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Evidence in Crete

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Id DLP.Evidence.1652
Type Ethnography
Game Pentalpha
Date 1938-01-01 - 1938-12-31
Rules The board is a five-pointed star. In the first phase, the player attempts to place all the pieces on the board. The player choses a point, then moves the piece two spaces in a straight line. The piece may move through a spot occupied by another piece, but must land on an empty space. Once all of the pieces are placed in this way, the player captures a piece on the board by hopping over with with another one of the pieces to an empty space on the opposite side of the piece to be captured. The goal is to capture all of the pieces except one.
Content "...a game on this board is still played in Crete, and Miss L. Sutherland, who saw it in 1938, gave me the following description: You have nine pebbles, and the aim is to get them each on one of the ten spots marked. You put your pebble on any unoccupied spot, saying 'one,' and then move it through another, 'two,' whether this spot is occupied or not, to a third, 'three,' which must be unoccupied when you reach it; these three spots must be in a straight line. If you know the trick, you can do this one-two-three trick for each of your nine pebbles and find it a berth, and then you can win your money. If you don't know the trick, it's extremely hard to do it. The game is called pentalpha." Murray 1951: 28.
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Genders Female
Source Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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