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Game of the Goose (Giuoco dell'Oca, Juego de la Oca, Jeu de l'Oie, Ganzenspel, Gänsespiel, Gaasespil)






The Game of the Goose is a simple race game, but was one of the most popular games in early modern Europe. It is one of the earliest printed games, which likely led to its popularity.


Players move according to the roll of dice. On certain spaces players may lose a turn, move backwards, roll again, move ahead, or move doubly. The first person to reach the final space wins.



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Game of the Goose.lud


Murray 1951: 142–143

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Murray, H.J.R. 1951 A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Seville, A. 2019. The Cultural Legacy of the Royal Game of the Goose: 400 years of Printed Board Games. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Statuta Argentae e veteri manuscripto codie nunc primum edita.1781. Ferrare: Typografia Camerali.

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