Picture of How to play... MANCALA!!!
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!!!
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Step 1: Vocabulary and set up

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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).

Step 2: Basic gameplay

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Mancala is really an easy game to play.

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.
I got this game because I used to play in Elementary school, It was my favorite!! Still is!! <3 Your instruction's has once again taught me how to RULE at this game!! Thanks (:
noob0062 years ago
i before know how to play it now i forgot how to
ginger200373 years ago
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. :)
Jens243 years ago
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.
ToddisI4 years ago
LOL, ty, ive had a set that came with no instructions, that helped alot
Player 2 is the first to empty his side, so his opponent puts all the remaining stones on his side in his mancala

Is his here Player 1 or Player 2?
His is player 1
bumpus6 years ago
I PWN at Mancala!
YummyPancakes (author)  bumpus6 years ago
You should play against me sometime then >:D
What do you mean play against you... I would DOMINATE against you! :D
YummyPancakes (author)  bumpus6 years ago
I thought you said you PWN, not DOMINATE.
I shall do both...
fwjs28 bumpus5 years ago
thats cool...PWN is the most awesomely awesome thing ever
b-train6 years ago
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
puzzlefreak6 years ago
Ah, Mancala. The memories this game brings back to me! Cheers!
YummyPancakes (author) 6 years ago
Up next: Chess!
NeonLime6 years ago
Thank you VERY much. I love Mancala and forgot how to play it. Great instructable.
kevin4796 years ago
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
YummyPancakes (author)  kevin4796 years ago
:) 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)