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Mu Torere DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Australia and New Zealand

Category Board, Space, Blocking


Mu Torere is a game played by the Maori of New Zealand. It is unknown how old the game is. The board takes the form of a circle divided into eighths, with eight points on the circumference (kewai) and the central point (putahi) being playing spaces.


The board is arrayed with a centre point and eight points radiating from it, Each player has four pieces on four adjacent points of the rays. Pieces move to an empty point of an adjacent ray, or to the center point if it is unoccupied. There is no restriction on moving a piece to the center hole, except that the first move must allow the second player to move. the player who blocks their opponent from moving wins.

Best 1917: 15, Murray 1951: 93.

These rules were taken from the First Move ruleset.

All Rulesets

Observed rulesets
First Move Rules observed by Best.

Suggested rulesets
Adjacent Enemy to Centre
No Restriction
First Two Turns
Adjacent Enemy


New Zealand

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Mu Torere.lud


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Murray 1951: 93

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Best, E. 1925. Games and Pastimes of the Maori. Wellington: Whitcombe and Tombs Limited.

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

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