Rithmomachia – The Philosophers’ Game

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PLAYERS: 2
ORIGIN: 11th Century Europe
STYLE: Strategy/table game
SKILL LEVEL: Advanced
STRATEGY LEVEL: Advanced
LUCK LEVEL: None
TIME REQUIRED: an hour or so.

History:
Rithmomachia is a complex mathematical game that was widely played in western Europe between the early 11th century and the late 17th century, when Chess overtook it in popularity.

The name “Rithmomachia” is a Latinate word derived from the Greek roots _rithmos_ “number” and _mache_ “battle” — hence, “The Battle of Numbers”. It was also known as “The Philosopher’s Game” — “philosopher” being the medieval term for a learned person such as a scientist or mathematician.

Details:
This 100% cloth gameboard measures 15″x20″ and is hand colored with permanent fabric dye. An 8 page booklet and over 60 wood playing pieces complete this portable game set.