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Evidence for Doblet

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Id DLP.Evidence.1463
Type Rules text
Location Alfonso X
Date 1283-01-01 - 1283-12-31
Rules 2x12 board, divided in half. Spaces on each side take the form of semi-circular sockets, into which the pieces fit. Twelve pieces per player. Pieces begin on one half of a player's side of the board (the half to the left of one player, and to the right of the other player), two per space, stacked on top of one another. Three dice. To begin, a player must first unstack their pieces, by rolling the number of the space on which the stack is located, and thus removing the stack, but keeping the piece on the same space. ONce complete, pieces move in a track the long way around the board toward the portion where the opponent begins. No more than two pieces can occupy a space at a time. When a piece lands on a space occupied by a single piece of the opponent, the opponent's piece is removed from the board. Players attempt to bear off their pieces by rolling the exact number of spaces left on the board, plus one. When unstacking the pieces in the beginning or when bearing off at the end, if the player cannot play their roll but the opponent is able, the opponent may use the roll. The first player to bear off all of their pieces wins.
Content "This game they call doblet. And there is another game of tables that they call doblet which is played in this way. Each one of the players should have twelve pieces and put them doubled up, one on top of another, each one in his table of the board that is to be the one across from the other on the same side of the bar. The one who wins the battle will roll first.And they should unstack those twelve pieces that are on top of the others by the numbers of the pips of the dice. And also they should bear off and the one who bears off first will win the game. And if by chance either one of the players should make a roll that he does not have the pieces to play, either to unstack them or bear them off, the other player should do it. And in this way it happens many times that one player will win by the numbers that the other will roll. And this is the explanation of this game and this is the diagram of its arrangement." Golladay's translation of Alfonso X's Libro de los Juegos f.74, with picture showing two men playing, having just removed one of the pieces from its stack with three dice on the board.
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Social status Elite, Nobility
Genders Male
Source Golladay, S. M. n.d. Alfonso X’s Book of Games. Translated by Sonja Musser Golladay.

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