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Shisima DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Africa

Category Board, Space, Line


Shisima is played by the Tiriki people in Kenya on an octagonal board. The board represents a source of water ("shisima") in the center, and the pieces are imbalavali, "water insects." It is a game of alignment.


Each player has three pieces. Pieces are initially placed three-in a row on side nearest the player. Pieces can move to an adjacent space connected to it by a line. The goal is to create three in a row through the central space.

Crane 1982: 11.



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Crane, L. African Games of Strategy. African Outreach Series 2. Urbana-Chapmaign, IL: University of Illinois.



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