Mu Torere is a traditional Maori game from New Zealand which is recorded as being played at the time of the early European settlers.
Age: Adults and older children
No. of players: 2
Equipment: Mu Torere game board (see diagram); 4 game pieces per player (use different coloured stones, coloured discs, coins, etc.)
Time: 5+ minutes
Aim: To move your games pieces into a position which prevents your opponent from moving any further.
1. Draw up your eight points board (see diagram below).
2. Both players place their game pieces on the board. One player (red) places her pieces on one side with one game piece on each point. The other player (blue) places his pieces on the points on the other side of the board.
3. Each player takes turns moving one game piece at a time. They can move either into the middle of the board (known as the putahi) or onto an adjacent point (known as the kewai). A player can only move a piece into the centre if it is adjacent to a n opponent's piece.
4. Players must not jump over another game piece or have more than one game piece at the same time.
5. The winner is the player who has blocked his opponent from making any more moves.
Blue can only move from position 1 or position 4 to the centre, since the other positions are not touching a red piece.
Red can only move from 8 to 1.
Blue must move from the centre to 8.
Red could move from 1, 5 or 7 to the centre. She chose to move from 1.
Blue could move from 2 or 8 to position 1. He chose to move from position 8.
Red could move from the centre to 8 or from 7 to 8. She chose to move from 7, thus blocking Blue from moving and winning the game.
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