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Marbles aka Knikkerspel; ビー玉; Murmelspiel; Jeu de bille
Marbles date back prior to written history at to at least 3000BC Egypt. As simple as it seems, game play can be trickier than you may think and the stakes can be high. Not only can you lose a handfull of marbles by some winner take all rules, but many believe that an epic marbles battle between two young men, over the hand of a local milk maiden in the late 1500s is what set the tradition of the British and World Marbles Championship in Tinsley Green UK each year. In that case, the winner took all.
Marbles have long been a very favorite for children and peaked in popularity around the 1920s. It continued to be popular until about the mid 1960s with the introduction of the TV which brought kids indoors and away from the marbles seen. Marbles still remains popular in certain circles and locations and is undergoing a small renaissance.
See our Board Games Page for more on great games and other games which may incorporate marbles.
There are many marble games and sub-variants of each. Examples include:
Ring Games - shoot marbles out of or into a circle (circle made by drawing circle in dirt, with string, with painter's tape, markers on board, chalk, etc. )
Ringer - Classic marble game where you knock marbles out of a ring
Ring Taw - knock marbles out of an inner circle while keeping shooter in outer ring.
English Ring Taw - Place marbles in a circle a few feet in diameter. Players shoot from behind a Taw line. If your shooter stops within the circle, it becomes a target and you'll need to use another marble as a shooter. If a player has no more marbles to shoot, they are out of the game.
Increase Pound - variant of Ring Taw where you pay into the pound
Potsies aka Dubs or 25-A-Dub or 100-A-Dub - A play for keeps game where players place a predetermined amount of marbles in the "pot". Marbles are arranged in an "X" pattern. The object is to nick marbles out of the ring while keeping your shooter in the ring. If your shooter leaves the ring, the next player gets to shoot. The first player to win a majority (13 in a 25-A-Dub, 51 in 100-A-Dub) wins the game.
Pot II - Target marbles are placed within a small within a larger "boarder" ring. The goal it to knock out as many marbles as possible. You keep the marbles you knock out.
Circle - A designated number of marbles are placed in a pot within a 5 foot wide ring. A shooting area is marked two or three shoe lengths away. The goal is to knock out target marbles while keeping your shooter in the ring. If a target marble is hit and comes within six inches of the perimeter, the shooter is given another try.
Lag -"A number of boys put marbles in a ring, and then they all bowl at the ring. The one who gets nearest has the first shot at the marbles. He has the option of either 'knuckling doon' and shooting at the ring from the prescribed mark, or 'ligging up'-- that is, putting his taw so near the ring that if the others miss his taw, or miss the marbles in the ring, has the game all to himself next time. If, however, he is hit by the others, he is said to be 'killed.'" Placement of marbles is crucial in this game.
Fort - This game uses 4 concentric circles. Players take turns hitting marbles out of 3rd outermost ring. If they hit it out of the ring, they win it. If they miss, they pay one marble to "Fort". Players then work inwards to the fort. Winner has the most marbles at the end.
Shelly - Marbles are placed in square. Players take turns hitting those marbles out. Marbles must "fly" out and roll outs don't count. You can hit from elevated positions and with steely balls.
Newwark Killer - Make a small ring out of a shoelace. Players take turns shooting/rolling 10 marbles into ring from 10 feet away. Player with the most marbles in the hole is the 'Killer'. The 'Killer' can shoot at any marble out of the ring. If they hit, they keep that marble. Killing stops when they miss or run out of marbles.
String of Pearls - marbles placed evenly spaced on the inside of a 3-4ft or 90-120cm diameter circle which is centered in a larger 8ft diameter circle. Players shoot from outside the outer circle at inner ring. If you knock a marble out of place, you keep it. A player looses their turn when they fail to hit another marble.
Killy and Three-Corner Killy - Triangle marble games.
