Wooden Mini Game - Nine Men's Morris
The basic principle of the game is to get three pieces of their own colour in a row. Although Nine Mens Morris is based on simple rules, the game offers a countless number of strategic moves. Thus, Nine Mens Morris is equally interesting for beginners and advanced players.
Rules and play
The object of the game is to remove all the enemy pieces. Every time a player forms a line of three (a mill) on any line drawn on the board, he is entitled to remove one enemy piece, with the proviso that a piece may not be removed from an enemy mill.
The game starts with the board empty. Players take turns placing pieces on any empty intersection. After all eighteen pieces have been placed, players take turns moving. A move consists of sliding a piece along one of the board lines to an adjacent intersection. If a move in either phase of play results in three collinear pieces of the same color, then any one of the opponent's pieces may be removed from the board, unless that piece is currently forming a 3 in a row and there are other pieces of the opponent's color still on the board.
An ideal position, which typically results in a win, is to be able to shuttle one piece back and forth between two mills, removing a piece every turn.
When a player is reduced to three pieces, those pieces may fly from any intersection to any intersection. This appears to be a powerful resource for an underdog, but in fact rarely changes the outcome of a game.
Once a player has been reduced to two pieces, they are unable to capture any more of their opponent's pieces, and therefore that player loses the game.
A common variant of nine men's morris adds four diagonal lines to the board. This makes the game faster and more tactical.
Package size: 95 x 95 x 35 mm