We may have little in common with the knowledge and beliefs of people who lived in the distant past, but we all sure love our games. Egyptian pharaoh Reny-Seneb felt so strongly about his board game Senet that he was buried with it in 1800 B.C. His ancestors were playing Mehen a thousand years earlier. The ancient Romans loved their Knuckle...
We may have little in common with the knowledge and beliefs of people who lived in the distant past, but we all sure love our games. Egyptian pharaoh Reny-Seneb felt so strongly about his board game Senet that he was buried with it in 1800 B.C. His ancestors were playing Mehen a thousand years earlier. The ancient Romans loved their Knucklebones, and gambled playing Duodecim Scripta. A game called chaturanga was played in India in the 6th Century before it evolved into chess in Western Europe and Russia a few centuries later. It's as if human beings are hardwired to play games. Look past the time and topic of the games themselves, and you see a universal predisposition to feel rewarded by such interactive challenges...whether we win or lose. Our language reflects it: we say that hunters play games with their prey. Lovers do the same, sadly. Work and play often involve the same investment of time, effort, and intensity, along with the same sensations of risk and reward. I think we possess a gaming gene that influences our behavior, whether we're dressed in sandals and cursing the capricious gods behind a cloudy day, or wearing the latest eco-fashions and tweeting the glories of the Internet. This should have significant implications for how we envision and deliver brands, shouldn't it? Interestingly, games have been used in marketing mostly as an entertaining hook or distraction. Promotions are gimmicks to get consumers' attention, so they can be peppered with the real, meaningful substance that manipulates their inner-selves.
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Wood backgammon set, 'Mythic Lovers' Jayaprana and Layonsari are forever reunited in this hand carved backgammon set by Ketut Sandi. According to legend, the king was mad with desire for Layonsari, and so had her husband, Jayaprana, killed. ?

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Like pre-Hispanic warriors, rustic figures do battle atop a pyramid.?

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Pharaohs, queens and mighty spirits prepare for battle in the Sport of Kings!?

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Plan a wild strategy with this safari-inspired chess set featuring animals from the African veldt. Polyresin. Polyresin.?

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This traditional African game is fun for all ages, as proven by its long history and popularity in Africa. Comes with a set of beads and a rule sheet to explain how it is played; although there are too many variations of this game to list.?

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Improve your game with this beautifully handcrafted Soapstone Chess Set with Wooden Board. Instructions included. Made in Kenya.?

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