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Koruböddo (Koruboddo, Korkaböd)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Africa

Category Board, War, Leaping, Orthogonal


Koruböddo is a capturing game played in Somalia in the early twentieth century.


5x5 board. Twelve pieces per player, arranged in the two rows in front of each player, and in the right two squares in the central row (the central space is empty). Players alternate turns moving a piece to an adjacent orthogonal space. The player may capture an opponent's piece by hopping over it in an orthogonal direction. Multiple hops are allowed in the same turn, but captures are not compulsory, The player who captures all of their opponent's pieces wins.

Marin 1931: 506.


Horn of Africa

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Murray 1951: 83.

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Marin, G. 1931. Somali Games. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. 61: 499-511.

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

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