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Twelve Men's Morris (Qvarn, Dubbel-Qvarn)DLP Game   

Period Medieval

Region Western Asia

Category Board, Space, Line


Twelve Men's Morris is a game of alignment known since at least the seventh century. It is played on a Nine Men's Morris board with corners of the concentric squares connected with diagonals.


Each player uses twelve pieces. Play begins with each player placing pieces on empty points. If they make three in a row along the lines, they can remove one of the opponent's pieces. They cannot remove an opponent's piece that is in a three in a row formation unless there are no other options. Once all pieces are place, players take turns moving pieces one spot to an adjacent point along the lines. If a player makes three in a row, an opponent's piece is removed as in the first phase of the game. Once a player is reduced to three pieces, that player may move to any open space on the board. The game is won when the opponent is reduced to two pieces.


These rules were taken from the With Diagonal ruleset.

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With Diagonal Suggested by the website Cyningstan.
Board Game Geek Board option from Board Game Geek.



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Murray 1951:43-44.

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Amitai-Preiss, N. 1997. 'Arabic inscriptions, graffiti and games.'In Y. Hirschfeld, The Roman Baths of Hamat Gader: Final Report. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society. pp. 267–278.

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




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