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Found in a complex of caves in southwestern France, this painting represents perhaps the first written game in the history of humankind.

In the cave painting, two bulls stand facing each other, clearly meant to mirror one another. The difference between the two bulls is indicated by a crude, yet clear, circle.

Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the painting is considered a giant leap forward in the accumulation of knowledge. While the game has evolved since its advent to include higher quality images, multiple items, and smartphone-driven timers, one cannot help but respect the ingenuity of the world’s first game master.

The caves of Lascaux are located in the Vézère Valley. In some cave paintings, it also appears there may be a primitive form of Sudoku. However, the puzzles look largely unsolved, leading experts to wonder about their actual purpose. Is it possible there’s a version of prehistoric Scrabble out there?

In its search of the History of Games, Roadkill Pancake has identified other treasures buried by time. And we will continue to unearth and bring these priceless finds to you, the little people. So, please chip in to buy a limited edition of this NFT so that we can carry on our noble quest.