Date: Wed, 29 Jan 1997 16:12:13 -0500 (EST)

Dear editor,

I've been searching for the intructions to a board game from Tanzania, Africa called "Bao". Think it played with marbles. Please help me. I just can't seem to find it.


Date: Thu, 20 Feb 1997 10:49:37 -0700
From: "Daniel U. Thibault" (
Subject: Stump the Net: Bao

I believe Bao is a member of the Mancala/Awele/Owari family, possibly related to Ba-Awa, the variant played in Ghana.

Wilbur Smith mentions the game in his novel River God --although that's not much of a reference since Smith mangled every single other bit of history to be found in the book...

Daniel U. Thibault

Date: Mon, 10 Mar 1997 22:08:30 -0500
From: Dany Gagnon (
Organization: Le Valet d'Coeur
Subject: Stump the Net - January 1997

The description is too vague; it sounds like a variant of Awale of Owari but that would be too easy.

The Game Cabinet - - Ken Tidwell