Come play and share the games of your culture!
A variety of games that transport your across continents as you observe and even get to play.
Stop in and learn a new game or join a tournament.
Each tournament winner receives FusionFest items and food tokens.
Saturday 11am – 7pm
Sunday 1 – 5pm
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Ayo from South Western Nigeria, played by the Yoruba people. Similar to the game Mancala, Ayo is played by two people. The game requires strategy and some mathematical skills (i.e. counting).
- The 1st player picks up the marbles/seeds from a hole from their side of the board and place one of each of those marbles into the subsequent holes, counterclockwise.
- After placing the last marble, the player will pick up all of the marbles in that hole.
- If there is only one marble in the hole then the player’s turn ends.
- If there are 4 marbles in the hole the player removes those marbles from the game and player 2 starts their turn.
- If there are more or less than 4 marbles in the hole the player continues the same process until they reach one of the “conclusions” referenced above.
- Players continue taking turns doing this until there are not enough marbles left to play.
- The person with the most marbles at the end of the game wins.
Diabolo or Chinese Yoyo played in China and Taiwan.The Chinese Yoyo is a spinning toy that requires skill, coordination, and focus. In addition to spinning the yoyo on the sticks, people can also perform tricks on the yoyo.
- Player will begin by placing the Chinese yoyo on the string and wrapping the string on time.
- Player will begin moving the sticks up and down to get the yoyo spinning.
- If player masters spinning the yoyo, they can try unwrapping the string and throwing the yoyo in the air.
Choi Chuyen or Bamboo Jacks from Vietnam. Similar to the game jacks, Choi Chuyen is a game that requires coordination, focus, and multitasking abilities.
- The player starts with ten chopsticks on the ground and a tennis ball in hand.
- The player will throw the tennis ball and pick up 1 stick before catching the ball.
- If done successfully, the player will then throw the ball again and pick up 2 sticks before catching the ball.
- The player will continue doing this up to 10 sticks.
- If the player successfully picks up all 10 sticks they must, then, throw the tennis ball in the air and move the 10 sticks from hand to hand as many times as possible before catching the ball.
Marbles from Jamaica is a game often played by little kids in Jamaica. The game requires specific skills and aiming abilities.
- The player begins by placing a marble on their index finger.
- The player will then “thump” the marble using their thumb in an attempt to role the marble into the target (the box).
- The player is successful if the marble hits the target.
Istop from Turkey is normally played with 4 or more players and requires focus, listening abilities, and coordination.
- Player will begin by getting assigned a number and standing in a circle.
- Player 1 will throw the ball in the air and say another number.
- That player number must catch the ball and then say a new number when throwing the ball in the air.
- If the player does not catch the ball other players can yell “STOP.”
- Whoever yells “STOP” first is able to pick up the ball and continues the game.
Horseshoes from Rome. Horseshoes is a game that is popular in America today! The game is typically played competitively but can also be played individually. The game requires precision, aim, and power.
- Players will take turns tossing horseshoes in an attempt to hook them around the sticks.
- The player who hooks the most horseshoes wins the game.
- Cacho Alaylay from Bolivia, similar to the game Yahtzee, players attempt to get the most points by rolling a set of dice. The game is based on luck but still requires some strategy.
- Players take turns rolling 5 dice.
- Players have 3 turns to assemble a set of dice that add up to the biggest number.
- The person with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins.
Joft-o-Taq from Afghanistan is similar to the game odds and evens. Jof-o-Taq is a 2 player
- Player stand face to face and are assigned either “odd” or “even.”
- Players then count down from 3 and yell “shoot.”
- On “shoot” players hold up either a number 1 or a number 2. If the numbers add up to an even, then the even player wins and vice versa.
- The player competed for best out of 3.
- Guessing game that is based entirely on luck.
Ring the Stick from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, is a game that is played individually and helps improve dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
- Player will work to swing the ring so that it lands on the stick.
- If the player successfully “rings the stick” then they win the game.
Hula Hoop is popular across the world and requires rhythmic skills.
- Players will hula hoop and win if they are the last one still hula hooping.
Lutuvakatagane from Fiji, is a traditional game that is played with lemons. The game works to improve coordination skills and aim.
- Players will take turns throwing a lemon back and forth.
- Each time that the lemon is caught the players will take one step away from each other.
- Players will continue until the lemon is not caught.
Draughts/Checkers – Saturday 2 pm and Sunday 3 pm
Dominoes – Saturday 1pm and Sunday 3 pm
Chess – Saturday 12 pm and Sunday 2 pm
Mahjong – Saturday 3 pm and Sunday 3 pm