Victorian Games

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Halma was invented by a surgeon from England named Howard Monks in 1883. The name comes from the Greek word for "jump," although some versions are also called "Hoppity" for those without a classical education (Parlett 133).


The rules for this game come from Hoyle's Rules of Games ed. by Morehead and Mott-Smith, p. 172, with some further information from The Way to Play by the Diagram Group, pp. 308-309, and The Everything Games Book by Lesley Bolton, pp. 90-91.

Players: 2 to 8 people

Objective: To not be the one left with the "Old Maid" card.

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