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Senet : The Ancient Tomb Treasures

Senet : The Ancient Tomb Treasures

Spring 2008 Games
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Mazeology
Price: $19.99
Senet, a modern version of an ancient Egyptian game reportedly played as long ago as 3500 BC, is designed for two players, each of whom moves five game pieces in an s-shaped pattern around a 30-square grid. The object of the game is to be the first player to move all pieces off the board.

Players place five game pieces on the first row and roll a die to move forward. Even numbered rolls allow a player to roll again. If a player moves a game piece to a space occupied by the other player, they change places. Any player landing three game pieces in a row creates a block that neither player can pass. Players can create blocks or attack other game pieces, while avoiding the trap space. There is a reason that the Senet game has survived for thousands of years; it is simple in layout, easy to learn, fun to play, and it supplies just enough strategic challenge to satisfy most game players.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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