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Gala

Leaderboard

Period(s)

Modern

Region(s)

Southeastern Asia

Categories

Board, Space, Blocking.

Description

Gala is a blockade game played among the Buginese and Makassarese people of Sulawesi in Indonesia.

Rules

5x5 board. Markings in the central square, each corner square, and the central square of each side. Black plays with thirteen pieces, white plays with ten. Black places the first piece on the central square, then players alternate turns placing a piece on their own half of the board. When all of the pieces are placed, players alternate turns moving pieces on space orthogonally. A piece is captured when it is surrounded on two opposite sides by opponent's pieces. Black wins if it can block white from being able to move. White wins if it is impossible for black to block them.

Matthes 1859: 899.

Origin

Sulawesi

Ludeme Description

Gala.lud

Reference

Kaudern 1929: 310-311; Murray 1951: 55.

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Sources

Kaudern, W. 1929. Ethnographic Studies in Celebes Vol. IV: Games and Dances in Celebes. Göteborg: Elanders Boktryckeri Aktiebolag.

Matthes, B. 1859. Makassaarch-Hollandsch Woordenboek. Amsterdam: Frederik Muller.

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

Identifiers

DLP.Game.685

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