Three Men's Morris is a simple strategy game for two players. It was known to the Romans, and has remained popular ever since. It is a quick and simple three-in-a-row game often played over and over again; perhaps by children, or as a drinking game. Numerous boards have been carved into the wooden and stone seats of churches and cathedrals across Europe, presumably providing entertainment during long services. The rules were set out in 1285 by Alfonso X of Spain and in the seventeenth century by Willughby. The game is a great introduction to the world of historic games, especially for younger children, or makes a fun drinking game.
All games come with historic notes and full rules
Linen board 3"x3"; wooden men 3/4", in a sturdy card tube
Two players alternately place pieces on the board, aiming to make a row of three, while blocking their opponent from doing so
When all pieces are on the board players alternately move pieces to an adjacent position, again aiming to make a row of three
The first player to make a row of three wins
An alternate game, Nine Holes, played on the same board allows movement in the second stage of the game to any position on the board, with the same aim