Mancala World

Orancala → German.

Other Names: Florancala
Inventor: Sjaak Griffioen,
Variant of Oware
Ranks: Two Rows
Sowing: Single laps
Region: Netherlands

Orancala is an Oware variant created by the Dutch game inventor Sjaak Griffioen on July 12, 2006. He showed his game at the game inventor's convention "Spiel und Autor" in Göttingen (Germany) the same year. Sjaak is best known for his games Cityscape and Take Away. The Orancala board is shaped like an orange, hence its name.

The game was commercialized in 2010 as Florancala by Gerhards Spiel und Design in Germany. Its board looks like a flower with 12 petals.


The game can be played by 2-4 people. It is best for two since the larger variations can lead to the formation of unfair coalitions. The rules are similar to Oware. Differences are:

  • At the start of the game all pits are neutral.
  • A move either starts from a neutral pit or a pit owned by the player.
  • If a player had begun his move from a neutral pit, it is then owned by him. The pit gets a marker of his color.
  • Only the contents of pits, which is neutral or owned by an opponent, can be captured.
  • The seeds are sown clockwise.
  • The emptied pit isn't skipped in the sowing.
  • It is permitted to capture all the opponent's seeds in a turn ("Grand Slam").
  • If the opponent has nothing to play with, he needn't be feeded.
  • The game ends when only one seed is left on the board or if both players agree that nothing can still be captured.
  • The uncaptured seeds aren't counted.

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