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French Military Game (Hare and Hounds)




Category Board, Space, Blocking


Originated in 19th Century France invented by Édouard Lucas. It is a simple hunt game with a poorly understood history.


The French Military Game is played by two players. One player takes the part of three white towers, the other the part of a single black army piece. First the army moves his piece, then the towers move one of his pieces, play alternating thereafter until the game is ended. A tower piece may move one step along a marked line in any forward or sideways direction. Tower pieces cannot move backwards, diagonally or otherwise, towards the end of the board from which they started. The army may move one step in any direction along a marked line. The army wins by passing the towers and reaching the end of the board from which they started. The towers win by trapping the army so that it cannot move in its turn.

Edourd Lucas, 1887 "La Nature".

These rules were taken from the Default ruleset.

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Gardner Described by M. Gardner.

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