: the cartridge illustration is a bas-relief sculpture of the benevolent assyrian god Pazuzu. This bas-relief can be seen at the British Museum.

P#81724 2020-09-11 19:48 ( Edited 2021-04-25 16:31)

Interesting game! I'd heard of The Royal Game of Ur, but none of the betting rules you incorporated - made for a weird challenge!

It's a little frustrating that beating the Scribe doesn't unlock the General, though - I skipped over the Guard because I've played the game enough not to need that challenge, but it sounds like I have to play against them after all.

The art is quite nice, though - I like their little faces - and like I said, the betting rules were interesting and new.

P#81743 2020-09-12 16:30

This is so cool! Well implemented and beautifully illustrated. I love the opponent characters!

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P#103527 2021-12-25 16:38

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