Nine Men’s Morris boards have been scratched on the ground with a stick all over the world. Evidence has been found that the game was played in Bronze-Age Ireland, ancient Troy, and V iking Norway, as well as in the Southwestern United States, where Kere, Tigua, Tewa, and Zuni Indians played versions of the game known as paritariya, picarva, and pedreria. In France, the game was originally called nzerelles and today is known as jeu de lnoulin (Game of Mill), whereas in Germany it has always been called muhle (mill).
New versions of Nine Men’s Morris are always being invented. For example, several war games, such as “Trencho,” inspired by tzench fighting, appeared during World War I. In many of these battle games, a Morris board was superimposed upon a map and decorate6 with battle scenes and military equipment.
- HOW TO PLAY NINE MEN’S MORRIS.
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS.-Two.
OBJECTIVE.-TO be the first player to reduce the opponent to only two pieces or to block the opponent so that further moves are impossible.MATERIALS.-A playing board marked with three concentric squares connected with lines. Each player has nine playing pieces of his or her own color.
To BEGIN PLAY The game is played on the 24 points of intersection of the lines on the board. The players decide who is to go first and then the first player places one of her pieces on the board at one of the us of intersection. The players continue alternating turns.