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Evidence for Intotoi

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.705
Type Contemporary rule description
Location Samburu
Date 1951-01-01 - 1951-12-31
Rules 2x12 board. Starting position, from the left hand hole, for each player: 0-3-3-0-3-3-0-3-3-0-3-3 In the opening play, one player must sow two counters from the second hole from their right. The opponent then makes the same play from their row, or from the fourth hole from their right. When the final counter lands in an occupied hole, these are picked up and sowing continues. A player's turn ends when the final counter falls into an empty hole. Players may now begin their move from any hole in their row, but only if it ends in an empty hole in their row or if it enters the opponent's row. If the final counter lands in an occupied hole in the opponent's row, these are picked up and sowing continues. If the final counter lands in an occupied hole in the player's row, the contents of the hole in the opponent's hole opposite it are captured. Sowing ends when a capture is made or when a counter falls into an empty hole.
Content Reported by "Miss Grindley" "7.6.20. Kenya, Samburu tribe (south-east of Lake Rudolf): Intotoi (Miss Grindley). 2x12 holes. The initial arrangement of beans is: A move may comprise several laps but only if the last bean in hand falls in a loaded hole on the opponent's row. Play is anticlockwise. Opening play. X lifts two beans from K and sows them in L and a. Y then lifts three beans, either from k or from i, and sows them, starting new laps until the last bean in hand falls in an empty hole. This will necessarily happen on X's row. This concludes the opening play. In the subsequent play, a player may begin his move from any hole on his own row, but only if the sowing ends in an empty hole on his own row or extends to his opponent's row. If it ends in a loaded hole on the opponent's row, its contents are lifted for a new lap, and further laps are played until the last bean in hand falls in an empty hole; if this hole lies on the player's own row and the opposite hole contains beans these are taken." Murray 1951: 200.
Confidence 100
Source Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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