Nine-Men's Morris Game, also known as "Merels", "the Mill Game", or simply "Mills". An ancient strategy game, handcrafted from quality hardwood, with laser-engraved artistic decoration surrounding the playing grid. A miniaturized functional piece of art that will challenge the mind and please the eyes. The Morris games are amongst the oldest games known to man, and throughout the centuries have seen multiple surges in popularity and further expansion. These miniature boards are an excellent way to introduce a new player to the game, or begin an easily-transported collection of games for traveling to Faires and gatherings.
These miniature game boards are in stock and READY TO SHIP; each photo is of the actual board available for purchase. A numbered title on each picture corresponds to the drop-down selections; in the case of an "Out of Stock" item, please message me - if I have the wood readily available, I can create the requested board in 1-3 business days.
• Morris board constructed of 1/2-inch thickness hardwood; laser-engraved, hand-cut and finished with a satin lacquer. No pigmented stains are used; the color(s) of the individual boards is the actual wood hue (there are exotic wood boards occasionally available). This is a miniaturized version of the game, very suitable for traveling and carrying to events, such as Renaissance Faires, LARP events, picnics, etc.
• The playing grid has holes drilled at the intersecting lines, which can also act as guides for pawn movement, to accept the playing pegs (similar to cribbage pegs).
• Board has a playing grid area of 4 inches, with an approximate 1 inch artistic border surrounding the grid, for a total board size of 6 inches square. A cork pad is adhered to the bottom for a slight raise from whatever surface it may rest upon.
• Playing pieces (20 total; 1 extra of each color in case of loss) are included. Made in the U.S. by a local woodworking supply shop, then stained and finished in complement to the board. A small drawstring bag is included for storage of the pieces.
GAME HISTORY / HOW TO PLAY:
• The game of Morris, also known as Merels or Mills, is so ancient that its exact origin is unknown. From the stones of ancient Kurna in Egypt, to the stone and bronze age burial sites of Cr Bri Chualann (County Wicklow, Ireland), the pattern for the board has been found in many ancient contexts. By medieval times it had spread far and wide across the three continents of the old world. It was the game of choice for many, particularly bored monks and priests, who carved its board design into the stones and seats of their abbeys and cathedrals. Eventually, the game was transformed into several variants, each requiring new strategies to play, created by the different cultures over the centuries who adopted the game as their own.
• Nine Men's Morris is a strategic three-in-a-row game. Two players each have an equal number of pieces (9) and play on a board of 24 points. 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 the marked lines. 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).
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