The game uses a 3x3 square board. 2 players take turns to play,
either placing a red on an empty square, or changing a red to
orange, or orange to green. The player who forms 3 of 1 colour in a
This game for two players comes from Ghana. However, stones that were marked for this game in the third century AD have been found near Hadrian's Wall in Northern England.
A game for 1 person to develop stategy and shape and space
awareness. 12 counters are placed on a board. Counters are removed
one at a time. The aim is to be left with only 1 counter.
Before playing this game, you might like to have a go at the simpler version, Board Block .
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Take it in turns to add a band to the board to make any of the shapes you are allowing.
A band can share a peg with other bands, but the shapes must not overlap (except along the edges and pegs).
A player loses when they cannot make a shape on their turn.
For your choice of shapes, how does the winning strategy change as you increase the number of pegs on the board?
If you keep the number of pegs fixed, how does the winning strategy alter as you change the shapes you are permitted to make?
How is the game affected if you play to lose?
Perhaps you can invent some of your own games using the pegboard? Email us if you'd like to share your ideas.