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Grand Arabian Oh-Wah-Ree
Inventor: Alex Randolph, 1962
Variant of Qelat (Keren)
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Multiple laps
Region: USA

Grand Arabian Oh-Wah-Ree is a Qelat variant created by Alex Randolph, a famous American game inventor, in 1962. The game was sold as part of a larger series called "Oh-Wah-Ree", which has become a treasured collector's item today. The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company published several editions between 1962 and 1968.

The game can be played by two, three or four players.


The game has almost the same rules as Qelat.


Initial Position (Two-person Game)

The only differences of the two-person game are as follows:

  • If a player drops his last counter into an opponent's "nest" (the equivalent to an ekwarna), it becomes his accumulation hole. The ownership of a hole is marked by a bead of a certain color (blue, red, green, etc.). After that he moves again.
  • The two-person game can be played in rounds similar to Qelat. The rounds end when a player has got 10 holes or the players agree to end the match. The player with most holes wins


Randolph, A.
Grand Oh-Wah-Ree. 3M Company, St Paul MN (USA) 1962.


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