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(en) France, Alternative Libertair #220 - Gaming Corporation: The Awale - strategic plants (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 18 Nov 2012 10:45:47 +0200


Few games can boast popularity across large territories. Yet it is the case of Awale, the most widespread African games "of course", a category which is also from the Senet (previously played by the Pharaohs and oldest known board game which is known pieces and rules). ---- The Awale is a game for two very simple règes which reveal a wealth strategy. The equipment is basic: two rows of six holes, filled with seeds. Symbolically, the players realize the "sowing" seeds moving, both in their fields but also in that of the opponent. Asked the last seed produced a number of seeds in the hole and can "harvest" - and pocket - all the seeds of one or more holes (rule sets the number). At the end of the game, the player or the player having won a majority of seeds wins.

The simplicity of the material makes it playable by rural populations, with holes in the ground, the tray is clear that in urban areas. The social aspect is also very important. The game is often practiced in a public space. Players must play quickly to keep pace (the speed of calculation is overwhelming!), And songs and encouragement of the public are part of the game Finally, two rules are the awalé a particular game. Seen, sowing are at the heart of the strategic process. Each player must "feed" his opponent in each game round leaving a part of his sowing. This rule is supplemented by prohibiting "starve" the enemy by depriving seeds. Can be seen, the principle of mutual assistance and maintenance of social ties is at the heart of this game

Very tactical (rather than strategic), easy to play, Awale is the companion breaks migrants and slaves around the world. It includes many local variations, but it is still playable if you know a few basic rules. Too few tactical games that require players or players build a strategy based on the sharing of wealth and the support of the opponent: The Awale is one of those.

Nico (AL Paris North East)
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