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Oware

Period

Modern

Region

Ghana

Description

Also widely played in the Caribbean. Knwon by many names: "Ayò/Ayoayo (Yoruba); "awalé" (Côte d'Ivoire/Ghana); Wari (Mali); "ouri"/"ourii"/"uri" (Cabo Verde); "warri" (Caribbean); "wall" (Dagbani); "adji" (Ewe); "ncho"/"ókwè" (Igbo); "awale" (Ga). Mancala style game played on a board with two rows of six holes, sometimes with a larger hole on both ends. Each player controls the row of holes closest to them. The game starts with four seeds in each hole. A play picks up all of the seeds in one of the holes in their row and sows them one-by-one in a counterclockwise direction in consecutive holes from the hole the pieces originated. The starting hole is always left empty, even if a player sows in a complete circuit of the board, the original house is skipped and sowing continues in the next hole after it. Players capture seeds when the final seed is sown in the opponent's row and the hole containing it has two or three seeds. If the hole before it also has two or three seeds, these are also captured and so on until reaching a hole without two or three seeds or one not belonging to the opponent. A move which would capture all of the opponent's seeds is not allowed. If an opponent's houses are all empty, the other player must make a move placing seeds in the opponent's row. If not possible, the player captures all the seeds in their row and wins. Otherwise, a player wins when they have captured 25 seeds.

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