Traditional Board Games

Morris Game: Nine Men’s Morris, Twelve Men's Morris, Mill Game, Merels; Ancient Strategy Game, Wooden Board Game, handcrafted & customizable

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  • Details
    The Morris games are amongst the oldest games known to man, and throughout the centuries have seen multiple surges in popularity and further expansion. On this board, players have the option of playing either of the two most popular variants of the game; Nine- and Twelve-Men’s Morris, each game with its own rules for movement and differing piece counts per player. An ancient strategy game, handcrafted from quality hardwood, with contrasting wood inlays at the grid points and pyrographed artistic decoration surrounding the playing grid. This fully customizable traditional board game is a piece of functional art that will challenge the mind and please the eyes for generations.

    • HANDCRAFTED with pyrographed artwork
    • LEAD TIME: 2-3 weeks (from time of purchase to shipping day; timeframes can be affected by workload, holidays, etc. – please inquire if a specific due date is needed)
    • FREE SHIPPING for domestic U.S. orders
    • WOOD TYPES AVAILABLE: Ash, Cherry, Maple [Sample Chart included in Photos]
    (all woods are finished with a natural, non-pigmented stain, then sealed with a satin lacquer)
    • EDGE STYLES AVAILABLE: Carved, Inscribed, Plain, Trimmed [Sample Chart included in Photos]
    • ARTWORK AVAILABLE: 25 designs [Sample Chart included in Photos]
    Custom artwork requests always welcome!
    • MEASUREMENTS: 11x11x1 inches [LxWxH] (completed/assembled product)
    • PLAYING PIECES/PAWNS: 24 glass marbles, in black and white colors (cotton drawstring bag for storage included)**
    Color Enhancements - add colorful details to your board:
    Laser-Engraved Inlays - add precise graphical elements to the playing grid:
    • ADDITIONAL NOTES / INFO: Intersecting points of play grid are inlaid with contrasting yet complementary wood(s)

    **Effective July, 2021, this game is now being produced with black and white marbles as playing pieces, which will sit in drilled and inlaid depressions at the grid intersections. Other marble colors are available upon request, as is the "old style" version of the game, with wooden checkers as pieces - please contact me if either of these options is more desirable.

    • HOW TO PLAY: Morris, also known as ‘Merels’, the 'Mill Game', or simply ‘Mills’, is a strategic three-in-a-row game. Two players each have an equal number of pieces and play on a board of 24 intersected points, with allowable placement and movement depending upon the variant being played. The players strive to make rows of three along the marked lines, first by placing the pieces on the board one at a time (as in tic-tac-toe), and then by moving the pieces from one point to another along a marked line. Forming a row of three pieces (called a ‘mill’) allows a player to remove an enemy piece. It is possible to achieve stalemate during the placement phase of this game; if nobody has made a 'mill' then the pieces may not move and the game is declared a draw. A player wins the game by reducing the enemy to two pieces (thus negating any chance of forming a mill).
    A rules pamphlet for the 2 variants of the game is included.


    PLEASE NOTE: All of my items are crafted by me, in my home studio and workshop. I am a one-man show, with no ‘production partners’ to help mass-produce any item. Be assured that when you buy an item from me, you are getting a distinctive creation from the original maker.
  • Shipping & Policies

    Shipping from United States

    Processing time

    2-3 weeks

    Estimated shipping times

    • North America : 3 - 5 business days

    I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

    Customs and import taxes

    Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

    Payment Options

    Secure options
    • Accepts Etsy gift cards

    Returns & Exchanges

    I gladly accept returns and exchanges

    Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery

    Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery

    I don't accept cancellations

    But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

    The following items can't be returned or exchanged

    Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

    • Custom or personalized orders
    • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
    • Digital downloads
    • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
    • Items on sale

    Conditions of return

    Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Wholesale availability

    Due to the nature of the majority of my work, and the typical amount of business that comes through my shop, wholesale items are not available.

    Custom and personalized orders

    Please contact me before placing an order should you desire customizations not outlined or offered in any particular listing.

    Holiday ordering

    During the Christmas holiday season, I can quickly become VERY busy; typically putting in 12 hour days in order to make holiday shipping deadlines.
    Please plan ahead - I begin taking Christmas orders in late August, but due to workload, I will close the shop to further made-to-order requests the first week of December. Ready to ship items remain listed and ship as stated in their listing.

    Shipping times

    In the case of any custom or Made To Order item, I try very hard to meet the listed production/ship time for the listed item. However, I am a one-man shop, and the handcrafted nature of the work, particularly during busy periods, can cause delays. If you require your item by a specific date, please inquire first. I do not rush the work, as I want each piece to be exceptional and worthy to the person purchasing it. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and of course, your patronage!

  • Reviews

    Reviews (3)


    Great morris board with custom coloring and art. Looks even more impressive than the photos.

    It was just as beautiful as expected when it arrived!