I am guessing that many of you played marbles when you were kids. I know that I did, and most of the boys I grew up with played marbles, as did some of the girls. However, when I have watched scenes in movies and television shows of kids playing marbles, and even in the pictures that I come across of kids playing marbles, it's clear that there is more than one way to play the game. Everyone I knew played it the same way, and it was a little bit like pool, only on the ground, and with marbles. We always played for keeps and, unless there was another reason to cut the game short, such as recess ending or someone having to go home, the game went on until one person had all the marbles. Some marbles were worth more than other marbles, and we can talk about that later. Right now, I want to talk about the way the game was played. I may not remember all of the details, but it went something like this. A small hole would be dug into the ground, and the objective would be to strike your opponent's marble in such a way as to cause it to go into the hole, at which time it became your marble. The opening move was to flick the marble onto the playing field, usually defined by lines scratched into the dirt, although I don't think we always bothered with that. More than two people could play in the same game. Once the marbles were in the playing field, the objective was to strike an opponent's marble, causing it to go into the hole, as you might do in a pool game. If your own marble went into the hole, your turn was over and your marble would become part of the winnings of the next person who succeeded in knocking someone's marble into the hole. You could continue playing as long as you still had marbles, however. I think there were a few other penalties that could come into play, but the details are fuzzy.