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Patol (Cuwee)
Ruleset: Patol


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Rules for Patol.


These rules were played by the people of Isleta , new Mexico in the late nineteenth century.


Forty stones are arranged in a circle, with a larger gap between every tenth and eleventh stone. The gaps between the stones are the playing spaces. One piece per player. Any number of players. Three sticks used as dice, marked on one side and blank on the other. Throws are as follows: One marked side up = 3, two marked sides up = 2, three marked sides up = 10; all blank sides up = 5. Players enter their pieces from one of the wider gaps in the board, and chooses to move either clockwise or anti-clockwise. When a player's piece lands on a space occupied by the opponent, the opponent's piece is sent back to the space in which they entered. The first player to complete the circuit wins.


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Lummis 1891: 183-189.

Other Rulesets

Observed rulesets
Fifteens Maximum throw of fifteen.
Captureless Pieces are never sent back to the beginning.


New Mexico



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