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Hoyito (El Hoyito, Casitas, Mate)

Period(s)

Modern

Region(s)

Caribbean

Description

Hoyito is a two-row mancala-style board game that is played in the Dominican REpublic. It is similar to other games from the Caribbean, which were likely brought to the region by enslaved African people during European colonisation.

Rules

2x6-12 board, six is the most common. Four counters in each hole. A player moves by picking up the contents of one of their holes and sowing them in an anti-clockwise direction. If the final counter lands in an occupied hole, the contents of this hole are picked up and sowing continues. If the final counter falls into an empty hole, the turn ends. If the final counter falls into a hole containing three counters, making it four after the sowing, then these counters are captured and the turn ends. If at any time during sowing a player drops a counter into a hole to make it contain four, these are captured. If a player cannot move because there are no counters in their holes, they pass. When eight counters are left, the player to first capture a group of four also takes the remaining four counters on the board.

Gering and Bautista i Roca 2005.

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Sources

Gering, R. and V. Bautista I Roca. 2005. "Hoyito I." Mancala World. https://mancala.fandom.com/wiki/Hoyito_I. Accessed April 23, 2020.

Identifiers

DLP.Game.270

BGG.39476

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