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Ti (Warri)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Western Africa

Category Board, Sow, Two rows


Ti is a two-row mancala-style board game played by the Mende people of Sierra Leone. It can be played on pedestalled boards, or as holes in the ground. The holes of the board are called "towns," and the pieces are people moving from town to town.


2x6 board with two stores. Four counters per hole. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction. In the first and second moves, players may choose to drop as many counters as they wish into the holes they are sowing into. From the third turn on, the players must sow one counter at a time. The hole from which a sowing began is skipped if the sowing goes all the way around the board. When the final counter lands in a hole containing one or two people, thus causing it to contain two or three, these are captured. Any previous holes, in an unbroken sequence, also containing two or three counters, are captured. A move of a single counter cannot capture. When a player's row is empty, the opponent must sow into their row if it is possible to do so. Play ends when one player's row is empty, and the opponent claims all of the remaining counters. The player with the most counters wins.

Migeod 1926: 281-283.


Sierra Leone

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Murray 1951: 184.

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Migeod, F. 1926. A View of Sierra Leone. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co., Ltd.

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

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