Wooden Solitaire Boards

Beautifully handcrafted in solid pine

Each board is individually made by hand

These stunning Solitaire boards are fit for the most discerning of tastes and is certainly something to keep out on display. 

Uniquely hand made in Broederstroom by Wild Pig Products to the highest standard of craftsmanship. An assortment of colourful marbles is included to create a product that is sure to draw the eye and much admiration.

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Where did Solitaire come from?

According to a popular story, the Solitaire game was invented by a French aristocrat in the 17th century, when incarcerated in the Bastille, explaining the game’s less common name Solo Noble. In other sources, the invention of the game is attributed to the Native Americans.

The first evidence of the game can be traced back to the court of Louis XIV, and the specific date of 1697, with an engraving made that year by Claude Auguste Berey of Anne de Rohan-Chabot, Princess of Soubise, with the puzzle by her side. Several works of art from that time show solitaire or ‘peg solitaire’ boards, demonstrating that the game was highly fashionable.

 

 The game of Solitaire is most commonly played on a 33 point board  in a cross shape with 32 pegs, marbles or pieces. 

Solitaire can also be played on other shapes of board – two of the most interesting are a 41 point board (take the 33 point board and add 3 extra points at the 4 ends of the cross) and the 45 point board (take the 37 point board and add a single point in the middle of each of the 4 square ends – to makes a square).

 The game is set up so that pieces fill every hole except the middle hole.

The objective is to remove every piece except one, with the final piece ending up in the centre hole. Solitaire is played by one person and is therefore technically not a game at all, but a puzzle.

The player makes successive capturing moves, removing a single piece each turn until is it impossible to make any more capturing moves.

Each turn, the player captures a piece by jumping over that piece orthogonally (not diagonally) from one adjacent point to the vacant adjacent point on the other side.

Therefore, the first turn can be made only by jumping a piece into the middle hole from one of 4 possible points.

 Once you have mastered the basic game, target a different hole as the hole that the final piece should finish in. You can also aim to get certain patterns of pieces left over.

Interestingly, it has been deduced that the 37 point board is less complex than the 33 point board.

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