Three-And-Your-Own - a triangle is set up, often on uneven terrain. A marble is set up at each corner of the triangle. A shooter tries to hit the marbles off the corner and out of the triangle. Hitting all three means the shooter keeps the marbles. If the shooter misses, the shooter loses their shooter to the triangle maker.
Corner the Market - A square is drawn and marbles are placed inside. The goal is to knock out as many marbles as possible. Oversized steelies or scaboulders are often bowled for their notable blasting power.
The Pyramid - A pyramid is made from 4 marbles and place in the center of a circle. Players take turns shooting at pyramid. Marbles knocked out are kept. Players pay a marble of each shot.
Hoshidashi and Marubee-Dashi ["Out from Star" and "Marble Soup"?] - In Hoshidashi, one draws out a star, a pitch line and a wavy line 4-5 meters opposite. Player toss their shooters from the pitch line at the wavy line. Player closest to the wavy line goes first. Players then shoot from wavy line and try to knock marbles out of star. Marubee-Dashi uses a ring instead of a star.
Football aka Fats - Ring is football shaped. Marbles knocked out of football are kept. Some rules call for shooters stopping in the football as being lost.
Square Games - square rings can be fun too.
Shooting at Holes - shoot marbles towards holes in ground. This is particularly great in sandy areas like the beach or sandy desert. There are many variants of these games and a fea are listed below.
Rolley Hole - Similar to crocket. Teams of two work through a course of twelve holes made by 3 holes. The goal is for your team to complete the course first. In the process, you can knock your opponent's marbles out of bounds and slow them down.
Cherry Pit - Shakespeare wrote about this marble game in his Twelfth Nightht
Flick your shooter marble from anywhere outside a 7 foot diameter ring at marbles around a 1 foot diameter hole in the center of the ring. If you knock a marble into the hole while keeping your shooter out, you keep that marble. Player with the most marbles at the end wins.
Hundreds - Players shoot marble into hole. If they both hit - no points. If one his and other player misses - 10 points to player who hit. If neither hit, first player tries to hit second player's marble. Hit means 10 points and second chance at hitting hole. Miss mean second player gets chance at hitting first player's marble. A hit likewise means 10 points and second chance at hitting. First player to one hundred wins.
Bunhole - Get as close to hole without getting in hole. You can knock other player's marbles in the hole - but you'll need to keep your out to win.
Potty - A hole is dug 7 feet from throw line. The goal is to get in the hole, but not too close if you miss. Once in the hole, you keep any marble a span's width from the edge of the hole. If the next player gets in the hole, that player gets three chances of hitting your marble out of the hole. If that player fails to hit your marble out of the hole, you get three chances to hit theirs out. The defender can substitute their marble for a Pee Wee and the attacer can substitute their marble for an oversized scaboulder.
Pot - Similar to Pot, but marbles are placed in circle around the hole. Once in the hole, the player can take shots at the marbles around the hole, keeping those that are knocked out of the circle.
Puggy - marbles are scattered randomly in front of 6 inch hole (Puggy). Players take turns shooting from a 10 foot line. Goal is to hit marbles into hole.
Newark Killer - players toss marble at hole from 8 foot mark. Once a marble makes a hole, it can shoot at other marbles. If hit, the player is eliminated from the game, loses his shooter and pays up a predetermined bounty.
Black Snake - Course is make up 7 holes a in serpentine shape and at differing intervals. Players take turns shooting from hole to hole from head to tail. A hit in hole allows for an extra shot. Once they get to the last hole, they must sequentially hit each hole back to the head. Once a player reaches the head, that player becomes a Black Snake. A Black Snake can hit other player's marbles take them out of the game. If a Black Snake is hit into or falls in a hole, it is taken out. You can have multiple black snakes at the same time. Last man standing wins.
