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This game is played by the Maori of New Zealand. It is sometimes called the star game because of the shape of the board. 

A game for two players.

The game.

Resources:

  • A game board (download one here).
  • Four markers each.

To start:

  • Choose a set of points to start from. Each set is indicated as either a triangle or a diamond. The 'guard' makers are those placed where the heavy lines are drawn.
  • Put markers onto four of the points of the star.
  • Your opponent does the same.
  • Every point should have a marker on it.
  • Decide who will be the first player to move.
  • Choose one of the 'guard' markers and move it to the centre of the star. 
  • Your opponent moves one of their 'guard' markers to the space left empty at the point of a star by your move.
  • Take turns to move to an unoccupied space. This can be the centre of the star or at a point of the star.
  • Move sideways or into and out of the centre space - jumps are not allowed.
  • One marker on a space only.
  • You must move a marker that is next to your opponent's marker.
The winner: when one of you is surrounded and unable to move any of your markers

Variations:

  • To make the game simpler, a hexagram board can be used.
  • To make the game more complex, the number of points on the star can be increased. Make sure that an even number is chosen.
  • The two 'guard' markers for each player are always placed at the outside of the set of markers.