One will use Black stones and the other will use White.
This is identical to a Chess Board.
Use black and white Checkers or Go Stones.
Use the pawns from a Chess Set.
The Board starts in an empty state.
Each player starts with a pile of 12 Simple Stones and 6 Rank Stones. For a shorter game, play with 4 or 5 Rank Stones instead.
That's it. That's the goal.
Black goes first.
a Player places a Simple Stone on the Board. Stones are placed on the points/vertices of the Board, NOT in the empty spaces.
If, with a turn's stone placement, the Player is able to:
If a Player starts their turn without any Simple Stones in their pile, then they have LOST the game.
A Player MAY choose to NOT place a Rank Stone when they have achieved a Tulaga.
If a Player gets more than one Tulaga with a single move, they may select ONE for the placement of their Rank stone. (After placing their Rank Stone and removing the Tulaga's Simple Stones, the other Tulagas will be incomplete.)