Poisoned - You'll need a single 1-2 inch hole. Players take turns taking shots at hole. If they miss, they shot from where it lays. Once a marble gets in the hole, it becomes 'Poisoned'. A 'Poisoned' marble can hit other marbles and take them out. If another player gets their marble into the hole, it is now the 'Poisoned' marble the the previous one is healed. Hitting other marbles with a non-'Poisoned' marble is permitted and a successful hit give you a free shot. If you hit a 'Poisoned' marble, you are dead. Last man standing wins.
Poison - a four hole game with three holes lined up and the fourth off to the side. Players must go from the first hole to second to third, back to the first then back to the second and third. They can then go to the forth "Poison" hole. Once a player is "Poison" that player can go after other players. If they hit another player, they keep that marble.
Three Holes - There three holes lined up. If a player get in each of the three holes, all other players pay that player one marble. After hitting on hole, players can shoot at other players' TAW. If another player's TAW is hit, they have to pay up one marble. One all three holes are hit, player can start over and hit them again.
Nucks - Australian game with 3 shallow holes a yard apart from each other. Shooting a marble into a hole or hitting another player's marble gives you an additional shot. The first player to traverse the three holes three times is the wins.
Spanning - A Long Island game with three holes 10 feet apart. Players start 20 feet from the first holes. Once in a hole, they can span to the edge of the hole and shoot from there. Once a player gets in each of the three holes, they can hunt for other players. When a hunting player hits another player's marble, that player is eliminated from play and must pay a predetermined bounty.
Five-Holes found on 17th century Dutch delft tiles. More or less golf - hit sequential holes with least amount of bowls.
Rolly-polly - a five hole game. Players start 10 feet from the first hole. After all holes are hit, the player can attack other players.
Da bawh ji - Chinese game where five holes are arranged in a pentagon and a single hole is placed in the middle. Players must hit each outer hole in a counter-clockwise direction and then the center hole. First one into the center hole wins. Reaching a hole or hitting another player give you an additional shoot.
Nine Holes - Very popular 19th Century game in London. Nine holes are arranged in an "S" shape. Basically golf. Goal is to complete the course with the fewest bowls. You generally don't hit other marbles along the way.
found on 17th century Dutch delft tiles
Poison Hole - 11 hole version of Nine Holes
Holilakes - Dig a single hole and players take turns tossing their marbles at the hole. First one in the hole wins.
Holy Bang - marble placed in hole. Players take turns trying to hit target. First player to hit marble 3 times wins.
Marble Golf - The game of Golf actually originated from marbles
tlc.howstuffworks.com marble-activities-for-kids2 Black Snake Marble Golf
Nine Holes - miniature golf game with or without obstacles
Tengoku-Jigoku aka Heaven or Hell; Five Holes (Japan) - Five holes are set up 1-3 meters apart like so:
Start in Hell and shoot for Heaven. Then 2, 1, 2, 3, 2 and Hell.
Handlers aka Tip-Shears - You need a 3inch wide hole about a foot from a wall. Players each toss a marble at the hole. The closest to the hole is player one; the second closest is player two; etc. Each player hands player one two marbles each. Player one tosses each of these at the hole. Player one keeps any marbles which make it in the hole. Remaining marble are passed to player two who tried to get them in the hole. This continues until marbles are exhausted. After this, players hand two marbles to player two and so on until every player gets a first throw.
Last Clams - This hole game is played in the snow. A tightly packed hole is made at the bottom of a snow bank. Everyone yells "last clam!" The fist person to yell this goes last (the advantage position). Players can take a shot with the marble in the palm of one hand by hitting it with the knuckle of another - generally with glove on. Players can also make a trench in the snow pointing at the hole if they desire, but this has it's own drawbacks. Players with following turns can use these trenches and get an additional hit if their marble hits your marble, which is more or less a sitting duck in the trench.
"The Great American Marble Book" by Fred Ferretti.
Shooting at Marbles - No rings or holes needed...just shooting at other marbles.
