Who moves first:
Senet is a game of ancient Egypt.
Each of the 2 players must move his pieces in an S-shaped pattern from the upper left to the lower right.
Senet uses sticks which have one dark side and one light side in order to determine the number a player can go. The light sides count up as numbers. However, if all sides are dark, it will count as a six.
A player can also move on a square occupied by the opponent. In this case the opponent's piece is removed from the board and must enter the board again.
It is not possible to bump a piece from a protected square.
These squares have also special names:
- square 15 (House of Rebirth), this is a protected square
- square 26 (House of Happiness), this is a protected square
- square 27 (House of Water), a piece landing here goes back
to square 15 and if occupied, goes back before the start
- square 28 (House of Three Truths), this is a protected square
- square 29 (House of Re-Atoum), this is a protected square
- square 30 (House of Horus), this is a protected square
The player wins, who gets first all of his pieces off the board.
The ancient Egyptians had great lives and although they built a magnificent civilization by hard work they never forgot leisure and recreation. The ancient Egyptians had games to play as adults and children. Mostly board games were available but also toys were made for the little children. The game of Senet was mostly played by adults. Senet was a popular Ancient Egyptian board game. It was played mainly by wealthy adults. The game symbolized the struggle of good against evil. The evil forces tried to stop you from reaching the Kingdom of the god Osiris. One of these games was found in the tomb of Hesy along with painting of it and how to play. The rules of this game were very complex. It consisted of a board with 30 holes, 3 rows and 10 columns. Most of the games used 7 pawns, sticks or knucklebones for each of the two players but some only had 5. During the New Kingdom, the game of Senet had acquired a religious and magical meaning which symbolized the passage of the deceased through the other world with his resurrection dependant upon his/her ability to win the game.