2 - 4
20 - 50
# Asia
# Korea
# Circle board
# race game
# Race
# betting
# bidding game
# chasing sticks
# dice
# dice rolling
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How to set-up

1. Nyout is played on a circle shaped board with 20 marked spaces around the circle and 9 spaces forming a cross in the middle. The direction North is marked with a blue dot.

2. Nyout requires 4 casting sticks. You can use 4 dice; odd numbers representing 1, even numbers 0. Moves are calculated as the sum of the dice (1 through 4). If a throw shows 4 even numbers, the score is 5.

3. Each player selects 4 BEADs the colour of their choice. If playing a 3-player game, each player selects 3 BEADs. All BEADs start off the board.

4. Players decide who begins the game by rolling a die.

How to play

1. In turns, each player rolls the dice to determine the number of spaces they may move. Starting on the circle one space counter-clockwise from North, players start their BEADs and then move around the board counter-clockwise.

2. A player cannot divide a roll between BEADs and must use the full amount.

3. If a player rolls a 4 or 5, they can roll again. Players who roll a 4 or 5 can keep rolling until they roll a 1,2, or 3. The player can choose to use their rolls between BEADs.

4. If a player finishes their turn on West, South or East, they can choose to enter the cross as a short-cut on their next turn.

5. If a player finishes their move on a space already occupied by one of their own BEADs, they can choose to move these as a pair. Up to four BEADs can be joined in this way.

6. If a player finishes their move on a space already occupied by one of their opponent’s BEADs (or a pair/group), they remove the BEAD(s) from the board and the opponent must restart them.

7. Landing on North does not complete the board. A player must move their BEAD beyond North to have finished.

How to win

To win the game, a player must move all their BEADs around, and then off, the board.


1. Korea is full of interesting traditional board games. It has its own version of chess, and Go is played here by the more intellectual part of society. But people that are not a part of the intellectual society and have simpler education also have their games, and Nyout is one of these.

2. Nyout is a race game, it is often played as a gambling game, for a stake. Even without the wager, it is still enjoyable as a game in its own right.

3. The age and history of nyout is mostly not known. It's history in Korea was unknown until it was brought to international attention, by the famed American ethnologist and board game historian Stewart Culin in 1895.