2-4 Player Mancala Variant using a square 36 pit board.
Capture the Most stones by the end of the Game.
The Game ends when there are only 6 or less stones remaining on the board.
The board is composed of 36 Pits (spaces) laid out in a 6 by 6 Grid.
Use the following diagram for reference:
Use glass Beads or whatever (seeds, nuts, pebbles) for Pieces.
Players share a common set of Stones.
Each player has his own pile (cup) where he keeps the Stones he has captured.
Place 2 Stones in each Pit.
The least gracious player goes first.
This ruleset assumes familiarity with other Mancala variants.
On your turn grab the Stones from any pit and sow them in any
Direction going Vertical, Horizontal, or Diagonal.
If your last stone lands in a pit containing more stones, pick them up and
Continue sowing in the same direction you were going.
If you come to an edge re-enter the board on the opposite side of the same row.
(Examples: C2 --> C1 --> C6 or E4 --> F4 --> A4)
This applies also to diagonal moves through the corners
(Example: B5 --> A6 --> F1)
If you are going diagonal and hit an edge (not a corner) you make a 90 degree bounce.
(Example: D5 --> E6 --> F5 --> E4)
If you drop your last stone in an empty space you capture all the Stones in the
Next consecutive space, if there are any, and your turn ends.
(Example: B3 --> C3 --> You drop your last stone in D3 so you get all stones in F3)
If you start your turn by grabbing stones from a pit on the edge of the board or a
corner, you must sow the stones either along the edge or directed into the board.
You may not immediately jump off the board and re-enter it from the other side.
(Example: From A2 you could sow into A1, A3, B1, B2, or B3. You cannot jump to F2)
Short Game - Put only 1 stone in each pit.
Long Game - Put 3 Stones in each pit.
Double Dutch - Put 3 Stones in every other pit.
Half Dutch - Put 2 Stones in every other pit.
Mancala History & Rules