How to Play MANCALA!!!: The first in a series of Instructables (well, I might not make the others I’ll try to remember) known as “How to play “. In this series, I. Mancala Game Rules. Mancala is a name given to a large family of “Pit and Seeds” or “Count, Sow and Capture” games – one of the oldest games known. The Mancala board consists of 2 rows. There are six small cups in each row, and a larger cup, the Mancala, is located at either end. Place the board between.

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Depending on the last hole sown in a lap, a player may capture stones from the board.

Like other board gamesmancala games have led to psychological studies. With a two-rank board, players usually are considered to control their respective sides of the board, although moves often are made into the opponent’s side. Subscribe to our Feed via RSS.

How to play Mancala: What are the Mancala Rules?

The objective is usually to rupes all or some set of the opponent’s pieces. Multiple laps or relay sowing is a frequent feature of mancala games, although not universal. With a four-rank board, players control an inner row and an outer row, and a player’s seeds will remain in these closest two rows unless the opponent captured them.

The game has no African origins despite many claims to the contrary, even by its inventor, because there is no such game in the whole of Africa. Some historians believe that Mancala is the oldest game in the world based on the archaeological evidence found in Jordan that dates around BCE. When relay sowing, if the last seed during sowing lands in an occupied hole, all the contents of that hole, including the last sown seed, are immediately re-sown from rulse hole.


The Arabic contributions to the English language: The Mancala-board is made up of two rows of six mancsla or pits.

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Almost modern invented versions have also been described. This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat Take now all 3 stones green, red and blue and place them in your store mancala. Two Mancala tables from the early 18th century are to be found in Weikersheim Castle in southern Germany.

If a player ends his stone with a point move he gets a “free turn”.

Mancala – Wikipedia

This distribution has been linked to migration routes, which may go back several hundred years. Place all captured stones into your Mancala. Place the board between you and your opponent. Stones must be placed into your own larger Mancala maancala, but not into your opponents. The game continues with players alternating turns.

It spread from Egypt through other parts of Africa, probably with traders moving up and down the Nile. Most mancala games share a rhles general game play.

mancaoa Two rows of five holes etched into the back revealed that “it was also used to support a board game called Mancala, derived from the Arabic word naqala, meaning literally move,” said the lead archaeologist, thus referring to the explanations provided by Irving Finkelan expert on ancient games in the British Museum.

If you drop a stone into your own store, deposit it and that stone is safe. Sometimes, large holes on the ends of the board, called storesare used for holding the pieces. As soon as all the six pits on one side of the board have been emptied, the game ends. He started selling it inpatented the design and rules in the s and founded the Kalah Game Company in Holbrook, Massachusetts in rues How to play Mancala: The winner is determined by counting stones in the Mancalas.


The six small cups and the Mancala on your side of the board belong to you, and the cups and Mancala on your opponents side of the board belong to her.

According to the Mancala Mzncala, the game is over when a player empties all six cups on his side. Setting up Before you begin to play, set up the game board. These are like standard multilaps, but instead of continuing the movement with the contents of the last hole filled, a player continues with the next hole.

In Uhlig, Siegbert von. Once you placed all the stones, your turn ends and your opponent repeats the process.

The player who has still have stones left on his side of the board will capture all of those stones. Mancala – Real Wood Folding Set. In a process known as sowingall the seeds from a hole are dropped one-by-one into subsequent holes in a motion wrapping around the board. The Nano-Wari board has eight seeds in just two pits; Micro-Wari has a total of four seeds in four pits.