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Shiva (Kare, Karnun)DLP Game   


Period Modern, 1900s

Region Western Africa

Category Board, Space, Line


Shiva is a game of alignment played by the Tiv people of Nigeria. It's a rare game of alignment that only allows rows of no more than three pieces.


5x6 or 6x6 board. Twelve pieces per player. Players take turns placing pieces on the board. Once all the pieces are on the board, players may move one piece orthogonally one space during their turn. Players cannot create a line of more than three in an orthogonal direction, and cannot make a line of three during the placement phase. If three pieces are in an orthogonal line, they cannot be moved again. If a player makes three rows before the opponent makes one, it is an automatic win.

Murray 1951: 49.



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



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