Start: Each player has 5 pieces, initially placed alternating on squares 1 to 10.

Move: Players alternate throwing a set of 4 two sided paddles to move forward:
1 white side up = move 1 square and throw again
2 white sides up = move 2 squares
3 white sides up = move 3 squares
4 white sides up = move 4 squares and throw again
4 black sides up = move 6 squares and throw again
Attack: Landing on an opponent's piece is an "attack", and you exchange places; you may not land on your own pieces.

Restrictions: Win: You win by removing all of your pieces.

Game variations:

Other Ways to Play Senet
Senet was played in Egypt over 3,000 years ago. King Tut was buried with 4 Senet boards. The exact rules are not known; scholars have studied old drawings to speculate on the rules.

Rules close to Jequier's Rules have been presented here and are most common (start with 5 pieces each, swap with an opponents piece when you land on it, 2 in a row are safe, 3 in a row are a blockade, etc.). Other proposals for Senet rules include those of Kendall, Tait, and Bell. Kendall has 7 pieces each (starting on squares 1 through 14). Both Bell and Tait start with all of the pieces off the board and throw to enter them on the board. Bell's rules move 10 pieces backwards and winning is by getting them arranged in every other square of the first two rows.

Here are ideas for rule variations, some coming from these other rule sets:

A Senet Set

Made by J. A Storer, 2005.
(birdseye maple box and wood drawer,
5 rectangular purpleheart pieces, 5 cylindrical plexiglass pieces,
painted mahogany black and white paddles with red handles,
3 x 6 x 15 inches)

Senet Further Reading
Walker's Page, from:
(Includes the rules of Jequier, Kendal, Tait, and Bell.)
King Tut House Page, from:
Game Cabinet Page,, from:
Humanities Interactive Page, from:
Fortune City Page,, from:
Master Games Page, from:
Terry's Page,, from:
Private Moon Page, from:
Think Quest Page, from:
Xmission Page, from: Page.pdf, from:
SD Museum Of Man Page, from:
Wikipedia Page, from: