Hi, my name is Windy and this is how to play
the African bead game it’s also known as Mancala.
It also goes by various other names. It’s
one of the worlds oldest games, originally
played with just pits dug into mud and stones
used to go into the pits. Each person faces
the board, it’s a two player game and they
have six bucket/baskets in front of them and
a point basket to their right. So each persons
point basket is always on the right. You start
off with four stones per basket, per smaller
basket. An easier game version for children
who are learning to count and this is an excellent
game to learn to count, is to play it with
only three per which makes a shorter game.
So the rules are fairly simple, you pick a
cup on your side and you pick anyone that
you want and then you drop them sequentially,
you drop the stones sequentially into the
baskets. The point is to try to get as many
of the stones to end, to end up in your basket.
You don’t need to end your turn in your basket
for you to get points. The points that you’ll
get at the end of the game are the beads that
are in your point basket at the end of the
game. The strategy is that if you end your
turn by placing a stone in your point basket,
then you get to go again. So you want to do
that as much as possible. You go, the play
continues counter clockwise around the board.
If you had beads and you go past your opponents
point basket, you don’t drop a bead in their
point basket you just skip it and keep going.
The smaller baskets don’t belong to anyone,
only the point baskets belong to the players.
The rest of the stones are held in common.
So the two strategies are to end, to count
the stones so that you know that when you’re
done you’ll end in your point basket or to
end in such a way that the last stone placed
is in an empty basket across from a full basket,
because if you, last stone that you play on
your turn is an empty basket across from a
full basket you get to take all the beads
across from it and put them all into your
point basket. Play continuous until all the
beads have ended up on the ends of the boards
in either players point basket. Then you count
up the stones and see who whoever has most,
they win. And that’s how you play Mancala
or African beads.