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Dara-A Game From Africa

posted Jan 10, 2012, 2:31 PM by Julie Purdy /RBSU
You need: A smooth patch of earth, a sidewalk, or a large piece of paper; a stick, a piece of chalk, or a pencil; 12 counters, such as beans or
pebbles, for each person.
How to make: Construct a grid of five by six circles. Scratch it on the ground or in sand, mark it in chalk on cement, or draw it on paper.
How to play: Each girl places her 12 pieces in the circles on the playing grid. Initially, each girl cannot have more than two playing pieces in adjacent circles. Girls take turns moving their playing pieces one space at a time. This can be done in any direction, including diagonally. Unlike in checkers, jumping is not allowed. The  goal is to place three pieces in a vertical or horizontal row, as shown. When this is accomplished, a girl may remove one of her opponent's pieces. The game is over when one girl is no longer able to line up three playing pieces, or when all of a girl's game pieces have been removed.
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