|Inventor: Michael Engel,|
|Sowing: Single laps|
|Region: Austria, Germany|
A Sämann is a common theme in paintings and sculptures, e.g. Le Semeur (Jean-François Millet, 1850), Der Sämann (Vincent van Gogh, 1888), Sämann und Teufel ("sowing man and devil"; Albin Egger-Lienz, 1921) and Säman (Wilhelm Wandschneider, 1934-35).
The game is played with 10 bowls, which are arranged in a circular fashion.
It is played by just one person who needs 30 stones in six colors, five of each color.
At the start each bowl contains three stones distributed at random, but each of them must be in another color.
Every move the player picks up the contents of any bowl and sows these stones, one by one, clockwise into the ensuing bowls.
As soon as a bowl contains five stones of the same color, they are removed from the board. The bowl may still contain stones of other colors, which remain on the board.
The player wins, if he empties the board after less than 25 moves. He is a "champion", if he ever emptied the board in 20 moves.
- Engel, M.
- Die schönsten Spiele für 1 Person. Humboldt Verlags GmbH, Baden Baden (Germany) 2005, 95-97.
Adapted from the Wikinfo article, "Sämann" http://www.wikinfo.org/index.php/S%C3%A4mann, used under the GNU Free Documentation License.