When were the first board games?
What’s the earliest game called?
The earliest board game that we know about for sure, from Pre-dynastic Egypt, about 3000 BC. It’s a game called Senet. Senet was like our modern game backgammon. People also played backgammon in ancient Iran by about 3000 BC, using dice that were pretty much just like modern dice.
Liubo in China, Mancala in Africa
By 1500 BC, people in Shang Dynasty China were playing a game called Liubo. We don’t really know the rules to Liubo. A little later, about 1400 BC, Second Intermediate Period people in Egypt seem to have been playing an early version of the African game Mancala.
Go, Chess, Parcheesi and Chutes and Ladders
Chess spreads to Africa, Europe, and the Americas
Chess gradually spread west across the Islamic world to West Asia and North Africa. By the Middle Ages, chess reached Christian Europe, and after 1500 AD Europeans brought chess to North America and South America.