Boss-Out aka Boss and Span; Hit and Span; Spans; Spanners and Snops - Ancient Roman game. First player tosses marble into an area. Second player tries to hit a marble. If they miss, they can try to 'Span' the marbles. Spanning is when a player place their thumb on their marble and index finger on the second marble in question. If they can bring these two marbles together when drawing up their hand, they win both. Hits allow you to take both marbles. If a player misses, they leave their marble on the ground. The next player can try hitting any marble in the play area.
Spanners - centralconnector.com marbles
Spans and Snops - books.google.com/books The Boy's own book
Bost-About - same rules as Boss-Out but marbles are pitched not shot with thumb and forefinger (index finger).
Shakutori [Measuring Worm] (Japan) - Player throw/place "target" marble randomly. Players take turns tossing their throwing in the shooter. Players collect all marbles with a span (length between thumb and forefinger (index finger)) of shooter.
Bounce About - First player throws marble out about 5 feet, preferable a medium size marble. The second player throws out a marble and tries to hit the first. The Third throws one out and tries to hit either. If a marble is hit, player owning the marble hit must pay up a marble (generally not the one "bouncer" which was hit).
Conqueror - First player shots a marble out at the distance of that player's choosing. The next player tries to hit that marble. If that player hits it, it becomes their property. If you take the last marble, you must throw in another. If you fail to hit a marble, you leave yours on the field. If a player shoots a marble and it bounces off several other marbles, all of those marbles are conquered.
Dobblers and Picking Plumbs - marbles are lined up with double the diameter of a marble between each marble. Players take turns shooting at marbles.
Long TAW - Two players place a marble 6 feet apart. Player one takes a shot at one marble from 6 feet away with his TAW. If the marble is hit, player can shoot at second marble. If second marble is hit, player wins that round. If the player fails to win round, the second player gets a chance at shooting marble and TAW. If the TAW is hit, that player captures marbles on the ground.
Off the Wall aka Knock Out and Lag Out - set marble in front of wall or toss at wall so it bounces back less than a yard. Players take turns bouncing their marble off of the back wall into the target marble. If they miss, they leave their marble in place. If they hit, they collect the target marble and all other marbles and another marble is thrown in. First player to collect ten marbles wins.
One Step - Line up marbles. Player takes one step and throws marble from standing position. If a marble is hit, player gets another throw from where the TAW stopped.
Crackers - a marble is placed on a sidewalk with lots of cracks. Players take turns shooting from a 10 foot line. If they hit the marble, they win a predetermined number of marbles. If they miss, they forfeit their marble.
Death From Above - Dropping Marble from above to hit opponent's marble. This is still a game option when your playing surface isn't flat.
Dropsies - Drop marbles onto marbles in square or ring. You can't straddle the square/ring, but you can lean over it.
Chasies - American version of Boss-Out. If your marble lands within a step of another but beyond a Span, you can perform a Bombsies. A Bombsies is when you drop your marble from above to try to hit another. A hit wins you the bomber and potentially the target depending on your rules
Bound Eye - Players take turns dropping a single marble into 1 foot diameter circle. Players get to keep the marble they knock out of the circle. If a player fails to hit any marbles out, their dropped marble stays in the circle.
Mehajiki - heals are placed together and toes point out. Drop shooter from eye level to hit marbles.
Marble Courses aka Traveling Marbles, Finger Croquet, Card Table Golf - Various versions of this with goal to move over a course by shooting and moving from point to point.
mondialbilles.com - Marble Sand courses
Sequentially hit marbles arranged around a room
Rocky Mountains Marble Path - Obstacle course for marbles. Rocks and roots must be negotiated.
Finger-Croquet aka Marble Croquet
books.google.com/books OZrVSjdmieEC - stacked courses with holes.
Shooting at Targets - shoot or roll marbles into holes in a box or board or other targets
Nine Holes - hit marbles into numbered arches sequentially. This was originally done with a wooden arch, but a cardboard box can work also.
