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
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).
Step 2: Basic gameplay
Players decide who goes first using whatever method they want; Rock-Paper-Scissors, coin flip, loser-of-last-game-goes-first, whatever.
During a turn, a player grabs all of the stones in a hole on their side and drops them, one by one, in succeeding holes in a counter-clockwise direction. Players MAY place stones in their own mancala (it counts as a hole), but they MUST skip over their opponent's mancala. Players MAY place stones in holes on their opponent's side. This continues until the player has no more stones in his hand. It is then their opponents turn.*
*See exceptions in step 4.
Really sorry guys, the image notes aren't working on my computer right now, so sorry if the pictures are a little hard to understand.