This Madagascan game was used in divinatory rituals; and during the storming of the capital by the French in 1895 the Queen and her advisers placed more faith for victory on the result of an official game between designated professionals than they did on their army.
Fanorona developed from Alquerque about 1680 by doubling the board, increasing the number of game pieces to 44, and changing the method of capture.
Fanorona has two unique methods of capture, namely by APPROACH and by WITHDRAWAL. The game is won by capturing all of the opponent’s pieces.
Each board is made of 11-ply premium ¾” (1.895 cm) thick Birch plywood for long-term durability. Since wood is a natural product, each board has a unique grain making it one-of-a-kind. The boards are sold as either unstained or stained. The stained boards are satin clear-coated for maximum protection and easy cleaning. Each game comes with two sets of distinctly colored game pieces as well as detailed rules and how-to-play instructions booklet. The colors of game pieces are subject to availability.
Dimensions: 23.375″ X 23.375″, 59.4 cm X 59.4 cm
Average Weight: 6.60lbs, 2.99kgs
Board Stain Color: Dark Walnut
Made in USA