A Traditonal Strategy Game Playable Nearly Anywhere

    The game of Clod consists of 7 game pieces and a board of 3 squares by four squares.  Each player possesses 3 game pieces and and takes turns moving the seventh, called "the clod".  The object is to get all three of your pieces into a line and prevent your opponent from doing the same.  

    In Nupiat rules Clod, the most common variant, the players flip a coin.  The winner of the coin toss chooses to place a piece first.  The clod or one of the players own game pieces may be placed anywhere on the board.  The other player then places a piece and they continue to alternate until all seven pieces are on the board.  Once the clod has been placed however, the other player may not move it until actual play begins.  The player who first placed the clod moves first.  This is the beginning of the first round.  In each round, each player gets a turn.  The players alternate who gets to move the clod each round.  Each player gets to move one game piece (not the clod) one space on the board in any one direction.  If it is his or her round to move the clod, this must be done before moving his or her own game piece.  This continues till one player get his or her three game pieces in a row.  No player is allowed to win however until the completion of the third round and each player must move a piece each turn as well as the clod if it is his or hher round to do so.

    Clod is called Khohg in the native Alathay tongue, which literally translates as "earth" or "ground", or on occasion a small piece of either.  The name for the game comes from the game piece which the players take turns moving, which is called "nehsh khohg" or "the clod".

    Several variations occur, usually named for the location they came into prominence.   Game pieces were most probably originally small rocks, thus the name clod.  Currently it is played with any number of markers including rocks, shells, beads, coins, or specially carved game pieces.  A system of quick betting on games for onlookers has developed based on number of rounds played and the expected winner.