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Got this the other day thinking it was chinese checkers with a few marbles missing from some colors, because there are two sets of 7, two sets of 8, and two sets of 10 marbles, but upon setting it up, realized the board doesn't have enough holes to be chinese checkers.

 
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Harvey Wasserman
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It could be a variation of Chinese Checkers, with each player starting with 9 marbles in a diamond pattern. Is the board made of marble? Any indication where it was made?

Edit: Chinese Checkers has two players starting with 15 marbles each; or, 10 marbles each when there are more than 2 players.

If your game pieces are complete, then 2 players would start with 10 marbles each. 3 or 4 players would start with 8 marbles each. And, 5 or 6 players would start with 7 marbles each (perhaps in a hexagon pattern for the 7 marbles).
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Or some type of solitaire game?
 
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Aye, I think it is Peg Solitaire
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It is marble, no writing on it at all. Hmm, be an unusual peg solitaire, but very well could be, it has 6 different colored sets of marbles, which is why i assumed chinese checkers, but it's a row short on each side of the star.
 
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Is the label just for the price? Was it one-of-kind where you bought it?

It definitely isn't a DIY project. It required precision machinery to cut and polish the marble, and to create the indentations for the marbles perfectly. And no instructions with the game -- because the rules are already known? This game had to be made on a production line, perhaps by the hundreds.

Take a look at this pdf file:
http://clear.unt.edu/Content/NGEN_Course_Redesign/reports/qe...

And this board that is 73-hole Chinese Checkers (which is what you have):
http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Chinese-Checkers-Magnetic-Fold...
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thank you for the links, I had only seen the larger boards before with 6 sets of 10 marbles, I see now that the linked to board does match what I have. I bought this at a local yard sale for $1.00, didn't look closely enough to realize it was a smaller board until I got home. I guess the other colored marbles are for 2 and 3 player variations then, surprised there are still 6 colors of marbles then, unless they may not be the original marbles.

I think your earlier post about the number of marbles for number of players may just be what it is for then, interesting, not what I had expected, but still pretty cool for $1
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Junker wrote:
I think your earlier post about the number of marbles for number of players may just be what it is for then, interesting, not what I had expected, but still pretty cool for $1

Yup, pretty cool to get a marble game board for a $1. And now we know about some variations for Chinese Checkers (which is neither Chinese, nor Checkers). There are also other variations on amazon.com, which I hadn't seen before.
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Looks like the Q-Bert/Escher variant to me.
 
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