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Tabula Essentials:

  • No. of players: 2
  • Playing time: 15 minutes
  • Age: 10 +

Tabula - Rules of Play says:

This ancient ancestor of backgammon is a fast moving and strategic game for two players. Comprising a leather board, wooden counters, and three wooden dice. Tabula is the name the Romans gave to both a game board and a range of games - the very earliest ancestors of backgammon. When the Emperor Zeno played one of these games in AD 480 he threw dice which gave him such a score that he believed he could not possibly win. He was so upset that he put stylus to wax tablet to record the event. The game has been reconstructed from his writings.