Ancient Roman Board Games
Duodecim scripta - The Game of Twelve Lines
Set-Up For a Game of Rota (2 players)
- First, draw a circle. Draw a plus sign in it (+) and then an X.
- Draw dots at the end of each line and in the middle where they cross.
- Now you'll need pieces. You can use coins (different coins for each player), buttons, pebbles, or anything you like.
- Each player gets THREE pieces.
The Rules for the Game of Rota
- Each turn, players can put one piece on the board in any open spot.
- After all three pieces are on the board, a player must move one piece each turn.
- A piece may move along any line or curving edge of the circle to the next empty spot.
- A piece may not jump other pieces nor move more than one spot.
- The first person to get three in a row wins.
*(I say, around the edge of the circle should count; others restrict the three-in-a-row to a diameter -- a straight line. Decide before you start playing, since we don't have an ancient Roman around to ask!)