Yesterday we played Mancala the Oware version. This game requires skill and strategy as you will need to find a way of defeating your opponent as fast as you can even though you had 10 minutes to defeat your opponet. Oware is an Ashanti abstract strategy game among the Mancala family board games (pits and pebble game) played worldwide with slight variations as to the layout of the game, number of players and strategy of the play.
It is played in the Ashanti Region and throughout the Caribbean, Oware and its variants have many different names - Ayo, Ayoayo (Yoruba), Awale ( Ivory Coast), Warri (Caribbean) etc. The game requires an oware board and 48 seeds. A typical oware board has two straight rows of six pits, called "houses", and optionally one large "score" house at either end. Each player controls the six houses on their side of the board, and the score house on their end. The game begins with four seeds in each of the twelve smaller houses.
Boards may be elaborately carved or simple and functional; they may include a pedestal, or be hinged to fold lengthwise or crosswise and latch for portability and storage with the seeds inside. While most commonly located at either end, scoring houses may be placed elsewhere, and the rows need not be straight. When a board has a hinged cover like a diptych, the scoring houses may be carved into the two halves of the cover, and so be in front of the players during play. The ground may also be used as a board; players simply scoop two rows of pits out of the earth.
In the Caribbean, the seeds are typically nicknuts, which are smooth and shiny. Beads and pebbles are also sometimes used. In the West, some cheaper sets use oval shaped marbles. Some tourist sets use cowrie shells.
Many people seemed to do quite well and in general got the hang of the game and could play of it quite well. In general I feel that our group peformed really well, the game was good, the orginisation was good, everything was good. I hope everyone enjoyed the game which we played and will want to do it again.
Group: Hamish Morgan, Hudson Lund, Christian Hadji and Oscar Bradstock Forgan