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Researchers Are Trying to Figure Out How to Play This Ancient Roman Board Game

I think this community might be able to come up with something before there so called "experts" and their "very complicated process."
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Backgammon?

Edit: To clarify, I was definitely joking, but now that I see Go mentioned I'm seeing a full grid instead of two pairs of rows and it is strikingly similar.
 
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How is the visual similarity to Go not mentioned in the article?
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lastalchemist wrote:

I think this community might be able to come up with something before there so called "experts" and their "very complicated process."


Oh, I'm sure they'd come up with something. I'm not convinced it would pass peer review though.
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How is the visual similarity to Go not mentioned in the article?


I was a Classical Civilization major in college, and my first thought was, "Cool, Go made it to Europe a pretty long time ago."
 
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Looks like a Latrunculorum variant, sure, but no ancient rules have survived(?). No doubt there were plenty of variations over time and place to boot. For instance, that board is 16x? ... that's pretty unusual in itself based on my readings.

Also, the set of bits seems incomplete

Have they checked the back of the board? Inside the box lid? I hear sometimes rules are inscribed there.
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Why not just go to the BGG files page and look up the rules there?
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Looks like Go to me as well. Along with Silk came Go to Rome, I'm betting. The only thing that would make me think otherwise it the corners of the grid aren't set up to place stone on vertices.
 
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This quote was amusing.

“....reconstructing the playing technique is a very complicated process that only top experts can solve,” said the deputy of director of the Archaeological Institute in Nitra, Karol Pieta.

I repeat.

Top. Men.
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MWChapel wrote:
Looks like Go to me as well. Along with Silk came Go to Rome, I'm betting.


I would bet not. There's no evidence Go made it to Korea before the 5th century CE, and Korea is a lot closer to China.

It's much more likely to be a Latrunculorum game as JPotter suggests.
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lastalchemist wrote:
I think this community might be able to come up with something before there so called "experts" and their "very complicated process."


this community wrote:
It is Go!


So much for this community beating the experts... shake


(Next up: Researchers are creating AI software called AlphaZero to play Go and Chess and Shogi well. I think BGG users might be able to come up with something better than those so-called "experts"!)
 
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