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Solitaire Board and Traditional Games

Available in several different designs, solitaire board and traditional games are manufactured in various materials including wood, glass, plastic and cardboard.

Solitaire is a board game for one player only, which involves movements of pegs or marbles on a board with holes or special indentations. The game's objective is for the player to remove all the pegs or marbles but one, by jumping one over another horizontally or vertically. At the end of the game you should have one remaining piece left in the centre of the board.

Its straightforward rules have made solitaire a widely played classic board game that can be enjoyed by all members of the family. In addition, because of its problem solving gameplay, it is particularly appealing to those who have a mathematical interest.

The origins of solitaire are unclear but the earliest known reference dates back to a 1697 French engraving by Claude-Auguste Berey, in which a 37 hole solitaire board is depicted. Today, a 33 hole board is standard in most countries, although a 37 hole board is most common in France and can be found elsewhere.

Travel solitaire

Many different boards exist within solitaire board and traditional games. As a solo player game, solitaire proves extremely popular as a travelling companion and many solitaire board games are designed specifically as travel sets to be unpacked and played while on the move. Many solitaire board games are manufactured from modern lightweight materials such as plastic and cardboard, making them convenient to both store and carry.

Several solitaire board and traditional games are artisan crafted in different coloured woods and sturdily shaped typically into rounds or sometimes squares, complete with glass marbles or attractive stainless steel balls as playing pieces. Some travel versions may also be designed in compact and beautiful wooden boxes with storage drawers for storing balls between games.

Vintage solitaire board games are also available, most of which contain grand designs and intricate playing pieces. Many vintage board games, particularly solitaire, are made from wood for a more retro appeal. Wooden board games , if well looked after, can last for many years and they make for an interesting display in your home.

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