A number of board games survive to the present day from quite ancient times in the Old World: mancala, go, even the physical components of the game of Ur survived (though we don't know the rules).

Do any board games survive from the New World that predate Columbus?

  • I have to ask: how much research did you do before asking this? Because the second Google result for the title of this question appears to adequately answer it.
    – murgatroid99
    Mar 11 '16 at 3:02
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    @murgatroid99, apparently "precolumbian" is the magic word here. I tried searching with other terms, like "new world" and "americas", but got too much noise. Somehow "precolumbian" didn't occur to me till writing the question.
    – Joe
    Mar 11 '16 at 3:05

After reading this article I could find several references to games played during the precolumbian era.

For some of them the rules are unknown but here is the list (to be completed) :

  1. Patolli played by Teotihuacanos, Toltecs, etc. Before Christ !
  2. Bul
  3. Awithlaknakwe
  4. Totolospi

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