Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur | PLAYTHROUGH | International Tabletop Day 2017

  • Published on: 28 April 2017
  • YouTuber Tom Scott has flown drones through lightning, he’s taken on the first human-powered theme park, he’s even visited Penistone. But he’s never taken on a British Museum curator in the world’s oldest playable board game… UNTIL NOW!

    For International Tabletop Day 2017, Tom Scott was challenged by British Museum Curator Irving Finkel to a round of the oldest playable board game in the world – The Royal Game of Ur – a game whose rules were rediscovered and deciphered by Irving himself.

    Interested in other mysterious cuneiform tablets deciphered by Irving? Check out his book 'The Ark before Noah' to find out how he discovered the oldest account of the Ark myth:

    How Irving deciphered the rules to the Royal Game of Ur:
  • Runtime : 25:33
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  • Marc Achim
    Marc Achim   1 hours ago

    Isn't this game just a 2 person sorry? It looks fun and I really hope this game influenced the creation of sorry.

  • Peter D
    Peter D   2 hours ago

    This looks like a segment from Blue Peter.

  • Yuri
    Yuri   3 hours ago

    “I have to win!” - You already do, sir.

  • Youri Ruskea
    Youri Ruskea   4 hours ago

    For someone who's great at math he can't actually count; 4500 years isn't 4,5 centuries ;)

  • sunil karki
    sunil karki   7 hours ago

    This game is similar to Ludo that we play.

  • Tola aard
    Tola aard   1 days ago

    I made the board!Just need some triangles with "white blobs"

  • Cat PBatista
    Cat PBatista   1 days ago

    I want to buy the game 💫🙋🏻‍♀️ please keep making the replica

  • John Smith
    John Smith   1 days ago

    certainly wouldnt bring that thing around my kids

  • Zachary Holguin
    Zachary Holguin   1 days ago

    This guy use to play this when he was young growing up in Ur

  • Jas. Loney
    Jas. Loney   1 days ago

    This is really quite amazing and thank you for showing it to the world, Irving! Your videos are so full of vim and vigor. I think as a business owner I am going to have a tournment this summer in Upstate New York. Are these boards available somewhere commerically?

  • Simon Björkman
    Simon Björkman   2 days ago

    This is so lovely. Exactly what makes history a great thing.

  • jesse gibbins
    jesse gibbins   2 days ago

    Mr. Finkel does not seem to get social cues.... keep your defeated pieces away from home.

  • frie jemi
    frie jemi   2 days ago

    Good idea, don't copy my recently released game Babylonian Backgammon. Looks similar enough for copyright issues.

  • S L
    S L   2 days ago

    Good games! Would be wonderful to get a copy!

  • womobewo
    womobewo   2 days ago

    Very interesting and fun to watch.

  • Josh
    Josh   2 days ago

    24:12 - 4 and half millennia. Not 4 and an half centuries ago.

  • ttdijkstra
    ttdijkstra   2 days ago

    24:11 "four and a half centuries ago" nope. it's actually four and a half millennia

  • strayblackcatsmeow
    strayblackcatsmeow   3 days ago

    It's sad that what is displayed at the museum is not what was found at the dig. Items were added to make the game board fit a set of rules that were written centuries later for a similar game. To add insult to injury, the original board had its parts brilliantly captured in wax at the dig to get an accurate as possible display for the records and museum. This original was not aesthetically pleasing in its uneven shape so the museum had it "cleaned and restored". Little effort seemed to be made to put the pieces back in the same places or orientations as the original carefully preserved find. You can compare the black and white artifact photos with the current display and see the differences for which there is no excuse. I like that he gets an interest in antiquities but not his altering antiquities to fit his narrative. As for the particular game, I prefer the rules supplied by S and R games, UR Royal Game of Sumer. They are speculative and simple but are fun and actually view the board designs as functional and not purely aesthetic.

  • Nate Gremlin
    Nate Gremlin   3 days ago

    4:59 "that's an ancient Sumerian D4!" Since there are 5 differents outcome (0-1-2-3-4) shouldn't it be a D5?

  • Willy T
    Willy T   3 days ago

    I'm a little late to the game and haven't checked to see if they're selling it again, but I would certainly buy three or four sets for myself and some friends.

  • Hunter
    Hunter   3 days ago

    This is basically just ancient sorry

  • Tobla Howell
    Tobla Howell   3 days ago

    It is a great idea and has the added value of connecting us with people in the past, which is indeed a wonderful experience especially in our present and future-focused world. where this type of experience is rare. Instructors could use the game to bring history to life for their students as you do so well. Indeed a very marketable product. Please do not change it too much lest we lose that connection.

  • R Webb
    R Webb   3 days ago

    The most enjoyable episode I have observed in recent time!

  • R Webb
    R Webb   3 days ago

    The originally Milton Bradley!

  • R Webb
    R Webb   3 days ago

    Do what are the vertical rosettes? I’d this game three dimensional?

  • Ranti Dev
    Ranti Dev   4 days ago

    Please do sell the game again. I'd buy it and I'm from India

  • Tracy Christenson
    Tracy Christenson   4 days ago

    I love his advice for outwitting the Mesopotamian gods who would be sure to give you the opposite of what you want! XD If I say that Mesopotamian gods were real jerks, would I get smited? Or is that smote? I'm not sure.

  • Bethabara9
    Bethabara9   4 days ago

    Have you tried using 4 regular dice, to see how the dynamic changes?

  • aaron quinn
    aaron quinn   5 days ago

    I need to go for a walk after that😂 man that was surprisingly fun to watch.