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Adi DLP Game   

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Period Modern

Region Western Africa

Category Board, Sow, Two rows

Description

Adi is a two-row mancala-style board game played by the Ewe people of Togo and Ghana. The game can either be played on wooden boards, which are sometimes elaborately carved, or as holes in the ground using seeds or stones as counters.

Rules

2x6 board with two stores. Four counters in each hole. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction from a hole in the player's row. If the final counter falls into a hole in the opponent's row containing two counters, making it contain three, they are captured. Any holes containing three counters in an unbroken line behind it in the opponent's row are also captured. A player cannot sow into a hole from which they sowed until it has been sown into by the opponent. Play continues until no more captures are possible, and the players win the counters they captured and the counters on their side of the board. A new round begins. The player with fewer counters fills up their holes from right to left with four counters. The opponent fills the same number of holes, and continues to play, holding any remaining counters for future rounds, if necessary. Play proceeds as before with the present number of holes in play. Play continues until one player cannot fill any holes.

Klose 1906: 75.

Origin

West Africa

Ludeme Description

Adi.lud

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Reference

Murray 1951: 184.

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Sources

Klose, H. 1906. "Musik, Tanz, und Spiel in Togo." Globus: Illustrierte Zeitschrift für Länder- und Völkerkunde 89: 69-75.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Identifiers

DLP.Games.1141

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