DARA (or Derrah), a popular North African version of Go-Bang, is usually played on a wooden board with thirty pits. Pebbles, beans, or marbles are used as playing pieces. Since the game is played in two phases, it involves both strategic planning and the concentration necessary to both block and out-maneuver your opponent.
In the first phase, the players place their twelve playing pieces on the board wherever they choose; however, no more than two pieces of the same color may be next to each other. In the second phase, players take turns moving their pieces, trying to get three in a row. This gives them the right to remove one of their opponent’s pieces from the board.
Dara can be played on a board with pits, on a board marked with 30 squares, or even on the ground in hollows dug out of the earth.
HOW TO PLAY DARA. NUMBER OF PLAYERS.-Two.
OBJECTIVE.-Each player tries to move his or her pieces so that they form a row of three, which entitles them to remove one of the oppo¬nent’s pieces. When one player is no longer able to form a row of three pieces or when all of one player’s pieces have been removed from the board, the game ends and the other player is the winner.
MATERIALS-A rectangular playing board divided into 30 squares, six on one side and five on the other. Each player has i z playing pieces: one player has one color and the other player has another color.
To BEGIN PLAY.-After deciding which player will take the first turn, the players alternate placing their pieces on any square of the board. No more than two pieces may be placed next to each other by the same player during the first phase of the game.
Since the placement of pieces during this part of the game will determine which moves will be possible during the second phase, it is important to plan carefully where to place the pieces.
To PLAY After all of the 24 pieces are on the board, each player may rnove one piece one square per turn, backward, forward, or sideways, hut not diagonally.
Neither player may set more than three pieces in a row. Rows of aur pieces do not count or allow a player to remove the opponent’s iece from the board.