Movies & TV Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for movie and tv enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

On season 6 episode 9 of Numb3rs John Buckley mentions a game that he played in prison. What was the game that he mentioned, and is it a real game?

share|improve this question
This is the western version of the game. – user21203 May 13 '15 at 17:31
There is an exciting variation available for android too… – Namit Sinha Jun 2 '15 at 11:47
up vote 9 down vote accepted

According to this transcript, the game is called Jeu Militaire, also known as the French Military Game thought it has nothing to do with France or the military. It is a strategy game that works like this:

The game is played against the computer with the two players alternating turns. You control the three black pieces while the computer controls the remaining red piece. You always go first.

The pieces move along the lines to the adjacent spots. The red computer piece can move in any direction along those lines, while your black pieces cannot go in a backward (downward) direction.

To move, drag a black piece to valid adjacent location. You win the game by trapping the computer where it cannot move within 20 turns. As an example, if the black pieces were at the lower left, middle, and upper left spots and the red piece was trapped at the middle left, you would win.

The computer wins by reaching the very bottom, where it cannot be caught.

enter image description here

There appears to be a downloadable freeware version called Hare - it requires additional downloads, so I have not tested it.

share|improve this answer

I found a framed game with Union Generals in each corner called Militaire. It has 6 circles of peg-holes and Ironclad ships battling in the center. Manufactured by Newland, Detroit. N.D.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.