How to play Mancala

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The 'How to play Mancala' poster

How to play Mancala is a poster which can be found on the wall of the Book Room. It is a guide to the game Mancala, which is considered to be quite difficult to play by many players. It contains five pages, one of which being a diagram of the Mancala board.

Contents[edit]

First Page[edit]

OBJECT OF THE GAME

Each player attempts to collect as many stones as possible before one of the players clears his or her side of stones.


THE BOARD

Each player has a side of the board. (top and bottom) The six holes nearest to each player belong to him or her and their large holes or Mancala is to the right.

Second Page[edit]

The Mancala Board.png

Third Page[edit]

HOW TO PLAY

Players alternate turns. In his or her turn each player selects a group of stones from one hole on his or her side of the board. Each stone is dropped one by one in the holes around the board, including his Mancala but not the opponents Mancala.

Fourth Page[edit]

FREE TURNS

If the last stone lands in the player's own Mancala, that player goes again.


CAPTURES

If the last stone is dropped in an empty hole on the player's own side, he captures all the stones from the opponents hole directly opposite that hole, including his stone.

Fifth Page[edit]

HOW TO WIN

The game is over when a player has no more stones on his side of the board. The winner is the player with the greatest total of stones in his or her Mancala and any remaining stones on his or her side of the board.