It is a simple game but many a master's thesis has analyzed the strategy and mathematics behind it. But you do not need to have a doctorate to have fun playing it.
There are 15 holes that are initially filled with 14 objects or pegs. You move the pieces by jumping one over the next piece in line. You can only jump to an open spot. You cannot jump off the board. You remove the piece that is jumped over. The object of the game is to leave the fewest pieces on the board as possible.
JUMP EACH WRITING STICK AND REMOVE IT
LEAVE ONLY ONE - YOU'RE AN Fn GENIUS
LEAVE TWO AND YOUR PURTY SMART, EVEN FOR A YANKEE
LEAVE THREE AND YOU'RE JUST PLAIN STOOPID,
YOU MUST BE A CITY SLICKER
LEAVE FOUR OR MOR'N YOUR'E JUST PLAIN
This NachoMahma Instructables version is here for you to hack using your hillbilly sensibility. The office supply contest version is shown.
1 Not an endorsement but recommendation, if you ever have the urge for chicken and dumplings. And whatever happened to their "pine-tar" potatoes?
Step 1: Raid your stash
You need some basic tools:
Measuring tape or ruler.
Drill with 1/2 inch drill bit
Framer's square, speed square or architect's triangle and T-square
Glue, I prefer carpenter's glue which has a higher tack/stickness
Every woodworker I know has a stash of cutoffs, scraps left over from previous projects.
Find a piece of wood 1x6 stock, 20 inches long or two 10 inch long pieces.
You could also cut out from plywood, or laminate or build up from smaller pieces.
Power tools make things easier but you could also work with a brace with auger or spade bit, and whatever hand saw you have available.
Heck, I reckon you can even whittle this from a fallen log or stump.