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A well-preserved Swedish-Tables board was found deep down in the stern of Vasa, where the officers had their belongings. Made to take on the voyage. The discovery prompted the idea of rekindling interest in old Swedish board games from the 17th century. The Swedish-Tables Association of the Vasa Museum was formed in 1993. The group meets at the museum on Wednesdays during spring and autumn.
Swedish-Tables should not be confused with the international game of Backgammon. The board is the same, as is the number of counters, 15 light and 15 dark. Just like Backgammon, it is a game for two people and the player who gets all his counters "home" first is the winner. But that is where the similarities end. In Swedish-Tables, you can also win in eleven other ways, one more ingenious than the next. In addition, play rotates anti-clockwise, which means that you have your opponent "at your heels".
Of those who know both games, most think that Swedish-Tables is more difficult, but also much more exciting.