Intro To: Ancient Games

At the Round Table, we’ve built a collection of over 200 games that we’re continuing to add to all of the time. While we’re always on the lookout for new releases, we’ve also got a collection of staple games that have existed for hundreds or thousands of years. For this week’s Intro article, we’re focusing on a few classic games that have been around for a very long time.

Go is a very simple 2 player strategy game that originated in China and its first known mention dates back to 551-479 BC. This area control game is played by simply taking turns placing black and white tokens on a 17×17 grid, and offers serious depth of strategy. Prior to being added to our collection, this was one of our most requested games. If you’re a fan of complex strategy games, this famous game is a must play.


Mancala is a family of games that dates back at least 1300 years and originated in Africa. While early Mancala games used holes dug in the ground instead of a physical board, the most well known version of Mancala is the American made Kalah, a 2 player game, played on a board with indents representing the holes that would have traditionally been dug in the ground. This game is all about moving your tokens between the holes, capturing your opponent’s tokens. This game is a great choice for anyone looking for a light 2 player game.

Backgammon is a classic 2 player strategy game dating back roughly 5,000 years that originated in Greece. This classic game is played by moving tokens across the board in a race against your opponent by rolling dice and choosing which tokens to move. You can also capture your opponent’s tokens, forcing them to start the race over from the beginning.  This classic strategy game is fast and easy to learn. It’s a great choice as a simple game to teach to kids.


Chess is the classic game by which all other classics are judged. This 2 player game dates back to before the 7th century, and is thought to have originated in India. Probably the most famous board game in the world, this classic had to be on our list of ancient games, even if you’ve already heard of it, just for its importance to gaming as a whole.  In this classic game, each player controls an army and attempts to defeat their opponent’s king. Each type of piece has its own simple movement rules, and success in this game is a matter of being able to plan several turns in advance. This is the perfect game to face off against a friend with or to play casually while sipping one of our premium scotches.

Whether you play one of these ancient games, or a new release, we’re looking forward to your next visit to The Round Table. Next time you visit us make sure to ask us about our expansive games library, and we’ll be happy to help you pick up and learn the game that’s right for you.