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The royal game of Ur

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The royal game of Ur by mowgly May 3, 2017

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Summary

The Royal Game Of Ur is one of the oldest games to be discovered. Predated only by the Egyptian game of Senet, the board found in 1920 is estimated to be about 5000 years old.
Ever since I found out about the existence of the game (3 days ago), I wanted to play it but unfortunately I couldn't find any vendor who sells it so I decided to make my own.

!Beware that I haven't yet printed it since I just finished designing it!

UPDATE
-I have added a new version of the board with smaller depth for the impressions (1mm) this should drastically cut the printing time while still giving you a nice piece overall.
-Tried printing the impressions and my Anet A8 managed to print them well at 0.2mm resolution.
-I have also made another version with a small drawer inside of it which will fit the dice and the pawns.
Print this version with light supports and then take them out at the end. This version has not yet been tested by me

You will need to print 4 tetrahedron dice (I recommend 100% infill for good balance) and mark two vertices on each of the four tetrahedral so when you trow the 4 dice, you will get a number from 0 to 4.

You will also need to print several pawns and preferably paint half of them black or print them in black filament. But you don't have to limit yourself to just black and white, any other color combinations can work just as good.

Print the two board parts then fit them together. Depending on your printer, the fit will be good or bad; if the fit is too lose, put some glue in, if it's to tight, sand it down a bit.
You can learn how to play the game from this video made by The British Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZskjLq040I

This is a work in progress since I still have to test the print so stay tuned!

If you want to a board already printed, check out the etsy store:
For Europe:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/530298479/the-royal-game-of-ur?ref=shop_home_active_1
For the US:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/530295893/royal-game-of-ur-3d-printed-board-game

Print Settings

Rafts:

No

Supports:

Yes

Resolution:

0.1 or 0.2

Infill:

25


Notes:

It will take quite a while to print since it's a large piece and has a lot of detail.

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Hilarious that I'm not the only one who wanted to 3D print this after seeing that video! You all beat me to it!

Finally i found a model for this game! I almost decided to just model it myself.
Just wondering, what are the dimensions of the largest piece?

The largest piece is 155x120x29.25mm :)

Ah perfect size thank you!

I'm currently watching that video and I quickly came here to see if anyone had already modeled the board. Nice design!

Me too. I planned on tackling it myself, but since you already have, I guess I'll just print your. Though I might mod a few things...

i want to make a space version of the game. most tile changes and peices

Hi there, if it's any help to you, here are my base files for this design.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2tiy4iOf3gnY1QwZ3JxeGl6Q2c

Hello,

Would it be possible to make a version with a drawer of sorts to store the pieces?

Hi,
Check the updates to the files.
I haven't yet printed it but it should work fine although I would suggest you wait a bit because I will keep updating this for a while and then print the final version myself to test it out.

Awesome, will do!

Great, just saw the video of that and thought, should I model that? :D

how are the dice working when printed? are they more or less balanced?

Of course they're not balanced. But neither are the dice you buy at the store. Balanced dice are a myth. And not only that but the way you print them will change the balance.

Do you want a better chance of them being balanced? Check this out: 2mm bottom layers, 2mm walls, 0 infill. I did some chi-squared testing some time ago and the hollow dice, surprisingly, was more balanced than the more solid filled ones. Good luck.

Hi there! I will tell you just as I finish printing them, right now I am printing the board. They should be more or less balanced since I designed them to be a perfect tetrahedron, I would suggest printing them with 100% infill even though that might take too much time and plastic, it will give them a nice feeling in the hand. I will also print them just as my board finishes printing so if you want, you can wait a day or two and I will come back to you with a full report :)

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