Wari


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Wari board

Setup:

Players sit on opposite sides of the long edge of the board. Each of the six small cups on the board begins with four beads in it. The larger cups (scoring cups) on the ends are used to hold captured beads. The six smalls cups and the right hand scoring cup belong to the player sitting on that side of the board.

Play:

Players take turns taking all of the beads from a cup on their side of the board, and placing them, one bead per cup, counter-clockwise around the board.  No beads are placed in the large cups.

Ex: Player 1

4

4

4

4

4

4

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4

4

4

4

5

5

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

0

5

5

If you pick up twelve or more beads, as you're placing them, you skip the cup you started from (so the cup you start from will always be empty at the end of your turn).

If the last bead placed is on your opponent's side of the board and there are now 2 or 3 beads in that cup, then those beads are captured and placed in your scoring cup. 

Ex: Player 1, 6 picked up, 2 captured.

0

5

1

3

2

7

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0

5

2

4

3

8

8

2

1

6

1

0

8

2

1

0

2

1

Additionally, the beads of an unbroken sequence of twos and threes on the opponent's side of the board immediately preceding the captured cup are also captured.

Ex: Player 2, 8 picked up, 2 & 3 captured.

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5

0

4

3

8

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1

6

1

5

4

0

8

2

1

0

2

1

9

3

2

0

2

1

Once you have finished placing the beads and removing captured ones (if any), play passes.  The winner is the first person to capture a total of 25 or more beads.

Additional rules:

- You may not capture all the beads on your opponent's side in one move.  You can make a move that would do this, but you capture nothing.

- If you opponent has no beads on their side of the board, then you must make a move such that at least one bead gets to their side.  If you are unable to do so, the game ends, and your opponent collects all the remaining beads on the board.  An exception is when there are 3 or fewer beads on the board.  In this case the beads are divided between the players, with the odd bead (if any) going to the player whose side they are on.


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