The board is made from a solid maple wood base with a walnut wood veneer. The pieces are made from maple wood with a wood stain applied to give the four player colours - red, blue, green and yellow.
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I purchased a rough description of the game from an elderly stallholder at a small local village market in Guatemala, Central America, while travelling there back in 2006 - it was written in Spanish on some worn paper and had apparently been derived from what was found within the ancient ruined city of Tikal. According to the stall holder, Bembe (I only remember his first name), Maya glyphs were found etched onto a stone wall, within a hidden chamber of a pyramid near the overgrown heart of the ruins during an archaeological dig way back in 1975.
Included were some sketches drawn from what was found within the chamber. There was no name given for the game, so I derived a name for it from the glyph for the number 3 that was used consistently across the walls of the chamber along with a strangely contemporary symbol that looks astonishingly like the number 3 with lines coming together at 3 arrow tips that was also sketched onto the paper.
The document Bembe gave me described the game as originating from a species of ‘ancient astronauts’ who used it as a way to test their skills of strategic thinking and also cultivate psychic abilities, such as the ability to ‘know’ what was underneath the hidden pieces on the board or subtly control movement of the dice for a more favourable result.
Bembe told me the game was taught to a select few of the Mayan people whom the ancient astronauts considered as having a ‘fluid mind’ that saw past the mundane and into the hidden dimensions beyond. He believed that these humans would develop the physic abilities to truly master the game.
I’m sure it was just a sales pitch, but there was a twinkle in his eyes when he grinned at me and said perhaps I was one of these select few who would eventually master the game. Maybe one day.