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Oh-Wah-Ree → German.

Other Names: Oriënt Standaard
Inventor: Alex Randolph, 1962
Variant of Oware
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Single laps
Region: Netherlands, USA

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, which was also called "Oh-Wah-Ree". It has become a treasured collector's item today. The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company published several editions between 1962 and 1968.

In 1975, the game was re-published as "Oriënt Standaard" (the series as "Oriënt Kuiltje-Kiezel Spel") by the Amro Bank in the Netherlands.

The game can be played by up to four people. The game is rather short (an example game in the rules leaflet had only 19 moves).


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:

  • It is permitted to capture all the stones of his opponent.
  • A player doesn't have to feed his opponent.

See also


Randolph, A.
Grand Oh-Wah-Ree. 3M Company, St Paul MN (USA) 1962.
Thompson, M.
Oh-Wah-Ree. In: Abstract Games, Chicago IL (USA) 2003.


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