Mancala World
Inventor: Didier Guillion, 1996
Variant of Vai Lung Thlan
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Single laps
Region: France

Nyakun, a mancala game, was invented in 1996 by Didier Guillion in Toulouse, France. Didier developed Awale, a shareware program to play 16 mancala games. However, many have incorrect or adapted rules, either because they are based on unreliable sources or because deliberately the size of the board and the number of counters was changed to facilitate their implementation. Nyakun is a variant of Vai Lung Thlan from which it differs only in the following:

  • Nyakun is played with four seeds per hole.


Initial Position

  • Play is counterclockwise. A player can begin his move on either side of the board.
  • A player must move, if he can. Play stops, if a player has nothing left in his holes.
  • The seeds remaining on the board are not counted.


Guillion, D.
Re: Nyakun (E-mail to R. Gering). June 24, 2006.

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