How to Play Mancala?
Mancala is a two-player strategy game that is played with small stones or seeds and a board that has several wells or cups.
The objective of the game is to capture more seeds than your opponent. Here are the steps to play Mancala:
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- Set up the board: Mancala is usually played with a board that has two rows of six wells each, and two larger wells at the ends, called stores. The wells and stores are used to hold the seeds.
- Determine who goes first: This can be done by agreement, by a random method such as flipping a coin, or by each player picking a well and counting the number of seeds. The player with the most seeds goes first.
- Sowing seeds: The first player selects a well on their side of the board and removes all the seeds. The player then distributes the seeds one by one into the wells in a counter-clockwise direction. If the last seed is placed into the player's store, they get another turn.
- Capturing seeds: If the last seed landed in an empty well on the player's side, and the opposite well contains seeds, the player captures those seeds and places them in their store.
: The game ends when all the wells on one side of the board are empty. The player with the most seeds in their store at the end of the game wins.
These are the basic rules of Mancala
There are many variations of the game, so be sure to agree on the specific rules before you start playing.