- Well, this game I've played myself. And was beaten every
time! It is possible to get the rules from a number of sources
online (listed below). Try Brian Casey's site, for example, and
play online. While there are various versions of the game, the
concept is to start with pieces in each of the places. Most players
place one mover in the first space, and then two in the second
space and three in the third space until there are eight in the
eight place. When play begins, the players pick up all the movers
in a single spot and move them, by depositing them, one at a
time in the spots in front of them. All play moves clockwise.
When the players reach the end of a row, a piece is put in the
end bin, and then around the next side until all the pieces are
played. Players each control one side of the board. The concept
is to see who can move all the pieces of their side of the board
first. Well, that's a pretty poor description, so you should
check out the sites below and get better instructions.
- For more on Mancala boards, see "Mancala Board Games"
by Alexander J. De Voogt, British Museum Press, 1997, (see page
23 for the above 4 x 26 board).