Posted by: puloma9 | August 3, 2010

Ludo

Ludo

Ludo is a simple board game which is similar to Tock and Sorry. The game has been designed for two to four players. In this game the players compete with their four tokens from start to finish according to dice rolls. The game is a simplification of the traditional Indian Cross and Circle game Pachisi. The game is popular in many countries and is known as “Ludi” in the Caribbean, “Fia med knuff” in Sweden and “Mens-erger-je-niet” in the Netherlands. In Poland, the game is known as “The Chinese”. In Germany this game is called “Mensch ärgere dich nicht” which in English means “Man, don’t get mad”. But originally the name came from the Latin word ludo which means “I play”

Pachisi was originated in India by the 6th century. The earliest evidence of this game in India is the depiction of boards on the caves of Ajanta. This game was played by the Mughal Emperors of India; a notable example being that of Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar, who played living Pachisi using girls from his harem. Variations of the game made it to England during the British Raj, with one appearing under the name Ludo around 1896, which was then patented.

Ludo is a very popular board game in Bangladesh. In most of the house we can find a Ludo game for everyone to play, especially in leisure time. Usually elders like to play this game very much. In our time I also used to play Ludo with my friends and cousins. We have many interesting events behind the games which I miss very much now. The most common event was that we used to play the game late at night. We played it very silently, therefore our parents could not understand what we were actually doing at late night.

Ludo is my most favorite board game. It is also a creative game which has a great match with luck of our life. The system of playing Ludo also presents the luck of our life. If the dice comes six we can get a chance to go forward. Like in life we also need to wait for that chance to come out and go forward.

Ludo is one of the best family games ever. In Bangladesh when I visit any relatives’ house who are not so familiar to me, I see that they always offer us to play Ludo. If they offer to play chess, I often pretend to say no, because I do not like to play chess very much. But if anyone offers me to play Ludo, I can hardly say no.

 

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