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Le Jeu de Gendarmes et de Voleur DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Western Europe

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Space, Blocking


Le Jeu de Gendarmes et de Voleur is a blockade game that was played by schoolchildren in the 1940s in Vernou-en-Sologne, France. It resembles other, older games which are known throughout Europe, and is likely to be older. It was played either on a circular board or a square one.


The board is a circle, with eight radii meeting in the center, or a square with lines connecting the midpoints of the sides and the corners with the center. The intersections of the lines are rendered as semi-circles and as a circle in the center. One player plays as three gendarmes, the other plays as one thief. Players alternate turns moving their one of their pieces to an empty adjacent spot along the lines of the board. The goal is for the gendarmes to surround the thief so it cannot move.

Edeine 1974: 607.



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Michaelsen 2014: 210-212

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Edeine, B. 1974. La Sologne. Contribution aux études d'ethnologie métropolitaine. Tome II. Paris: Mouton Éditeur.

Michaelsen, P. 2014. "Haretavl - Hare and Hounds as a Board Game." In M. Teichert (ed.), Sport und Spiel bei den Germanen: Nordeuropa von der römischen Kaiserzeit bis zum Mittelalter. Berlin: De Gruyter.



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