What is the name of this game? Board is a one-piece solid oak plank (approximately 7-3/4 inch by 13-3/4 inch) with 247 holes in three areas. Appears that each player begins with 39 black or white pegs parked in separate and opposite "home" areas (each home area is 13 by 3 rows). Playing area consists of a central 13 by 13 grid of holes. I presume that pegs are moved from home area to playing area in turns. I have the game but no idea of the name or rules. I understand that this game was a favorite in "Games Magazine" in the mid-1980s. Well made board and wooden dowel pegs. No box (not sure there ever was one) or instructions. Does this ring a bell with anyone?

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    If the home areas are connected to the central area so as to form a single contiguous 13 by 19 grid, then this sounds like a straightforward variant of Halma. This would also explain why there are no instructions.
    – user8124
    Nov 16 '15 at 7:31
  • Hans Adler: Possibly! Thanks for your response. The game that I have is strictly a two-person game with three distinct areas. Each of the two "home" areas is 13 by 3 rows and separated from the "playing" area (13 by 13 rows) by about a 1-1/4 inch space. Rows and Columns in each of the three areas are separated by exactly 1/2 inch. Art
    – Art Petty
    Nov 16 '15 at 21:14
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    Could you please include a picture? Jan 23 '16 at 18:23

It could be a travel variant on a Go board. If you're not familiar with Go, it's an ancient game played by two players, usually played with white and black stones. While the standard size of a Go board is 19x19 lines, 13x13 is a common "beginner" variant.

The main objection to this theory is the number of stones: you usually have enough to cover the whole board between the two players, so I would have expected 84 black pegs and 85 white ones.

  • No, not if each player has their own home area on the board.
    – GendoIkari
    Dec 24 '15 at 21:39
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    @Gendolkari I was thinking of that just as game piece storage, rather than a real "home".
    – Tom Potts
    Dec 24 '15 at 23:14

I think you might be talking about a game called cribbage.

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    Cribbage boards typically don't have 39 pegs parked in the home area.
    – goldPseudo
    Jul 1 '17 at 19:02

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