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Bao la Kiswahili

game_image Bao is an East African board game - actually, `Bao` is the Swahili word for `board game`.

It consists of a board with two rows of pits containing seeds. The objective is to move seeds around the board and thereby taking those of the opponent until he cannot move anymore.

This game is available in 3 versions: A simple one called `Hus Bao`, which is commonly played by kids. A more complex and strategic version called `Bao la Kujifunza`. And the full version called `Bao la Kiswahili`, which comes in 2 game phases and with a complex ruleset which is also known as the `King of Mancala Games`.

It is highly recommended to thoroughly read the rules including the examples before playing the full version to understand why a move is possible or not and what the terms mean.

Also, for the first games when playing the more complex versions, it is recommended to not let the Kichwa selected automatically, in order to allow for better understanding of the different parts of the move and only later set it to not have repeatedly select the only possible option.

To help practicing the game or understand special rules, there is an editor option for training mode which allows for customizing the board freely.

Since it is not easy to fully understand all the rules and special cases, don't hesitate to contact the author and ask, he will happily assist with questions.

For those interested in the game development, have a look at https://github.com/geziefer/baolakiswahili.

Number of players: 2

Game duration: 18 mn

Complexity: 3 / 5

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publisher  
Designer
Alexander Ruehl
Artist
Alexander Ruehl
Publisher
Year
2021
Developed by
Number of games played
Number of players
2
Game duration
18 mn
Complexity
3
Strategy
5
Luck
0
Interaction
0
Available since
Mar 20th 2022
Release
220625-2320

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