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Ludus Anglicorum

Leaderboard

Period(s)

Medieval

Region(s)

Northern Europe

Categories

Board, Race, Escape.

Description

The Ludus Anglicorum was a European Table game played in medieval England. It was described in a fourteenth century manuscript describing other similar games.

Rules

2x12 board, divided in half. Spaces on each side take the form of points. Fifteen pieces per player. Three six-sided dice. Players move according to the number on each die by moving one piece the value on one die then another piece the value on the other die, or by moving one piece the value of one die and then the value of the other. One player begins with all of their pieces on the space furthest to the left on their side, the other with their pieces on the point directly opposite it. Pieces move in opposite directions around the board, toward the point where the opponent's pieces begin, and bearing off the board from there. A player cannot have two of their pieces on the same spot in the starting quadrant. When a piece lands on the same space as a single opponent's piece, the opponent's piece is sent back to where it began. The first person to bear off all their pieces wins.

Murray 1951: 124.

These rules were taken from the Ludus Anglicorum ruleset.

All Rulesets

Described rulesets
Ludus Anglicorum Standard rules for Ludus Anglicorum.
Throw of 6 Players always have a throw of 6.
Player's Choice The player can choose the value of their third throw.
Opponent's Choice The opponent chooses the value of the player's third throw.

Origin

England

Ludeme Description

Ludus Anglicorum.lud

Reference

Murray 1951: 124.

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Sources

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

Royal Mamuscript 13 A XVIII. British Library.

Identifiers

DLP.Game.957

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