In the olden days, the simplest way to create this board game was to dig small holes in the ground and find stones to fit in. Today, in the Gambia, the game is in the shape of a wooden case with hollowed-out cups, six on each side. The figures used are dried beans of the klukluba tree.
So the rules are:
- When it is your turn, pick up beans from the selected house and drop them one at a time in each successive house counterclockwise.
- If the last stone is dropped into a house on your opponent’s side, resulting in that house having with 2, 4 or 6 stones, you capture all the stones in that house.
- If all your opponent’s houses are empty, you must make a move that will give him stones. If no such move can be made, you capture all the remaining stones on the board.
- The game is over when one player has taken a total of 25 or more stones, or both players have taken 24 stones each (tie).