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Three Men's Morris (Smell Merels, Alquerque de Tres, Tres en Raya, Castro, Pedreria, Marro, Smerelli, Mulino, Semplice Mulinello, Filo, Filetto, Tavoletta, Riga de Tre, Mérelles, Marelles, Carree Chinois, Cashlan Gherra, Qirq, Dris, Hujura, Tin-guti Pait Pait, Luk Tsut K'i, Tapatan, Santaraj, Carabawg, Fanorona Telo, Three Men, Three Pin, Three Penny, Three Peg, Copped Crown, Corsi Crown. )

Period(s)

Ancient, Medieval

Region(s)

Western Asia, Northern Europe

Categories

Board, Space, Line.

Description

Played around the world, Three Men's Morris is a smaller version of Nine Men's Morris, an alignment game that is still played today. It may appear in texts dating to the time of Confucius in China, as well as in Roman sources.

Rules

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.

Origin

Unknown

Ludeme Description

Three Men's Morris.lud

Leaderboard

Three Men's Morris

Reference

Murray 1951: 40-42.

Evidence Map

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Sources

Bell, R. 2007. 'Notes on Pavement Games of Greece and Rome.' In I. Finkel (ed), Ancient Board Games in Perspective. London: British Museum Press, 98-99.

Bishop, M. and J. Dore. 1988. Corbridge: Excavations of the Roman Fort and Towm 1947–1980. London: historic Buildings and Monuments Commission.

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

Reference ID

DLP.Game.72

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