- 4 Wood Boards
- 2 Dark Stones
- 2 Light Stones
- 116 Black River Stones
- 116 White River Stones
- Cotton Dividing Rope
Arrange the game components as shown, with players sitting opposite one another. In SHOBU, there are four boards of active game play, with four stones of each color per board, arranged as shown.
One player will control ALL the Black stones and the other, White. The two boards closest to each player are called their Homeboards, with the rope marking this division.
One of a player's Homeboards is Dark in color, their other Homeboard is Light. …