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An abstract strategy game about balance for two players




Kaalu is a 2-player abstract strategy game of balance.


Players take turns either placing a stone from their supply, or moving a number of stones from one pile to another, aiming to achieve 'primacy' of four of the seven piles before their opponent.


Kaalu is an extremely simple game, component-wise. It consists entirely of 63 stones, in 3 different colored sets of 21.

Design Goals

I designed Kaalu to be a game that 'could' have been played a thousand years ago, with nothing more than stones/beads/shells that could be found easily, and pits in the ground. The mechanics are fairly simple and have precedent in ancient games.

I also wanted a game that played with the theme of balance -- its been a bit of a fascinating topic for me for a long time, and I like to explore that.

The game lends itself to a chess-like notation system as well, providing the possibility for long-term study should one wish to dive deep.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CREATE YOUR OWN COPY This option is only provided for those who wish to have a portable version in a nice tin. The rules are freely available, and you are encouraged to craft your own copy!


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Publish Date October 07, 2019
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Department Games
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More Info Kaalu web site

Why buy this?

  • Could've been played thousands of years ago (but it wasn't)!
  • Single page of rules!
  • Easy to understand, but can get very tricky!

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