The name “picaria” means “little stone” in the language of the Tewa tribe of Southwest United States. This 2-player game of three in a row has been played for many generations and spread all across the southwest. It’s a typical two-phase three-in arow game, but there are no captures in the game. Placing piece to form a row of three will win, but if that pattern is not achieved in the first phase, play moves on to the movement phase. One space at a time along the lines of the board, players attempt to form the elusive row of three while blocking their opponent from doing the same. There are variations to the rules, and the board can be used to play other games as well.
This game can be played by 2 players ages 8 and up. One game of Picaria takes about 20 Minutes to play.