Solitaire Board in White Marble
Let's play, let's relax.
This splendid, classic solitaire board in reconstituted powdered marble comes with polished wooden balls. The board measures 17.5 cms in diameter (across) and 1cm high. It weighs 650g approx.
Please be aware the black marble sometimes comes out as a very dark charcoal grey colour.
How to play. The Classic Game for One.
To start fill all the cups except the centre cup. Move, by jumping vertically or horizontally (not diagonally) one sphere over one other, into a vacant cup beyond. Move the ball which has been jumped into the groove round the outside of the board.
Finish with one sphere in the centre cup.
Having solved this puzzle, refill the board and remove a sphere from any other cup and again finish in the cup that was left empty at the start.
Don't want to play alone, how this for an alternative game?
Fox and Geese, a 2 player game on this Solitaire Board
In this game 18 spheres are used.
17 of one colour (called Geese) and 1 of a different colour (called the Fox).
The figure shows the layout of the spheres for the start of the game. The object of the game is for the Geese to block the Fox so that it is unable to move or for the Fox to capture the Geese so that there are too few of them to trap the Fox. The Geese may only move forwards or sideways one cup at a time. The Fox may move forwards, backwards and sideways, and, by prior agreement, diagonally.
The Fox may take a Goose by jumping over it provided, of course, that the cup behind the Goose is empty. The Goose is then removed from play.
The Fox can make a series of jumps at any one time and hence remove a number of Geese. If the Fox fails to take a Goose when it is in a position to do so, then the player of the Geese may return one taken Goose to any cup level with his back row. The Fox cannot be taken by a Goose.