ORIGIN: probably Southern France, about 1000AD
STYLE: strategy/table game
SKILL LEVEL: easy to learn
STRATEGY LEVEL: Moderate
LUCK LEVEL: None
TIME REQUIRED: 20-25 minutes
History:Draughts, was invented sometime in the 1000AD, probably in the south of France. The
medieval game Fieges, used a chess board, the pieces from a backgammon set, and
the moves of Alquerque. Each player had 12 pieces, named after the queen in chess
‘fers’ or ‘fierges’. They also had her power of movement, one square diagonally,
forwards or backwards.
Early forms of Alquerque, an ancestor to draughts, have been found in Egypt dating at
least as early as 600BC. Alquerque boards can be seen carved into the stone slabs
which form the roof of the great temple at Kurna, Egypt, which was built in 1400BC.
About 1535AD compulsory capture of an enemy pieces at risk was introduced and an
attacking pieces which missed the opportunity paid the penalty by being ‘huffed’ and
removed from the board. This new version was called Jeu Force, and the older version
became Jeu Plaisant.
This 100% cloth gameboard measures 15″x15″ and is hand colored with permanent fabric dye. An 8 page book and 24 wood playing pieces complete this portable game set.