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Mraha wa Bwe DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Africa

Category Board, War, Leaping, Orthogonal


Mraha wa Bwe is a capturing game played in Comoros. The game is made on the ground and the pieces are gathered from what is available. Stones are often used, for example.


5x5 board. Twelve pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing two pieces on the board, leaving the central space empty. Once all the pieces have been placed, players alternate turns moving one space orthogonally to an empty space. An opponent's piece may be captured by hopping over it to an empty space immediately on the opposite side of it in an orthogonal direction. Multiple captures are allowed, and a player is allowed to land on a space already landed on during the chain of captures. Captures are not compulsory. A player wins when they capture all of their opponent's pieces or the opponent cannot move.

De Voogt 2019: 3-5.



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de Voogt, A. 2019. 'The Comoros: A confluence of board game histories.' Board Game Studies 13: 1–13.

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