The object of the game is to advance your pieces towards the centre of a decreasing series of concentric rings. Once you reach the centre circle, you score a point and are returned to the start. Along the way other players can land on your pieces to capture them, scoring a point in turn.
The first player to score six points wins.
Well, it would be easy, if not for the moving rings..
The game starts with the rings on the board lined up showing a clear path for each player to the centre of the board. This is what is known as “lulling them into a false sense of security.” Each player has their own playing area outside the rings, where they keep their playing pieces and their scoring pieces..
Once all players are ready, the fun can begin.
Each player takes their turn by rolling five coloured dice, each one corresponding with a matching pair of coloured rings.
For each dice, the player gets to move one of those matching rings a corresponding number of places in either direction. This changes the approach to the centre circle for every player.
Mandala is uniquely challenging as every turn results in a new configuration of the board. While planning is still a key part of the gameplay, the random factor of the dice and the decisions of your opponents mean you can never have a fool proof strategy. What’s more, a move that benefits you in the short-term can end up aiding your opponents more as the game progresses..
The real beauty of Mandala, however, lies in the playing of it. Words and images on a screen are no substitute to diving in and making your move.
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