This impressive-looking game from India will certainly have you thinking. Of unknown antiquity, this is one of a family of "running fight" games, some of which date to mediaeval times.
Pieces move along a set course according to the throw of casting sticks, zigzagging left and right along the board. Land on an enemy piece and it's out of the game! But this isn't a race: the player who wins is the one who gets the most pieces to the last row by the time the game ends, not the one who gets their pieces there first.
Our tablan board measures approximately 13 inches by 5 inches (325mm by 125mm). It is made from Russian Redwood, and treated with a hard-wearing cellulose lacquer to provide you with many years of enjoyment. The pattern is burnt into the wood with the pokerwork technique. The pieces are red and yellow glass, and the casting sticks are wood. The sticks are coloured red or yellow on one side, one set for each player. The rules are given in an A5 leaflet.
This game is hand-made in a rustic style. Please do not expect machine-made precision; there may therefore be minor blemishes in the work. Not suitable for young children due to small pieces.