Traditional Board Games

Alquerque: Handcrafted Wooden 'Quirkat' Traditional Board Game of Moorish origin, with wood-burned historically inspired art - customizable



$115.00

  • Details
    Alquerque, or Quirkat, is a strategy game which is believed to be of Middle East origin, first chronicled in the 10th century. It is the parent game to Draughts, known in the United States as Checkers. This handcrafted wooden game is both intriguing and challenging, and will make an excellent addition to an avid gamer's collection as well as a great way to enjoy some quality time with family and friends.

    • MADE TO ORDER
    • 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: Cherry, Maple, Poplar [Sample Chart included in Photos]
    (all woods are finished with a natural, non-pigmented stain, then sealed with a satin lacquer)
    • EDGE STYLES AVAILABLE: Burnt, 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 parcheesi-style pawns (cotton drawstring bag for storage included)
    • UPGRADES / ACCESSORIES:
    Color Enhancements - add colorful details to your board:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/786439555/color-enhancements-upgrade-option-to?ref=shop_home_active_8&frs=1
    • ADDITIONAL NOTES / INFO: Intersecting points of play grid are inlaid with contrasting yet complementary wood(s)
    • HOW TO PLAY: Alquerque is played by two players on an intersected board of five points by five, the points being joined by horizontal and vertical lines in a lattice pattern, with some diagonals added as well. Who begins is decided at random, or at the agreement of the players before starting the game. A piece can be moved from its starting point, along any marked line, to an adjacent empty point. A piece can capture an adjacent enemy piece, if a marked line joins their respective points, by leaping over the enemy onto the empty point beyond. That enemy piece is then removed from the board. If such a capture can be made, then it is compulsory. If there is a choice of such captures, then the moving player may choose whichever capture he pleases. Multiple capturing jumps are permitted, and also obligatory if such a sequence of moves is possible, such as in Draughts (Checkers), when one player jumps and removes multiple opponent pieces. The game ends when one player has lost all his pieces; his opponent is the winner. More modern rules expand the method of play further and bring an extra level of challenge to the game.
    A rules pamphlet with both the historical and modern rules variants is included with the game.

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    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!