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:
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  • benzo
    benzo   39 minuts ago

    great upload

  • Hardcastle 1971
    Hardcastle 1971   6 hours ago

    So basically it's Backgammon mixed with the game "Sorry".

  • M Da Vela
    M Da Vela   14 hours ago

    In the Netherlands we have a game called "Mens Erger Je Niet", which is quite similar, except you can also play it with 2, 3 or 4 people at once.

  • Luke Johnson
    Luke Johnson   15 hours ago

    I'd happily play a game of Ur with Irving over a battle royale any day of the week ,😃

  • A Person
    A Person   21 hours ago

    I received this game as a kid for Christmas back in the 70's, still have it.

  • MrTickedoffagain
    MrTickedoffagain   1 days ago

    I would buy a copy. I've seen pictures of the game in books about the Old Testament background etc and wondered how it was played. This video has satisfied a decades old curiosity. However, to actually play it would be even better.

  • beakytzw
    beakytzw   1 days ago

    I have to say it, why was Irving Finkel not my grandad when I was a youngster :D. I would buy the Game for sure.

  • Dane Law
    Dane Law   2 days ago

    An absolute delight to watch! Now I will have to make my own Ur game set. I love Backgammon and Ur seems like it will be a great thrill as well.

  • Heather Anne
    Heather Anne   3 days ago

    I love how this guy has no idea who Tom is and assumes he’s just a random dude rather than the ridiculously smart nerd that he is

  • Merideth Wallace
    Merideth Wallace   3 days ago

    I would love to play rhis game. It looked fun. Please make us more. Don't forget instructions

  • Jean Baptiste
    Jean Baptiste   5 days ago

    Very simple and thrilling at the same time. I'll draw the board on paper and play it at home. Seems like a lot of fun.

  • JAKY
    JAKY   5 days ago

    it's sad how wars and conflicts wiped out our Iraqi history when you think about Iraq you'll never think about such games ):

  • Jw King
    Jw King   5 days ago

    I wonder Irving, if you would be willing to have a look at an abstract that I invented, I can promise that I'll not be wasting your time sir. yes?

  • Tom Houf
    Tom Houf   5 days ago

    Yes please. I would enjoy this game very much. It might beat out pente for my favorites.

  • Slipeg
    Slipeg   5 days ago

    we need a game like this on pc.

  • John Adams
    John Adams   6 days ago

    Critical question (and tell the complete, unvarnished truth): is the set you are playing with a reproduction? Surely that is not the original found in the gravesite in Ur?

  • TechnicBee
    TechnicBee   6 days ago


  • Gdsm9
    Gdsm9   6 days ago

    Would love to see a new replica. I would certainly order one!

  • Alex G
    Alex G   6 days ago

    “At the time of filming Irving’s children are unaccounted for”.

  • Alex G
    Alex G   6 days ago

    I wish I was as precious to Irving Finkle as he is to the world.

  • Terry Southwood
    Terry Southwood   6 days ago

    Definitely up for buying this game from the British Museum.

  • Rubén Chiquin
    Rubén Chiquin   6 days ago

    Is he acually serious he can't count more than 10 despite him being that old?

  • Akuma Bakemono
    Akuma Bakemono   6 days ago

    Awesome! Not only the game itself but the interactions of this two mens feel like a grandfather and grandson having a good time playing together...Gretings from Argentina!

  • jmill115
    jmill115   1 weeks ago

    ya I'm making this board

  • Paul R
    Paul R   1 weeks ago

    I will go to the British Museum and get that game

  • Osama Sajid Khan
    Osama Sajid Khan   1 weeks ago

    Make this game into a product, I mean who wouldn't want to buy this? I would even buy it just to look at that beautiful board and feel like I am a citizen of Ur, 4 millennia ago.

  • Roady963
    Roady963   1 weeks ago

    It reminds me the gome of Ludo

  • Sunil Nair
    Sunil Nair   1 weeks ago

    Jis din Teri aukaat hogi na tabbaat karenge. Ayr Mumbai chutiye chal nikal yaha se. Lode ke baal.

  • Garrett LeBlanc
    Garrett LeBlanc   1 weeks ago

    This game is also played between the good god of dragons I believe and the god of Giants in the D&D universe to end a very big war between the two factions

  • Magdalena Madeja
    Magdalena Madeja   1 weeks ago

    I would like to have a replica, the game is a lot of fun!

  • ME
    ME   1 weeks ago

    I want this board game... the physical one not an electronic version