He added the board features an engraved serpent coiling around itself for 20 times, thus producing 20 slots for the game, more affectionately known in Persian as Nard.
I wish the article had a picture of the board design.
Some time I’m going to have to take a moment and figure out a timeline of when these games were played. Senet, at least the reconstructed rules I’ve played, was pretty fun. I still wish Tafl was fun, but have pretty much given up on that by now. I haven’t actually played Chaturanga, which might be fun sometime. I was briefly excited about the old Roman Latrunculi which seemed to solve the Tafl lack of fun problem.
Well, I wish there was a picture of the board design. Maybe it will get published some time.