hist-games: Duodecim scripta

reid robert reidrobert7 at yahoo.fr
Wed Aug 20 08:29:55 PDT 2008

Dear All,
Historians of board games tell us that the game of alea was essentially a contraction of duodecim scripta – from 36 to 24 points – and it is to this that we owe the modern tables board.  However, the points in duodecim scripta lacked extension; unlike tables, it does not look as though the game was meant to accommodate piled pieces. One wonders whether those few table games which prohibit piling (if only partially – Emperador and its descendants) derive this from duodecim scripta.  Is anything known of its method of play?

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