Bantu (1955)

Average Rating: 6.74/10
Board Game Rank: 7198
Abstract Game Rank: 430
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Year Published
1955
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Bantu
Alternate Names
バントゥ
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This is the earliest known racing game that does not use dice for the engine, or even contain any elements of luck (according to Parlett and others). A 2nd edition was never published. It was reviewed by Phil Orbanes in Games and Puzzles Magazine #68 under the heading of "Great Games that Never Made It." It has been modified slightly and released as a kit by Paul Jefferies, who renamed it Sack to fit his newly applied theme. The kit costs $10 (which includes postage and packing) - black and white photocopy of board and color counters to be pasted up - and it is obtainable from Paul at 441 Niagara Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066. I have not seen this remake and can't say anything as to its quality. In addition to Games and Puzzles #68 (reprinted in Games International (Issue 4 – April 1989)) and Parlett's The Oxford History of Board Games, Bantu has recently been discussed in Abstract Games Magazine.

This a racing game. The track is circular, with four lanes, with some interaction and crossing over between lanes. Each player (2-4) has four pawns numbered 1-4. This number indicates the distance the pawn may move per turn, and where it may be entered onto the board (the fastest pawn (4) must travel the full distance, but each successively slower pawn travels one fourth less distance than its predecessor, so that the (1) pawn travels only one quarter of the board). Pawns may not jump others nor may two pawns occupy the same space. Ending a turn on a space occupied by an opponent's pawn causes the opponent's pawn to be returned to its starting position. Pawns of any ownership that lie on spaces connected by a shaded background add their values together for determining movement. So a (red 1), (blue 4), (green 3) that all lie within the same shaded area would give the first pawn to move, 8 spaces. A player must use all movement without retracing his path on that turn. If the player can not use the entire movement then the pawn can not be moved. If none of his pawns may be moved the entire amount then the player forfeits that turn. First to bear all pawns off wins.

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Ravensburger German edition
Publisher: Otto Maier Verlag
Artist: (Uncredited)
Year: 1958
Product Code: 6102
Size: 11.61 x 7.87 x 0.83 inches
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Year: 1955
Size: 19.75 x 11.35 x 1.05 inches
2.00 pounds
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Size: 9.06 x 9.06 x 1.18 inches
0.55 pounds
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Ready to print Bantu board, four A4 pages in pdf format
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Board Game Rank: 7198
Abstract Game Rank: 430
Num Ratings: 32
Average Rating: 6.74
Standard Deviation: 1.59
Num Views: 9999
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.0
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Personal Comments: 18
Users Owning: 56
Users Wanting: 6
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