Chapter 6

6. Tables and morris
 Below I shall introduce three popular medieval board games, among which tables and morris. Because I shall mention them frequently some information.

backgammon
Board for tables (backgammon)

 Tables, today often called backgammon, is a kind of ludo. Both players start with 15 pieces arranged in some formation on the board. One player moves his pieces clockwise, the other anti-clockwise. Each player’s aim is to get his pieces round to another part of the board, and then to lead them off the board. See for the rules https://www.mastersofgames.com/rules/backgammon-rules.htm.
molenbord                                                                         Board for morris

Morris is a kind of noughts and crosses. It is played with 2×3 pieces on a grid of 3×3 points or with 2×9 pieces on this kind of a board. Starting with nine pieces in hand, each in turn enters one to a vacant point, aiming to make a formation of three (a mill) so that he can remove any enemy piece. In the second phase the player moves in turn to any vacant point to form a mill. In some situations dice are used to continue the game. See for more information https://www.mastersofgames.com/rules/morris-rules.htm.
See for the function of dice in medieval morris Schädler 2000.