Board Games in Academia V
Omweso: The Royal Mancala Game Of Uganda
Omweso is a mancala game played in Uganda. The board appears
similar to Bao, but in fact the rules are markedly different. An argument
is proposed that play is more complex than Bao, despite the rules being more
concise and elegant in form.
The 400 year old history of the game, and cultural aspects of game
play in olden times is outlined.
Photographs from the recent tournaments in Kampala will be
presented, together with a video clip of the winning game of the Buganda
clan tournament 2000.
Areas of research underway are outlined including:
A short literature review is given.
- cataloguing standard set-ups- out of
the 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 setup variations possible
- cataloguing standard opening moves
- the mathematical relationships within the game
- tracing the material culture and verbal transmission of rules,
slogans and customs
The "maths of Omweso" as published by the late Professor J.V. Mayega
is discussed. Professor Ilukor's never ending move of the 198,288 iteration
never ending move is demonstrated together with Dr. Steven Mayer's