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Mulabalaba DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Africa

Category Board, Space, Line


Mulabalaba is an alignment game played in the Livingtone district of Zambia.


Three concentric squares, with lines connecting the corners and the midpoints of the sides. Twelve pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing a piece on the board. When a player makes a line of three of their pieces, they may remove one of the opponent's pieces. When all of the pieces have been placed, players alternate turns moving a piece to an empty adjacent spot along the lines of the board. A piece in the four outside corner spaces is allowed to move to any empty spot on the board. The player who captures all of the opponent's pieces wins.

Chaplin 1956: 170.



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Chaplin, J. 1956. "A Note on Mancala Games in Northern Rhodesia." Man 56: 168-170.

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