Bridge Board aka Archboard; Nine Holes; Marble Arch - board has numbered arches. Take turns to shoot marbles into archers. Hit marble into archway and you win that many marbles. You miss and you lose your marble. Sometimes iron bullets are used instead of marbles. The number configuration varies from arch to arch.
tlc.howstuffworks.com marble-games-for-kids1 Funhouse Marble Game
HABA 2579 Murmelspiele - Marbles Tin Game
Marble Maze aka Knikker Labyrint - Roll over a board with holes in it. You can use a simple shoebox with holes in it, or complex 3 dimensional structures with tubes, tunnels, spinning wheels, etc.
Marble Bowling - shoot/roll them at miniature bowling pins
frugalfun4boys.com diy-marble-bowling-game - pencil eraser bowling pins
amazon.com B000232ZUS - bowling ball may not be present
Penguin Bowling Mega Kit perseusbooksgroup.com 0762431903
perseusbooksgroup.com 0762444851 Zombie Bowling
Marble Guessing Games - Guess what's in my hand.
Eggs in the Bush - One player holds marbles in hand. Second player tries to guess how many are in hand. If they guess correctly, they win than many marbles. If they guess incorrectly, they must pay up the difference between the number of marble in the hand and the guess.
Odds or Evens - Players take turns guessing if marbles in hand are even or odd. If you guess correctly, you win a marble. If you guess incorrectly, you pay up a marble.
Tossing Games - throwing marbles into targets
Toss them into cups or egg cartons
Marble Mats and Game Surfaces - There are many marble mat designs which can allow for all sorts of fun. If you use a rope as a backstop, you can easily contain your marbles in a reasonable play area.
These generally have a Bulls Eye theme or sports theme
Other cups, ramps and surfaces of marbles can be great fun.
Marble Soccer - great for those football diehards
uk.opitec.com Magnetic football
Don't forget your Soccer Ball Shooter:
amazon.com B000232ZUS - soccer ball may not be present
Die Shot - A die (single dice) is balanced on a marble which has been ground down for more stability. Players pay one marble to make a shot from a predetermined line. If this knocks the die off, they receive the number of marbles noted by the top face of the die after it lands.
Tic Tac Toe - Draw a grid in the dirt and play tic tac toe with marbles. Shooting at a Tic-Tac-Toe grid is optional.
Marble War - Hitting toy soldiers with marbles. Game play can be just a shooting gallery or include more sophisticated dynamics such as troop movement, dice rolls and even hand to hand combat rules.
Shoot soldiers with marbles
Fling marbles with catapults, canons or marble shooters (see our Catapults Game Page)
The Conqueror - A battle game where you try to literally destroy (conquer) other marbles. Great fun as a child, but perhaps not a great game to teach your child.
There is an entire world of collectable marbles. This section is not intended to be a comprehensive guide but more of a short list of basic terminology.
blocksite.com online-marble-id-guide aka marblecollecting.com
buymarbles.com ID Guide Home
joemarbles.com Marble Pictures Home Page
Common Marble Patterns - There are many common patterns such as patch, ribbon, butterfly, and...
Swirl - A swirl of colors
Onyx aka Slag - Can be very similar to a swirl and has onyx appearance
Two Color Swirls - In the 1950s, two-color patch and ribbon marbles became very popular.
Bumblebee - modern, machine-made marble; mostly yellow with two black strips on each side.
Cub Scouts - blue and yellow
Girl Scouts - green and yellow
Wasps - black and red
Watermelons - green and red
Toothpaste - Also known as "Plainsies" in Canada. Wavy streaks usually with red, blue, black, white, orange.
Turtle - wavy streaks containing green and yellow
Tiger- Clear with orange/yellow stripes
Ade - strands of opaque white and color, making lemon-ade, lime-ade, orange-ade, etc. Early florescent ones were made with uranium oxide and molten glass. Later florescent ones were patented as Vaseline glass. Stick them under a blacklight and watch them glow.
