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Daldøs (Daldos)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Europe

Category Board, War, Replacement, Eliminate, All


Daldøs is a capturing game played in Scandinavia. Though it was on the wane in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it had somewhat of a revival when it was sold commercially. It was likely to have been much more widespread, as evidenced by its persistence in regional Danish dialects and its similarity to games games in Norway and Finland. It is remarkably similar to the game Tab, played in North Africa and Southwest Asia.


Three-row board, outer rows with sixteen holes and the central with seventeen. Sixteen pieces per player, which start the board in each of the holes in the outer row belonging to a player. Two four-sided dice. Players move their pieces according to the throws of the dice, moving one piece the value of one of the dice and another the value of the other die, or one piece the value of both dice. Players move from their row into the central row, and when reaching the end of the central row, proceed into the opponent's row. Opponent's pieces are taken when a player's piece lands in the same spot as the opponent's piece. Players may not move one of their pieces past one of their other pieces.

These rules were taken from the Historical Information ruleset.

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Østergaard and Gaston Rules proposed by E. Østergaard and A. Gaston.

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Historical Information Rules from DLP evidence.



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Espersen, J. 1908. Bornholmsk Odbog. Copenhagen: Bianco Lunos Bogtrykkeri.

Feilberg, H. 1886. Bidrag til en Ordbog over Jyske Almuesmål. Copenhagen: Thieles Bogtrykkeri.

Jansen, H. 1927. "Daldøs." Danske Studier, 97-100.

Michaelsen, P. 2001. "Daldøs: An almost Forgotten Dice Board Game." Board Game Studies 4: 19-31.

Østergaard, E. amd A. Gaston. 2001. "Daldøs - The Rules." Board Game Studies 4: 15-17.

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