hist-games: RE: hist-games Digest, Vol 8, Issue 1

james at tradgames.org.uk james at tradgames.org.uk
Sat Dec 10 05:44:25 PST 2005


Regarding Halma, this thread spurred me into a quick and long overdue update
to my page on Halma and Chinese Checkers to reflect Bruce Whitehill's new
findings on this subject.  It gives many of the requested answers as to
history of the game.

http://www.tradgames.org.uk/games/Halma.htm

On the separate raised subject of the play of Halma, a chap called Andrew
Perkis has done a lot of work in trying to improve the play of Halma to make
it more interesting (the 16 x 16 board being a bit too big for 2 players
playing by normal rules) and to make it suitable for competition play (there
being a number of strategies for spoiling a game and draws if you look into
some obscure cases).  I looked at his theories following his presentation at
the last colloquia in Oxford, and it's very interesting.  Andrew is on
something of a Halma crusade and his favoured approach is "Super Halma" -
Halma with super jumps.  There are a variety of other rule changes and
possibilities for improvement of play which I corresponded with him about.
He has some great ideas and some quite in-depth theory behind some of it.
I'm not sure if his work is generally available but he seemed to be keen to
spread the word to anyone who was interested....

cheers then,

James Masters
www.tradgames.org.uk



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> Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2005 22:13:37 +0100
> From: "Mats Winther" <mwi9 at swipnet.se>
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> Halma is almost forgotten, except perhaps in England. However,
> I am quite fond of this game if it is played on smaller boards. Please
> read about my little investigation here:
> http://hem.passagen.se/melki9/halma.htm
>
> Mats
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> For the history of Halma see Bruce Whitehill, Americanopoly.
> America as
> seen throgh its games, ed. by the Swiss Museum of Games, 2004.
>
> BTW: It's still a classic in Germany where it is part of the games
> compendiums reuniting games such as nine men's morris,
> draughts, ludo etc.
>
> Ulrich
>
> >
> > Halma is almost forgotten, except perhaps in England. However,
> > I am quite fond of this game if it is played on smaller
> boards. Please
> > read about my little investigation here:
> > http://hem.passagen.se/melki9/halma.htm
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> Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2005 10:19:43 +0100
> From: "Mats Winther" <mwi9 at swipnet.se>
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> Den 2005-12-07 09:21:08 skrev <u.schaedler at museedujeu.com>:
>
> >
> > For the history of Halma see Bruce Whitehill,
> Americanopoly. America as
> > seen throgh its games, ed. by the Swiss Museum of Games, 2004.
> >
> > BTW: It's still a classic in Germany where it is part of the games
> > compendiums reuniting games such as nine men's morris,
> draughts, ludo etc.
> >
> > Ulrich
> >
> >>
>
> Thanks for the info about Halma in Germany. I have updated my article.
> Here in Sweden it not even possible to come by a Halma board. Chinese
> checkers is well-known, however (this is not a Chinese game as many
> people think, but appeared in the 30s in USA(?)).
>
> Still, it's not hard to understand why Halma didn't catch on.
> The board is
> too big for two-person play. It's designed for four persons.
> If a very good
> Halma can be played on a tiny 4x4 board, then it's hard to understand
> why we should keep to the 16x16 board. Let's give that up and the game
> will have a future.
>
> Mats
>
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> Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2005 16:27:50 +0100
> From: "Mats Winther" <mwi9 at swipnet.se>
> Subject: hist-games: Re: Halma
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> Den 2005-12-07 14:57:40 skrev Pieter en Christien Sinninghe
> Damsti <damste.buma at home.nl>:
>
> > Dear Sir,
> >Would you be so kind as to give me more information on the
> game of  Halma,
> > as I am very Interested in this game. In the Netherlands it
> is not popular
> > anymore. But I have some Halma Games in my collection from
> about 1900- 1910
> > ( Spears) if you are interested in the rules given by these
> games, I can
> > send them to you.
> > Do you know something about the 18thcentury game Lotto
> Dauphin? I haven some
> > questions concerning this game.
> > Looking forward to your reply,
> > Kind regards,
> > Christine Sinninghe Damsti
> >
>
> Hello Christine!
>
> Perhaps Ulrich Schddler can enlighten you. I know only the
> little history
> that I write about on my homepage (
> http://hem.passagen.se/melki9/halma.htm ).
> In my suggestion of smaller board versions I, firstly, employ
> Sackson's rule
> of forced outjump. To this I add that backwards movements and
> jumps are
> prohibited. This implies that movement directions are reduced
> from 8 to 5.
> These Halma variants can be played on a division of the Halma
> board (or
> the Go board, or the chessboard). In China and Japan they often use a
> division of the big 19x19 Go board for other games, such as certain
> 5-in-a-row games.
>
> Mats
>
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