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The Quincala Games are abstract board games for two players invented by Ulf Åberg. The name Quincala comes from the Latin "quin-" meaning "five" (since that number plays an important part in the design), and "-cala" from "Mancala", the ancient family of African games from which the sowing part of the move is inspired. I had the first idea of the games in 1977 and the original wooden pieces were made in 1979. Currently, there are two size of board ("Classic" and "Mini") and there are three distinct versions of the game reasonably tested:
Ulf Åberg was born in Sweden, but currently lives in Birmingham, UK, where he plays the viola in the CBSO. A slightly irrelevant profile is posted here. Contact Ulf on to get more information, to join the Quincala Newsletter, to send game scores and/or report a bug in the software.
AB Games Ltd (Company number 4120179) was formed to provide a limited company framework to deal with any revenue that would come from the Quincala project. After trading shortly in 2012 we have now applied to have the company closed. Quincala game sets will be sold directly from Ulf in the future. All copyright in the name of AB Games Ltd will be the sole property of the author.
© The Quincala Games, the software 'Quincala Game Viewer' and all accompanying material are the copyright of Ulf Åberg 2009 - 2012.
The Quincala Game Viewer software is released under GPL version 3, which is a so called open source licence. That means, among many other things, that it is free to download, re-distribute and use, and that I have to make the relevant source code available for perusal and modification. The full legal notice for the software is posted here.
This licence does not provide any license or right to use any trademark owned by Ulf Åberg in any form or media. QUINCALA® is a registered trademark owned by Ulf Åberg.
The design of the (classic) Quincala board is a Registered Design, also owned by Ulf Åberg.
The Quincala project and AB Games Ltd have a strong policy about optimising security and privacy for the users. No personal data will be kept unless absolutely necessary for functional or legal reasons. The software is as secure and stable as we can do it; if by any chance you find a security flaw or any other bug, please contact Ulf on and the necessary actions will be taken as soon as possible.
It is always best practice to make sure any downloaded software is scanned for viruses before use. The Quincala software mainly exchanges information with the computer it is running on via the clipboard. Future versions of the Quincala software might enable saving user settings and history locally.
Hopefully, a "Short URL" facility will be implemented in the near future; this involves having to store certain data online. Notices about the privacy implications of this facility will be prominent.