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If the following seems too long, you can directly jump at the end for the conclusion ins the TL;DR section. I'm not an historian and (almost) everything I tell below comes from internet research. More precisely, the whole stuff I tell below finds its source in various articles by the assyriologist Jens Høyrup. The king and the chess board in Indian and ...


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The earliest record (I have) found (searching the Internet) is the Persian Book Shahnameh, of which I know nothing more than the Wikipedia entry: The Shahnameh or Shah-nama (Persian: شاهنامه‎ Šāhnāmeh, "The Book of Kings") is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 AD and is the national epic of Iran and related ...


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The answer can be pieced together quite well from the Wikipedia page, in my opinion, so I did that. It changes somewhat from place to place, here is the British development. Essentially, when Chess arrives in Europe at around AD 1000, it has the following differences from now: Pawn moves one square forwards only, and can be promoted to queen only. The ...


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All this is based on HARPASTUM, from AerobiologicalEngineering.com: (Original source citations are from my own research) Harpastum was known as the Small Ball Game. The ball was "small" by virtue of its not being as large as a follis, paganica, or soccer-sized ball. This was a hard ball probably about the size and solidity of a softball. This ...


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There are many aspects of a computer game - gameplay, graphics, storyline, mechanics, etc. and it is always necessary for a game to simplify or distort the history a little bit, otherwise it becomes unplayable, or very expensive/difficult to develop. For example, I quickly scanned the Wikipedia article you cited and found Each unit that is produced ...


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It appears the game involved trying to hit a target with wine lees (fermentation residue). So presumably the bowl in the other hand would hold more wine, with which to refill the drinking cup. These days the lees is typically filtered out of the wine before the consumer ever sees it, denying us the excitement (not to mention sanitation issues) of this ...



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