Nine Men's Morris is a relatively simple strategy game for two players. The game was almost certainly known by the Romans, and was possibly the most commonly played board game in Europe throughout the medieval and Tudor periods, with many examples of boards scratched into stonework, on wooden pews or seats (e.g., in Westminster Abbey), or, in one example, on the top of a barrel on the Mary Rose. The game is referred to by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream. The game has remained popular into the 21st century, so rules are well attested.
All games come with historic notes and full rules
Linen board 8.5" x 8.5"; wooden men 3/4", in a sturdy card tube
Players alternately place men one at a time on the board trying to make rows of three, while preventing their opponent from doing so
Once all men are on the board players take turns moving their men, again trying to make rows of three
When either player makes a row of three they can remove one of their opponent's men
The winner is the first player to reduce their opponent's men to two