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Row games come in many different shapes. The game Shisima from western Kenya is played on an octagon with lines drawn through the middle. The word Shisima is Kenyan for "body of water." The pieces are called imbalavali (a Kenyan word for water bugs) because the pieces move quickly around the board the way water bugs dart around the surface of a lake.

The game starts as shown above. Players move their bugs along one of the lines to an empty space (as before, a space is a point where lines meet).  Here are the choices black has for the first move:

The object of the game is to get your three counters in a straight line running through the middle.  Below is what a win for white might look like.

If the same sequence of moves is repeated three times, the game is called a draw.