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  • Ralf Gering
    Grand Oh-Wah-Ree ... Grand Oh-Wah-Ree is an idea from the famous American game inventor Alex Randolph which can be applied to many different Mancala variants.
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      Grand Oh-Wah-Ree
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      Grand Oh-Wah-Ree is an idea from the famous American game inventor
      Alex Randolph which can be applied to many different Mancala
      variants. Oh-Wah-Ree was published in 1962 by the 3M company and was
      used as a generic term, like Bao, Sadeqa, Sadiqa, Selus, Mancala,
      Wari, etc. In all Oh-Wah-Ree variants the ownership of a pit is
      marked with a special marker.

      1.
      Standard Oh-Wah-Ree
      =
      almost like Oware, but the rules also allow three or four persons to
      play and you are NOT forced to feed your opponent, if he is out of
      pebbles

      2.
      Coastal Oh-Wah-Ree
      =
      Oware as played by the Oware World Federation.

      3.
      Dog-Gone Oh-Wah-Ree
      =
      identical with Adi (Ghana)

      4.
      Oriental Oh-Wah-Ree
      =
      almost identical with Sungka (Malaysia), but played on a 2x6 board
      with six seeds initially in each hole

      5.
      Pendulum Oh-Wah-Ree
      =
      a simplified version of Giuthi (Kenya)

      6.
      Arabian Oh-Wah-Ree
      =
      a simplified version of Sadéqa as described in Abstract Games
      Magazine 16


      Grand Oh-Wa-Ree can be played with all variants of Oh-Wah-Ree except
      Pendulum and Oriental Oh-Wah-Ree.

      Special Rule:
      In addition to capturing the pebbles, the pit itself is captured. The
      capturing player replaces his opponent's marker with one of his own
      color. This pit belongs to the capturing player unless it is
      recaptured by the opponent. The player with the largest number of
      pits wins. Pebbles are counted only in case of ties.

      Note:

      Grand Oh-Wah-Ree is best played with the Coastal Oh-Wah-Ree
      (i.e. "Oware") rules according to Alex Randolph.

      This means:
      - You must feed your opponent.
      - You may not capture all opponent's stones unless it is the only
      move possible.
      - You can own a maximum of 11 holes.

      Grand Coastal Oh-Wah-Ree (as the game should properly be called) is
      difficult to play well.

      Sources

      Anonymous. Oh-Wah-Ree. In: Aardwolf Games. DanDLyin (USA) 2003.
      http://www.aardwolfgames.com/rules/ohwahree/index.pdf

      Randolph, A. „Grand Oh-Wah-Ree". 3M Company, St Paul MN (USA) 1962.
      http://home.t-online.de/home/08856933427-0002/i0281.jpg
      http://home.t-online.de/home/08856933427-0002/i0282.jpg

      Thompson, M. Oh-Wah-Ree. In: Abstract Games (USA) 2003.
      http://home.flash.net/~markthom/html/oh-wah-ree.html



      Ralf
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