Fun and games
The discovery of game boards, pieces and dice tells us something about the soldiers leisure and everyday life. One of Vimose game boards are divided into quadrants, on the one side, and are half curved on the other side. On the half curves you could play a game a bit like backgammon. The other side of the board may have been used for the Roman military strategic game Ludus latrunculorum (Ludus = game latro = stone (piece), tatrunculus = soldier). The game is described in written sources, so you can play it today. They used round, flat pieces of amber, bone or glass. The white, blue and black glass pieces came from the Roman provinces. The pieces of amber and bones were probably made locally, perhaps by the individual soldier. Dice is also found in Vimose, but unlike today's cubes, the eyes on the opposite sides does not make 7 - they are always different.