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Evidence for Los Doze Canes

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Id DLP.Evidence.1464
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. Two dice. Each player enters their pieces into their home section of the board (to the left of one player, to the right of the other player, and move pieces along a horseshoe-shaped track around the board toward the other player's home space. At the beginning of play, the first player will choose one quadrant of the board, and the goal of the game will be for one player to move two of their pieces onto all six places in that quadrant. When a piece lands on a space occupied by a single piece of the opponent, the opponent's piece is removed from the board, and must be reentered.
Content "This game they call the doze canes or doze hermanos (twelve dogs or twelve brothers). The second game is that the pieces are doubled up on the points and they call it twelve brothers or twelve dogs. And this is because it is played with twelve pieces so that they may be arranged doubled up two by two on the six-points in one of the tables of the board, chosen by the one who is to play first. And the one who can place his pairs the fastest, of the two players, will win because the other will not be able to capture one of his pieces once the point is doubled up. But each one of those that would play should hold their pieces in their hand or on the board apart from the points on which they are to play and they should not place them until the roll of the dice comes for them to be placed. And this is the play of this game." Golladay translation of Alfonso X's Libro de los Juegos 73-74. Illustration depicts two children playing the game, and two dice on the table.
Confidence 100
Ages Child
Social status Elite, Nobility
Source Golladay, S. M. n.d. Alfonso X’s Book of Games. Translated by Sonja Musser Golladay.

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