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Three Men's Morris

Period

Medieval

Region

Worldwide

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

Is it played on a board of 3x3 intersection 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.

Origin

Unknown

Ludeme Description

Three Men's Morris.lud

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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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