Oxblood - a streaky patch resembling blood
Corkscrew and Spirals and Snakes - The Akro company perfected the “spiral” or “corkscrew” pattern. Color(s) will spiral around the marble from pole to pole without touching.
Snake - Looks like a snake
Swirly - is a common marble made out of glass with one swirly color.
Opaque - a rather uninteresting marble, but popular. Comes in many colors.
Crystal or Clearie or Purie - any clear colored glass - including "opals," "glimmers," "bloods," "rubies," etc. These can have any number of descriptive names such as "deep blue sea", "blue moon", "green ghost", "brass bottle". Like cat eyes, clearies are very common. In the 1950s, these were used to make "fried" marbles - they were heated and immediately submerged in cool water to cause internal fractures.
Princess - a tinted crystal
Galaxy - modern, machine-made marble; lots of dots inserted to look like like a sky of stars
Oilie or Oily - Opaque with a rainbow, iridescent finish
Pearls - Opaque with single color with "mother of pearl" finish
Lutz - antique, handmade German swirl, containing bands of fine copper flakes that glitter like gold. Erroneously thought to have been invented by noted glassmaker Nicholas Lutz. Medium-high value for antique marbles, depending on specific sub-type of Lutz design.
Onionskin - antique, handmade German swirl, with many closely packed surface streaks. Medium price range for antique marbles. Similar in looks were End-of-Day marbles which are made by rolling glass over the leftover glass chips at the end of the day to make a very unique marble generally given away as a treat.
Clambroth - equally spaced opaque lines on a milk-white opaque base. Rare clams can have blue or black base glass. Medium-high value for antique marbles; rare base color valued much higher.
Cat's Eye or catseye - central eye-shaped colored inserts or cores (injected inside the marble). These were introduced by Japan in the 1950s and produced by the millions in the east.
Devil's Eye - red with yellow eye
Beachball - three colors and six vanes
Banana - looks like a banana or a funny colored banana
Beachball - looks like a beachball
Latticinio Swirls - Most common handmade marbles
Alley aka Real - are made of marble or alabaster (aka alley). They are usually streaked wavy or with distinct patterns.
Aggie - made of agate (aggie is short for agate) or glass resembling agate, with various patterns like in the alley. Aggies are used as favorite shooters as Agate is denser than most other marbles. As it is impossible to distinguish antique from modern aggies, there collector price has remained reasonable. The Bullseye patterns are considered a favorite.
China - glazed porcelain, with various patterns similar to an alley marble. Geometric patterns have low value; flowers or other identifiable objects can command high prices.
Plaster - a form of china that is unglazed
Commie or Common - made of clay; natural color or monochrome coloration. Made in huge quantities during 19th and early 20th centuries. Common, not very attractive; thus almost no value.
Bennington - clay fired in a kiln with salt glaze -- usually brown, often blue. Other colorations fairly scarce. Fairly low value..
Crock - made from crockery (earthenware) clay
Croton Alley or Jasper - Jaspers are a variegated white-bodied stoneware (glazed and unglazed china) with different colored lines of blue, green and rarely pink, running through the body of the marble
Indian - antique, handmade German marble; dark and opaque, usually black, with overlaid groups of color bands; usually white, and one or more other colors. Can also have many colors like blue, green and scarlet. Medium price range for antique marbles.
Mica - antique, handmade German marble; glassy to translucent with streaks or patches of mica, ranging from clear to misty. Value depends on glass color.
Modern, Contemporary and Reproduction (Fake) - This refers to a modern made marbles.
Steely - a steely is a marble made from steel. Ball bearings are often used as shooters as they are easy to come by, are available in different sizes, are durable and have a lot of mass. A true steely is formed from a flat sheet of steel and has an "X" seem where the corners come together.
