Galliard Games Dara (Darrah) from Nigeria, Africa
Galliard Games Dara (Darrah) from Nigeria, Africa
Galliard Games Dara (Darrah) from Nigeria, Africa
Galliard Games Dara (Darrah) from Nigeria, Africa
Galliard Games

Dara (Darrah) from Nigeria, Africa

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Dara is a 2 player clever alignment game like Tic-Tac-Toe but far more complex. It is played in several countries of West Africa. In Nigeria it is played by the Dakarkari people. It is popular in Niger among the Zarma, who call it dili.


To form three-in-a-rows, and eliminate enough of your opponent’s pieces that he or she can no longer form three-in-a-rows.


  1. Players decide among themselves who starts first. It is completely arbitrary which player starts first.
  2. The board is empty in the beginning. Players take turn placing their stones onto the empty cells of the square board. This is known as Phase 1 of the game or the Drop phase.
  3. After all 24 stones have been dropped, Phase 2 or the Move phase begins. Players will then take turns moving their pieces orthogonally into an adjacent empty cell.
  4. Players attempt to make a three-in-a-row with their own pieces. The three-in-a-row must be orthogonal and not diagonal. Furthermore, it must be strictly three pieces in a row, and not four or more pieces in a row; four or more pieces formed in-a-row are illegal. If a three-in-a-row is made by a player, he or she can remove one enemy piece from the board which is not part of a three-in-a-row itself.
  5. If a player can no longer make three-in-a-rows with their remaining pieces (e.g. if the player only has two pieces left), he or she is the loser, and the other player is the winner.
  6. Please note that three-in-a-rows made during the Drop phase do not count. Therefore, a player cannot remove another player’s stone during the Drop phase even if one were to make a three-in-a-row. (In Niger, it is not allowed to make a three-in-a-row during the Drop phase.) Moreover, the rule that four or more pieces in a row are illegal to form also applies in the Drop phase.
  7. Lastly, if a player were to successfully form two three-in-a-rows in one move during the Move phase, only one enemy piece can be removed.

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