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Misoro Tsoro (Additional Capture) DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Africa, Southern Africa

Category Board, Sow, Four rows


Tsoro is a name for sevela two-row mancala-style board games from Zimbabwe. In this version, multiple captures are allowed, as well as the option to end a sowing in certain holes.


4x6-21 board; 8 is most common, 12, 15, and 18 are also popular. Two counters in each hole in the players' outer rows. Two holes in each player's outer row are selected as misoro. Typically, the left two holes are chosen. At the beginning of the game, players choose whether to capture from one, two, or three extra holes. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction, only in the two rows belonging to the player. When the final counter lands in an occupied hole, these are picked up and sowing continues. If this final hole is one of the misoro, the player may choose to end their turn instead of continuing to sow. When the final counter lands in an empty hole in the inner row, any counters in the opposite hole in the opponent's inner row are captured. If there also are counters in the opposite hole in the opponent's outer row, these are also captured, but only if there was first a capture from the inner row hole. The player also captures the counters from the agreed-upon number of holes on the opponent's side of the board. Counters in misoro cannot be captured with one of these additional captures. Players cannot sow from a hole with a single counter unless there are no holes with multiple counters. Single counters can only be sown into an empty hole. Play continues until one player has captured all of the opponent's counters, thus winning the game.

Matthews 1964: 65-66.

These rules were taken from the Misoro Tsoro (Additional Capture) ruleset.

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Misoro Tsoro (Additional Capture) Rules for Misoro Tsoro with mulltiple captures.
Extra Counters Extra counters placed in the misoro.



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Matthews 1964: 65-66.

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Matthews, J. 1964. "Notes on Some African Stone Games." NADA: The Southern Rhodesia Native Affairs Department Annual 9(1): 64-66.

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