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Pleasant Draughts (Le Jeu Plaisant de Dames; Plaisant, Pleasant)





Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe


Board, War, Leaping, Draughts.


Pleasant Draughts was a game played in France and England in the seventeenth century, particularly in rural communities. It lacked the forced capture of regular English Draughts.


Played on an 8x8 board with each player having twelve pieces. Pieces move diagonally one space forward, and can capture opponent's pieces by jumping them if they are adjacent. Capturing is not mandatory. Multiple captures are allowed. Once pieces reach the opposite side of the board from their starting position, they become kings and can move diagonally either forwards or backwards. The goal is to capture all of the opponent's pieces.

van der Stoep 1984: 146-147.



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Pleasant Draughts.lud


Murray 1951: 75; van der Stoep 1984: 146-147.

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Erondelle, P. 1605. The French Garden for English Ladyes and Gentlewomen to Walke In. London: Edward White.



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