Sulphide - antique, handmade German marble; large (1.25 to 3+ inch) clear glass sphere with a small statuette or figure inside. Most common are domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, cows, etc.; then wild animals; human figures are scarce; inanimate objects such as a train or pocket watch are very rare and command high prices. The interior figures are made of white clay or kaolin, and appear a silvery color due to light refraction. A sulphide with a colored-glass sphere, or with a painted figure inside, is also very rare and brings a high price. Like other types of antique marbles, sulphides have been reproduced and faked in large quantities.
How to Shoot Marbles
Shooting marbles is harder than it may appear for those new to marbles. That said, with practice, players can develope quite an aim.
image - "Marble Madness" by Amanda O'Neill.
This is a reasonably simple way to shoot a marble. First, curl up all your fingers. Then rest your marble in your curled forefinger (index finger). Put your thumbnail behind the marble. Kneel and bend over. Then aim and flick your thumb to shoot the marble. You don't need to place your shooting hand on the ground.
Although this technique may seem awkward to a new shooter, it can allow for increased accuracy over other techniques. It is like Fulking, but you must rest the knuckle of your forefinger (index finger) on the ground.
forefinger (index finger) is placed behind thumb and behind marble on the ground. The forefinger (index finger) is released and flicks the marble forward. This is a simple technique and used in many "shoot where it lies" games.
One can use their thumb to flick a marble on the ground. The thumb allows for a wider base and many marble shooters have more experience and skill with their thumb over their forefinger (index finger).
Shooter stands over target and holds marble out at eye level. Release the marble and allow it to fall onto your target. Great game technique for uneven surfaces.
image - "Marble Madness" by Amanda O'Neill.
You throw your shooting marble underhand or roll it on the ground.
Image via rawimpression.blogspot /how-we-play
Here is a technique used in India and South Vietnam.
Also see ta. Wiki கோலி scanned from the book “vanishing games of Tamil Nadu” மறைகின்ற விளையாடுகள் published in 2002
Used for Finger Soccer.
The act of shooting in an arch through the air to hit a marble.
A span is the distance between the full reach of your thumb and any other finger in the same hand. To make a span shot, place your thumb behind one marble and another finger behind a second marble. Draw the marble together to make them click.
You can use the back of your hand or knuckle when gloves are worn. This allows for marble games in icy weather.
Certain games allow you to toss your marble as you like.
Simple Ramp Launcher
This launcher comes with the Sports Marbles set and allows new players and the uncoordinated to shoot marbles. DIY ramps are easy to make.
A tube is used in Wood Wars to launch marbles at wood pawns as well as hold the game pieces for storage. Hold the loading end of the tube 12" (30 cm) above the table, point it at the target unit, and drop the marbles through. Any pawn knocked over is a casualty. This game is similar to HG Wells' Little Wars game in many ways.
When playing with inexperienced players or for shoot'm up games, a purpose made marble shooter can be a lot of fun.
Crossfire Rapid Fire Shooting Game
Crossfire uses a plastic gun with a ramp to propel steel marbles onto its playing zone.
Japanese B-Daman marble shooters.
DaGeDar Rapid Fire Power Launcher
Vertical Marble Launchers
DIY version are very doable.
There are a number of ways to make a marble cannon or catapult. See our Catapults Game Page for more on cannons and catapults which can launce marbles.
Marbles Related Links and Resources
Wiki Marble (toy)
Wiki British World Marbles Championship
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bjn Wiki Kalékér
br Wiki Kanetenn
ca Wiki Bala (joc)
cs Wiki Kuličky
de Wiki Murmelspiel
el Wiki Μπάλα
eo Wiki Rulglobeto
es Wikibooks Canicas
fa Wiki تیله
fa Wiktionary توشله
fr Wiki Jeu de bille
he Wiki גולות
id Wiki Kelereng
it Wiki Biglia
jv Wiki Nčkeran
ko Wiki 구슬
ku Wiki Xar
ml Wiki ഗോലി
no Wiki Klinkekule
nl Wiki Knikker
simple Wiki Marbles
sl Wiki Frnikola
sr Wiki Kliker
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ta Wiki கோலி
tr Wiki Misket
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