Group 2: Ivan Vashchilin, Ethan Bucholtz, Alex Radin and Christian Stefani
The game we played this week is called Ludus Latrunculorum. In it, the player must take out the other player's king, thus ending the game. You were also able to take enemy pieces, but you had to kill the enemy king to win. The pieces (including the king) could move along the board in any direction, except diagonally.
Ludus Latrunculorum was a game played by the Romans, and many other societies during and after them. We have found, through research, that the game was primarily a game for practising strategy, sort of like a ancient version of RISK (Board game). It was played all over the empire, and there were many different board sizes (we chose 12 x 8). It would have been played by anyone, particularly those in the lower classes, who couldn't join the army, or the women and children at home. The game couldn't be taken on campaign by the soldiers, but they could have carved or drawn boards and used rocks as the pieces.
We felt that our group didn't communicate as much we needed to, so on the day of the game, we didn't do very well (The boards were wrong, the pieces to big etc.) and took far too long setting up. However, we did manage to answer the questions that were asked in all three lessons.
Written by Ethan Bucholtz