How to Play
Senet is a race game. To begin, click on a the throwing sticks. You can then move one of your pieces (the cones) by the number of
squares shown by the sticks by clicking on that piece.
- You cannot have more than one piece on a square but if you land on your opponent's piece you knock it off the board.
- You move according to the number of white sticks but 1 gives you an extra throw and all black sticks gives you 5 squares move!
- If your piece is knocked off, you can put it back on the board by clicking on it after your throw.
- If you land on the House of the Waters square you are sent back to the House of Rebirth square,
- You cannot be knocked off the last four picture squares.
- To jump off the board at the end, you need exactly the right number from throwing the sticks.
- The player who is first to move all their pieces into the box wins.
Playing with more pieces makes the game longer but allows for more skill in tactics, knocking off your opponent's pieces
and moving to keep ahead of them. Your last piece is always vulnerable to landing on the House of the Waters square and being sent back.
This game was very popular with the Egyptians at the time of the pharoahs and many playing boards, pieces and sticks have been
discovered in tombs. Curiously the gameplay has not been formally written down so it has had to deduced from other Egyptian sources.
What this means in practice is that rules are flexible. Those used here seem practical and give an entertaining, reasonably paced game.