Traditional Board Games

Tablan: a New Game in the Shop

Tablan, by Cyningstan
Tablan, by Cyningstan

Thursday, 24th July 2014

Since a friend and I played tablan recently, I've been looking forward to adding the game to the shop. Now the first batch of sets has been completed, and you can buy one for only £11.99 plus postage and packing.

It's made in the same style as most of the games in the shop: a board of Russian redwood, with glass pebbles as pieces: red and yellow in this case. Since many of the throws result in no move, I've provided a set of casting sticks for each player, which helps to keep the game moving quickly.

Tablan is unusual in that it is part race, part battle. The winner isn't always the first player to get all of their pieces to the finish. In fact, that's rarely possible, since captured pieces are permanently removed from play, as in a battle game. Instead, the player who gets all of their pieces to the end finishes the game, but the winner is the player who has brought the most pieces to the end when that happens.

If you like the sound of this then please take a look at the board in the shop, and consider buying one to play with your friends. The game's web page is at


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