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Wolf und Schaaf (Wolfsspiel)

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Period(s)

Modern

Region(s)

Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Western Europe

Categories

Board, Hunt.

Description

Wold und Schaaf (wolf and sheep) is a game played in Germany. One player plays as four sheep, which attempt to block one wolf, who attempts to move behind the line of sheep.

Rules

8x8 checkered board. One player plays as four sheep (white pieces), which begin on the four dark squares on one side of the board. The other player plays as one wolf (black piece), which can be placed on any dark space on the board. Players alternate turns moving a piece to an empty adjacent dark square on the board. The sheep move forward only but the wolf may also move backward. The goal of the sheep is to block the wolf from being able to move, the goal of the wolf is to move beyond the line of sheep.

Alvensleben 1853: 645.

Origin

Germany

Ludeme Description

Wolf und Schaaf.lud

Reference

Michaelsen 2014: 210.

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Sources

Alvensleben, C. 1855. Encyclopädie der Spiele. Leipzig: Verlag von Otto Wigand.

Michaelsen, P. 2014. "Haretavl - Hare and Hounds as a Board Game." In M. Teichert (ed.), Sport und Spiel bei den Germanen: Nordeuropa von der römischen Kaiserzeit bis zum Mittelalter. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Identifiers

DLP.Game.916

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