Viking Unit Study - Games

Week 4: We played a game the Vikings used to play.

Nine Men Morris or Muhle is a strategy game played today. It was also played by the Vikings and other ancient peoples. During our Viking History Co-op we missed the week Viking games were studied, but after doing a little investigation, it turned out we actually owned the game. It was on the back of our backgammon board. Since we had a great time playing the Ancient Roman Game Tabula and Royal Game of Ur which dates to Mesopotamia, we knew we had to give Muhle a try.

Two players try to get three of their pieces in a row to create a Muhle. When a player successfully gets three pieces in a row he/she may remove one of the opponents pieces. When a player has only two pieces or cannot move the game is over and the other player has won. Here are the rules.

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  1. I like your Morris set. I had to make ours when we played it. It wasn't very popular here. Did your guys like it?

    1. This type of strategy game is right up my husband's alley. He was at work the day we played and haven't taught him yet. My son was frustrated because my daughter won. She liked it. I thought it was a good game, but really prefer card games over Chess/Checkers type games.

  2. I'm glad you pointed this out - I think we have it on the reverse of one of our games compendium games, too! Thanks.

  3. This looks like a fun game - will have to try this out!

  4. Heading over to your Mesopotamia game post, that sounds cool.

    Oh, and when I first saw the game I thought, "That looks like Nine Men Morris," and I was right.

  5. Interesting. I will have to pin this and show it to my strategy game loving husband!


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