The first in a series of Instructables (well, I might not make the others... I'll try to remember) known as "How to play...". In this series, I will teach you how to play some popular and fun board games, as well as give you some strategy, which makes it different from the poorly worded, unillustrated sheet of paper that comes in the box. Don't forget to vote!

In this first Instructable (in the series, anyways), I will teach you how to play an age-old game called... MANCALA!!!

Step 1: Vocabulary and Set Up

Before the game begins, place the board between you and your opponent, long side facing you. You will see two rows of six "holes", with a long "mancala" on each end. The board is divided into two parts: Your side and mancala, and your opponent's side and mancala. Your side is the six holes closest to you, and your mancala is to your right. The same is for your opponent; their side is the six holes closest to them and their mancala is to their right.

To set up, place four "stones" in each hole, excluding the mancalas. This should total 48 stones. (A stone can be anything small; pennies, marbles, in my case some glass counters that came with the set).
Here are the instructions.
The one we play came with these instructions, basically play clockwise, everything else the same as you mentioned. Makes for a much different game play and strategy.
<p>FYI, the 'mancalas' are also called stores in other rule sets</p>
<p>when you say ''you take all of the stones in the hole directly above'' this is your opponent's side hole, right?</p>
<p>hello,I have a mandala board that has 2 rows of 8 holes but no elongated mancalas,should I just use the last couple of holes on either side as mancals?Also there are 4 stones for each hole(including the end ones)plus two more,are they spares?I am not sure if its a different version,I think it was bought in Africa as a souvenir. Hope I am not too confusing.P.S your instructable was very good</p>
<p>&quot;why r u reading the key words?&quot;lol</p>
its pretty cool that this is posted My wife found this game at a yard sale today with no instructions and we were confused as to how to play. thanks for the help
:) Glad you liked it, it makes me feel good to have three comments already! Btw thanks for voting (I think it's you, since you said thanks. It might be bumpus or Chefboy6382)
<p>I am so glad to find the instructions since it had been 50+ years since I learned how to play then another 15 years since I taught my grandchildren how to play. My game also no instructions since so old I play it on Friday afternoons with my special education students in my class next still picked up a few tips from u up right away blessing</p>
<p>i learned a lot from this useful article and I am happy....I used to play this game when I wa only 4 years old.?❤️?</p>
I got this game because I used to play in Elementary school, It was my favorite!! Still is!! &lt;3 Your instruction's has once again taught me how to RULE at this game!! Thanks (:
i before know how to play it now i forgot how to
I learned to play Mancala when I was little, but I learned a different way, I'm not sure if they missed a step, or I forgot it, or if it's a different version, but Mancala is still my favorite game. :)
I learned Mancala many years ago and have played different games online, on my Mac and iPad and I think you forgot a step. If my stones end in a empty pocket on my side and the opposite side has stones my and all his go to my mancala. <br>Enjoy!
LOL, ty, ive had a set that came with no instructions, that helped alot
<em>Player 2 is the first to empty his side, so his opponent puts all the remaining stones on <strong>his</strong> side in <strong>his</strong> mancala</em><br/><br/>Is <strong>his</strong> here Player 1 or Player 2?<br/>
His is player 1<br />
I PWN at Mancala!
You should play against me sometime then >:D
What do you mean play against you... I would DOMINATE against you! :D
I thought you said you PWN, not DOMINATE.
I shall do both...
thats cool...PWN is the most awesomely awesome thing ever
Heaps good ible, i used to try and play this game on those 3310 fones or wateva (its called bantumi) n i never got it, then my friend tought me a while back, its pretty fun, although in step three when u are explaining winners u say that player 2 wins because they have 27 and player 2 loses coz only 21, hehe u say player 2 twice
Ah, Mancala. The memories this game brings back to me! Cheers!
Up next: Chess!
Thank you VERY much. I love Mancala and forgot how to play it. Great instructable.

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