Tom Scott vs Irving Finkel: The Royal Game of Ur | PLAYTHROUGH | International Tabletop Day 2017

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PhantomSavage : That may be the single most British man to have lived.

James George : I didn't know who this wonderful man was less than 20 minutes ago, he is the perfect combination of old man and aggressive fanboy.

Hugh Broderick : Oh wretched visitor! I am the almighty curator of this ancient abode! Thou must beat me at Ur if thou wishest to not have to exit through the accursed gift shop!

Cerius Deluge : " lasted 3.000 years." So it was like playing Risk.

Systlin : "I can read cuneiform, but maths is beyond me." As someone who taught myself Norse runes and Egyptian hieroglyphs and is attempting to learn the languages that go with them, and who also considers calculus a terrifying esoteric discipline invented to torture my high school self, I felt a deep, nearly spiritual connection to Dr. Finkel at that moment. Also, MAKE THE REPLICA, LET ME GIVE YOU MY MONEY FOR IT.

Tom Scott : This was such a joy to be part of! Thanks so much to everyone involved :)

Aslin Fire Safety : This man for the fourteenth Doctor, please

Nico Pulitano : this was a very british video

Siren Tao : Irving's charisma, the video's humor, the editing--this is a really great video. I'd love for there to be more of this, haha.

Borat Sagdiyev : *I thought Dumbledore died in the 6th book*

Elmo : Eh I think it's Ur turn

theaberrantdon : I only really want a replica of the original version. Maybe some people might like a newer version, but I'd say there was probably a reason you sold out of the replica.

Martin Nazario : I want to buy this game. I think it would be a really good idea to make more of them.

Martin B : You guys should play this against the guys at the Acropolis museum. Winner keeps the Elgin Marbles.

Jarrett Wheatley : Mr. Finkel clearly got his start at the Unseen University before taking his current position at the Museum

Fid Fyodor : 2017 Tom Scott vs. 2052 Tom Scott. Time traveller confirmed.

Dr. Zoidberg : Hooked from the second that man spoke. Never been more excited about a board game match haha

Chris Relhard : oh my god, he is exactly who i'd imagine if you said "old man who hates maths, deciphered an ancient game's rules, and lures civilians into his lair to decimate them at said game". i love him.

Anne Tan : Literally two men with the heart and soul of a child play an ancient game against each other in an attempt to bring it back. Best form of modern electronic publicity EVER!

Trevor Soundas : 24:07 4 and a half centuries ago would be 450 years ago. The game is 4500-ish years old.

ZOMG Gaming! : I love that old guy lol

Mario Alan Logan : This is the most tense moment in gaming history. The alien invasion of Romani Ranch is a close second.

Mini Wizard : Love the editting of both the game played and the interjected interview elements providing additional information, but the banter between you two really brought this wonderful ancient game back to life.

Xejn : "Come on 4 I need a 4" "If you want a 4 then you're less likely to get it if you say it out loud. Think it in your head and then roll a 4." *Rolls a 4* "...Yes very nice"

lachazaroony : I hope the homeless guy wins.

svfutbol20 : 3000 Years from now, some guy is going to explain Magic the Gathering to a random person

jocax188723 : A historian and a scientist sit down for a game... This is oddly compelling.

Cassiel Aralim : 18:51 hast to be the most sinister laugh I´ve ever heard :DD Oh yes and I´d absolutely love to buy a replica of this game.

Lieutenant Ivan : The probabilities of the dice are binomial, that is, that the number '2' is the most likely number, and the numbers '1', and '4' are the least likely number. This unequal distribution of probability is historically relevant, for that the Sumerians must have deliberately chose this arrangement instead of a simple four-sided tetrahedronal die to make the game more interesting. It will be good, if more games were like this system, instead of simple equal distribution. P(0) = 4C0 x (1/2)^4 = 1 x 1/16 = 1/16 = 6.25% ; P(1) = 4C1 x (1/2)^4 = 4 x 1/16 = 1/4 = 25% ; P(2) = 4C2 x (1/2)^4 = 6 x 1/16 = 3/8 = 37.5% ; P(3) = 4C3 x (1/2)^4 = 4 x 1/16 = 1/4 = 25% ; P(4) = 4C4 x (1/2)^4 = 1 x 1/16 = 1/16 = 6.25% ;

TheFlerffyBurr : So the oldest board game is just Sorry

Diego Durán Castillo : "I never use mathematics or statistics or calculations or anything at all like that, because I can't do it, so I just hope for the best..." Irving is my spirit museum curator

syrinx32 : The whole video always brings such a huge smile to my face, no matter how often I watch it. The interaction between the two, and their serious excitement about the game is so heartwarming!

Robert Bosch : That was fun. Irving Finkle for Prime Minister!

trentonpass : I would love to buy this game and play.

Andreas Aristokrates : I need this game physically, I have a sister to pass on wisdom, quick so long she is still young and susceptible to false normals.

Wraithninja1 : Playing a mysterious ancient game against a man who (by the look of him) is obviously a powerful wizard? I think your chances of winding up under a terrible curse are well above acceptable levels of risk.

Brendan Ellis : He's like a Wizard! :O

Oh Really : I would guess Tom's age inbetween 12 and 50.

Jake Belleren : Can I copy this board?

mpetersen6 : Oh my God. The Urites (Urians?, Uropeans? , Babylonian wanna be's?) played Sorry in their spare time

NZAnimeManga : Think I'll make a version of this game in Python as a way of procrastinating from studying for finals...

Annelise Zeender : I love this person so much, I’ve only just discovered him three minutes ago and already he has made me laugh more in that time than I have in ages.

Snake_XIX : HA that replay

Limit Breaker : I appreciate your method of playing Mr.Scott ! Using probability to calculate your moves and your opponent's was a brilliant way to play. The die used in this game is different than the rest. We can only obtain 2 possible outcomes by throwing one die (i.e) 0 and 1 When we throw 4 dice at the same time we get 16 outcomes 1)The probability of getting 0=1/16=0.0625 2)The probability of getting 1=1/4=0.25 3)The probability of getting 2=3/8=0.375 4)The probability of getting 3=1/4=0.25 5)The probability of getting 4=1/16=0.0625 And your calculation that 2 is the most recurring number must be based on the above.

Jen : WHY does Mr. Finkel not have his own show?!

McKendry2 : "I'm rather intrigued to discover that my opponent, who likes a perfectly civilized person, is in fact mathematically capable" Finkel throwing some serious shade

Fatman in Paradise : ...I love this geezer....😳

Victor Brueggemann : I would purchase a replica of this game, if it were made available again. However, without being able to travel to London to play it against "one of" the greatest players of the game in the modern world, that does rub some of the luster off of it.

Noah Edwards : I wanna play now

gabe : that man is gandalf.