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Grand Coastal Oh-Wah-Ree
Inventor: Alex Randolph, 1962
Variant of Oware
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Single laps
Region: USA

Grand Coastal Oh-Wah-Ree is an Oware 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 up to four people. The game often becomes extremely lengthy (up to 298 moves were reported), even when it is decided very early (usually around move 30).


The game has almost the same rules as Oware.


Initial Position (Two-person Game)

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

  • If a player captures some counters, he also captures their holes. He may start a future move from them and his opponent can capture their contents and regain their ownership. The ownership of a hole is marked by a bead of a certain color (blue, red, green, etc.).
  • If a player captures all the stones of his opponent, the remaining stones are won by his adversary.
  • A player who can't move must be fed. If a player can't feed his opponent, he forfeits all the counters, which are still in his holes.
  • The player who owns more holes at the end of the game is declared the winner. When both players have the same number of holes, the player who has captured more stones wins the game.
  • If stones cannot be captured at the end, they are counted for neither player, but are considered neutral.

See also


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


Adapted from the Wikinfo article, "Grand Coastal Oh-Wah-Ree", used under the GNU Free Documentation License.