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Mancala

Mancala is a game with centuries of tradition behind it. Mancala boards from Jaques are no exception, being made from the finest materials so you can enjoy this wonderful game for years to come.

Mancala comes from the Arabic word "naqala" meaning "moved" and its routes can be traced back to the continents of Africa and Asia.

The object of Mancala games is usually to capture more stones than the opponent; sometimes, one seeks to leave the opponent with no legal move or to have your side empty first in order to win. A Mancala game consists of both luck and skill with several strategies and mind games available for those who want to master this pastime.

At the beginning of a player's turn, they select a hole with seeds that will be sown around the board. This selection is often limited to holes on the current player's side of the board, as well as holes with a certain minimum number of seeds.

In a process known as sowing, all the seeds from a hole are dropped one-by-one into subsequent holes in a motion wrapping around the board. Sowing is an apt name for this activity, since not only are many games traditionally played with seeds. If the sowing action stops after dropping the last seed, the game is considered a single lap game.

Multiple laps or relay sowing is a frequent feature of mancala games, although not universal. When relay sowing, if the last seed during sowing lands in an occupied hole, all the contents of that hole, including the last sown seed, are immediately resown from the hole. The process for playing luxury mancala games usually will continue until sowing ends in an empty hole. Another common way to receive "multiple laps" is when the final seed sown lands in your designated hole.

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