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Nine Men’s Morris

The origins of this game are thought to be about 3,500 years old. A board for this game was found on the Gokstad Viking Ship, under the name of “Merelles”  it became very popular in Mediaeval England and it survives to this day.

Nine Men's Morris Board. This game was played by the Romans, Saxons and Vikings.

Each player starts with nine pieces and places one counter on the board at a time on the intersections. If a player succeeds in placing three pieces in a line (called a “mill”) they then remove one of their opponents pieces.

When each player has placed all nine of their counters on the board each player in turn may move a counter along a line to an adjacent intersection. If this move creates a mill they remove an opponents piece.

The winner is the player who leaves their opponent with less than three counters on the board.

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