Ancient Games III
Origin : Rome, Ist century BC or older
Type of game : Race game. The goal is to bring the pawns from start to finish before the other player can do the same.
History : The complete name of this game is Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum (the game of twelve markings). It is also called Duodecim Scripta (XII Scripta) for short. It is believed to be the ancestor of Backgammon. Its name comes from its shape : three lines of twelve markings. These markings can be simple circles but most of the boards we know about feature an inscription.
It later looses one of the lines and become the game of Tabula.