June 19 – 170

Rhino 5.0. A Fanorona board consists of lines and intersections, creating a grid with 5 rows and 9 columns subdivided diagonally to form part of the tetrakis square tiling of the plane. In the tetrakis square tiling, each square divided into four isosceles right triangles from the center point, forming an infinite arrangement of lines.

Fanorona originated in Madagascar. According to a popular legend, an astrologer advised King Ralambo to choose his successor by selecting a time when his sons were away from the capital to feign sickness and urge their return; his kingdom would be given to the first son who returned home to him. When the king’s messenger reached Ralambo’s elder son, he was playing fanorona. His younger brother arrived earlier and inherited the throne.