Old Men's Bones was a classic game played in Faerûn.[1][2]


An Old Men's Bones set consisted of tiny bones that were poured into a pile. The object of the game was to remove the bones one at a time from the pile without disturbing the other bones in the pile.[1][2]

Cheaper sets were made from the bones of birds;[2] however, sets constructed from the slivered bones of wyverns, dragons, or other dangerous creatures also existed.[1] Aurora's Emporium promised that none of their sets were made from the bones of sentient humanoids.[1]

The bones were usually stored in a leather[2] or metal tube canister.[1][2]


The game originated in Phlan and the Moonsea region.[1]



Old Men's Bones is based on the real-life game of pick-up sticks.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 114. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 96. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.