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Three Men's Morris (Smell Merels, Castro, Pedreria, Marro, Smerelli, Mulino, Semplice Mulinello, Filo, Filetto, Tavoletta, Riga de Tre, Mérelles, Marelles, Carree Chinois, Cashlan Gherra, Qirq, Dris, Hujura, Three Men, Three Pin, Three Penny, Three Peg, Copped Crown, Corsi Crown. )DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Europe

Category Board, Space, Line


Three Men's Morris is a simple alignment game that is still played today, that has been played in Europe for centuries. It may also appear in Roman sources, and similar boards have been found as graffiti at Roman sites.


3x3 intersecting lines with diagonals. Play occurs on the intersections of the lines. Each player has three pieces. Play begins with each player placing pieces on empty points. If they make three in a row along the lines, they win. Once all pieces are place, players take turns moving pieces one spot to an adjacent point along the lines trying to make three in a row.

Murray 1951: 40-41.



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Murray 1951: 40-42.

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Hyde, T. 1694. De Ludis Orientalibus Libri Duo: Historia Nerdiludii, hoc est Dicere, Trunculorum, cum quibuidam aliis Arabum, Persarum, Indorum, Chinensium, & aliarum Gentium Ludis tam Politicis quam Bellicis, plerumque Europae inauditis, multo minus visis: additis omnium Nominibus in dictarum Gentium Linguis. Ubi etiam Classicorum Graecorum & Latinorum loca quaedam melius quam hactenus factum est explicantur. Oxford: E Theatro Sheldoniano.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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