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Halma (from the Greek word meaning "jump") is a board game invented in 1883 or 1884 by an American plastic surgeon at Harvard Medical School, George Howard Monks. An English game called Hoppity was the inspiration.
Playing equipment consists of a checkered board, divided into 16 x 16 squares. Pieces are typically black and white for two-player games, and of various colours or other distinction in games of four players. In the Royal Series edition the playing pieces are pink and yellow (not supplied with the game). It is also a two player variant only.
From a rulebook introduction:
"The game of Halma is played with a number of men on a board with 256 squares. Two or four persons can play the game, or it may be played by one person as a solitaire.
In each corner of the board there are thirteen squares, called a yard, inclosed (sic) by dotted red lines. These yards are used when four persons play. In two of the four corners of the board a heavy red line..."
This edition of Halma from Schmidt Spiele is very nice for the price: the playing board is double-sided, so you can play on the 16x16 board traditionally known as a halma board, or you can play (on the other side) on a star-shaped board, known as Chinese Checkers. You get wooden pawns, enough so that you can play up to 4 players (two of the colors have 19 pieces, because that's how many you need for 2 players, one color has 15 pieces and one 13, because you need fewer pieces when more people are playing). The instruction book contains 24 "variants," some of which are true variants of halma, some of which are really new games to play using the board and pieces. If you are interested in buying this, however, you should note that the instructions are in German, French, Italian, Dutch, and Spanish, but NOT in English.
This was not a problem for me as I speak two of those languages, but not everyone does and I did not see a lack of English instructions noted in the information Funagain provided about the game. Many people already know how to play halma/Chinese Checkers, and you could also find instructions online to use with this set, but you won't be able to take advantage of the 24 ways to play if you can't read the instruction book.