How to Play Mancala?

Great question! I just recently learned this game, and it has quickly become one of my favorites! The general rules for mancala are as follows: Players sit opposite each other over the mancala board. Each player owns the mancala (large bowl) on their right and the six smaller bowls closest to them. Prior to the game beginning, players must decide who will go first. Player one picks up all of the stones from one of his small bowls, and drops one stone at a time in a counter-clockwise motion. He deposits a stone in his mancala, but skips his opponents mancala. When the player’s hand is empty, it becomes his opponent’s turn. Play continues until all small bowls are empty. The player with the most stones in his mancala is the winner. There are three other versions of the game which follow Egyptian, Ethiopian, and Nigerian rules respectively.