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The Romans played a derivation of 'petteia' called 'latrunculi' or Ludus latrunculorum (the soldiers' game or the bandits' game).It is first mentioned by Varro (116–27 BCE) and alluded to by Martial and Ovid.Hounds and Jackals appeared in Egypt, around 2000 BC and was mainly popular in the Middle Kingdom.
Games are formalized expressions of play which allow people to go beyond immediate imagination and direct physical activity.
Senet may have also been used in a ritual religious context.
The other example of a board game in ancient Egypt is “Hounds and Jackals”, also known as 58 holes.
Common features of games include uncertainty of outcome, agreed upon rules, competition, separate place and time, elements of fiction, elements of chance, prescribed goals and personal enjoyment.
Games capture the ideas and worldviews of their cultures and pass them on to the future generation.