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Marco Conte
Italy
Fonzaso
Belluno
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10
Jul 2002*
Many names and variations for this great abstract strategy game. My favourite is Awale: only 2 two rows of six bin (no scoring bin), you capture only in the opponent's field, when the last piece set the amount of the bin at 2 or 3. If previous bin(s) has 2 or 3, you capture them too. If a bin has 12 or more pieces (complete round), skip it when you drop pieces. If a player gets empty, other must move to supply him with at least one piece, if he can (if he can't, he gets all pieces for himself and the game ends).
Wonderful if played on an original african board!
2002-07-26*
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Christopher Rahe
United States
Concord
Massachusetts
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10
Jul 2004*
Most addictive game ever.
2004-07-19*
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Nick Larson
United States
Unspecified
Pennsylvania
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10
Jan 2005*
Technically not a game in itself, Mancala is a family of games in which hundreds of games with unique rulesets exist. Mancala games require memory, calculation, strategy, and timing to be played successfully.
2005-01-15*
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Kalvin Lyle
Canada
Vancouver
BC
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10
Apr 2005*
Owned
zoe rose
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10
Nov 2007*
Owned
Ralf Gering
Germany
Germany
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10
May 2006*
Mancala'h is the name of an Egyptian board game described in the 19th century and also the generic name of a family of board games. In fact, there are hundreds of variants.

There is a BGG list on Mancala games:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/13665

Mancala World - a new wiki on mancala games:
http://mancala.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
2006-05-09*
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Gianni Cottogni
Italy
Torino
Piedmont
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10
Jul 2006*
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Christopher Grano
United States
Loveland
Colorado
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10
Sep 2006*
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bob condon

California
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10
Dec 2006*
Surprisingly challenging
2006-12-20*
Owned
Andrew Hodkinson
Canada
Kemble
Ontario
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兵者,詭道也。
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10
Aug 2007*
Abstract
2007-08-06*
Owned
D.R. WOZ
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10
Oct 2007*
There are many variations of this game so it is hard to rate all under one umbrella. Kalaha is probably my favourite. Still an original concept to this day, despite being an ancient game -- there is only one colour of pieces. A lot of strategy and tactics. Like any good abstract, difficult to see the intricacies for a newbie
2007-10-07*
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Brian Kooshian
United States
Michigan
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10
Dec 2008*
Owned
MacKenzie Stuart
United States
Alameda
California
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10
Apr 2015
Owned
C W
United States
North Carolina
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10
Jan 2010*
Owned
Suzanne Delafontaine
United States
Maine
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10
Aug 2008*
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Suzanne Delafontaine
United States
Maine
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10
Sep 2008*
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Leonid Libman
United States
Los Angeles
California
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10
May 2009*
Owned
Joel Ohmer
United States
Unspecified
Louisiana
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10
Jul 2009*
Owned
Denys Lonshakov
Ukraine
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10
May 2010
Owned
temazur
Canada
Oshawa
Ontario
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10
Nov 2009*
Owned
Hani Zaccarelli
United States
Maplewood
New Jersey
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10
Mar 2010
Owned
Riccardo Brett
Italy
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10
Mar 2010
Eternally great...so deep in its strategic perfection and ancient spirit!
2010-03-20
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Xaime Recio
Spain
Manzanares el Real
Madrid
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10
Feb 2011
Owned
Want To Play
Gire Banech
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10
Jul 2010
Owned
Dawn B
United States
Rochester
New York
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10
Nov 2010
All time favorite! Try it with 5 or 6 marbles!
2010-11-14
Owned
Viplace Vitus Bering
Russia
Moscow
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10
Aug 2011
Owned
David Holl
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10
Apr 2014
Owned
Miguel Gerardo Cazares Padilla
United States
Hidalgo
Texas
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10
Jun 2011
Owned
Marek Komorowski
Poland
Piotrkow Tryb.
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10
Oct 2011
Owned
Carl Olson
United States
Slinger
Wisconsin
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10
Nov 2011
Owned
Hige Dice
Japan
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10
Nov 2011
Owned
Andy Cowen
United States
Union Springs
New York
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10
Apr 2012
Owned
Jason Mosley
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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10
May 2012
This is the first game my wife and I ever played together.
2012-12-28
Owned
Borja Tapia Ferreiro
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10
Nov 2012
Owned
Talia An
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10
Jan 2014
Owned
Tóth Attila
Hungary
Budapest
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10
Jan 2014
Owned
10
Mar 2014
Owned
Hal D'Arpini
United States
Michigan
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9.7
Apr 2006*
Simple yet sublime.
2006-04-18*
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Lowell Kempf
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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9.5
Aug 2005*
In all honesty, a wonderful game that deserves greater attention and respect.
2005-08-31*
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Bryan Robison
United States
Topeka
Kansas
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9.5
Nov 2010
Owned
Roman Ostrik
Russia
Москва
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9.3
Jan 2010*
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Paul Disdle
United Kingdom
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9.2
Nov 2009*
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The Rascal
United Kingdom
Unspecified
Unspecified
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9
Dec 2002*
Also known as Bantumi or Owari, Mancala is one of those rare breed of games which depend 100% on skill and strategy, with no element of luck whatsoever. Although the rules for the Mancala family are many and diverse (including an enjoyable solitaire version), the simplest version involves "sowing" the contents ("beans") of one of your six cups anti-clockwise into successive cups. If the final bean lands in your own Mancala (the big cup) you continue your turn. If the final bean lands in an empty cup on your side of the board, you capture the contents of the corresponding cup on your opponents side. Mancala is very easy to learn, and quite young children can derive a lot of fun from the counting aspects and will soon be giving older siblings and even parents a good run for their money. Commercial plastic sets are available, but the tactile qualities of a fair-traded carved wood set from Africa will heighten your enjoyment of this wonderful game, which has a reasonable claim to being the oldest strategy game of them all.
2002-12-28*
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Paolo Fasce
Italy
Genova
Liguria
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9
Jun 2003*
A classic game from Africa with a lot of charme.
2003-06-25*
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Roberto Saranga
Italy
OPERA (MI)
Unspecified
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9
Jul 2004*
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Heather
United States
Toledo
Ohio
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9
Nov 2004*
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D Enevoldsen
United States
Unspecified
Illinois
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9
Jan 2005*
A Great & fast game
2005-01-12*
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Kurt Tolley
United Kingdom
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
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9
Jun 2005*
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Paolo Robino
Italy
Dueville
Vicenza
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"I'm a Nay Saying worm beast!"
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9
Aug 2005*
I encountered awele when I was a little kid, and I still find it (along with many other mancala games) fascinating.
2009-06-27
Owned
Jared Frandson
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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9
Sep 2005*
One of my favorites of the abstract strategy games. Simple, yet complex strategy, and like a deck of cards there are many many variations on the rules so if you get bored you can always play it a different way.
2005-09-20*
Owned

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