Date: Sun, 13 Jul 1997 15:14:27 -0400
From: Daniel U. Thibault (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Ludus Latrunculorum
From the albeit fragmentary description given, I think you're talking about Ludus Latrunculorum (a.k.a. Latrunculi). Evidence is also fragmentary, but I believe the game to be the ancestor of (or at least to have influenced) the Viking Game, Hnefatafl. Attached is a document I wrote for an SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) Arts & Sciences competition that talks about Hnefatafl, its variants, and the related games of Seega and Ludus Latrunculorum. Let me know if any questions remain.
Daniel U. Thibault
a.k.a. Bohémond de Nicée
The Game Cabinet - email@example.com - Ken Tidwell