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Although the rules don't explicitly say so, this game might be a bit easier to comprehend with the board turned 90 degrees. I've always found Mancala and the like to be uninteresting abstracts for me, and yet this game really had be interested. It took me a lot of thinking before I discovered why: mostly because Mancala games tend to be focused on the concept of winning the most points, instead of trying to reach a certain board configuration (which is how most other classical abstracts work). As a result, the moves and lookahead in this game feel just a little bit more easy to visualize to me, and certainly in playing a few games, a good strategy is far from obvious.
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