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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Mancala is a game that first appeared in Africa, and later, rrules ancient near east. If you run into your opponent’s store, skip it. In Uhlig, Siegbert von. Mancala Traditional board games.

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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. Place the board between you and your opponent. The process usually will continue until sowing ends in an empty hole. Cross captures are made when their last piece falls into an empty pit on a player’s side, opposite an occupied pit on the opponent’s side. The Mancala board consists of 2 rows. A second turn is allowed when it falls into the Kalah.

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

On your turn, pick up all the stones in one of the smaller cups on your side. The holes may be referred to rule “depressions”, “pits”, or “houses”. He started selling it inpatented the design and rules in the s and founded the Kalah Game Company in Holbrook, Massachusetts in They usually consist of colorful marbles or beads. Another common way to receive “multiple laps” is when the final seed sown lands in your designated hole.


The materials include clay and other shape-able materials. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mancala. If the sowing action stops after dropping the last seed, mancalz game is considered a single lap game.

The name is a classification or type of game, rather than any specific game. The Arabic contributions to the English language: The six small holes on your side of the game board belong to you. There are about different Mancala games, some ruls are simple like Kalah or Oware but others like Omweso or Bao can be very complicated as they are played on two boards and sometimes played in a reverse direction. You need a total of 48 game pieces or stones. The player with the most stones in their Mancala at the end of the mancsla wins.

The players now count their stones in their mancala and the player with the most stones wins the game.

Place all captured stones into your Mancala. Please see the talk page for more information.

Mancala Game Rules

Some games are more often played with holes dug in the earth, or carved in stone. This process will distribute the contents of that first cup evenly among the next cups and leave an empty cup on your side of the board.


A traditional mancala game ruoes Warra was still played in Mancqla in the early 20th century, and a commercial version called Kalah became popular in the s. Stones must be placed into your own larger Mancala cup, but not into your opponents. It spread from Egypt through other parts of Africa, probably with traders moving up and down the Nile.

Also, several games include the notion of capturing holes, and thus all seeds sown on a captured hole belong at the end of the game to the player who captured it.

Mancala – Wikipedia

Dated sixth century B. Almost modern invented versions have also been described. Although the details differ greatly, this general sequence applies to all games. Excavations in Lebanon uncovered Phoenician mancala pieces dated from the 6th century B. Email will not be published required.

A turn consists of removing all seeds from a pit, “sowing” the seeds placing one in each of the following pits in sequence and capturing based on the state of board. Sowing is an apt name for this activity, since not only are many games traditionally played with seeds, but placing seeds one at a time in different holes reflects the physical act of sowing. The winner is determined by counting stones in the Mancalas.