A Short Guide to Ludo: 4 Things To Know

People often associate the classic board game Ludo with the simpler days of yesteryears. Reminiscing the game filled them with nostalgia when Ludo used to be their favorite family pastime. Ludo is witnessing a revival in current times, as it has shifted to the digital medium. It gained a significant boost during the pandemic when people had to self-isolate themselves. It enabled them to connect with friends, family, or even strangers, indulge in the game and have fun. These factors have collectively contributed to the rise in popularity of Ludo in present times.

Understand the Ludo Board

Ludo is a competitive board game where players must race their tokens from start to end, based on the throw of the die. Ludo apps follow a similar format.

  • The game is played between two to four players.
  • The Ludo board is square-shaped. At each corner, a yard is drawn, which acts as the home base for four tokens of corresponding colors.
  • Typically, the board features blue, green, red, and yellow.
  • The colored yards are separated with a cross-shaped path.
  • The path leads from the starting position into the home triangle.
  • The center of the board features a home square made of four triangles.
  • Each hand of this path has three columns. The middle column leads to the home triangle for tokens of the corresponding color. Thus, it is known as the ‘home column.’
  • The star-marked squares on the path are considered safe squares.
  • The tokens must circum-navigate the path from start to home triangle.

How to Play

  • Players must choose a particular color at the start.
  • The game will proceed in the clockwise direction.
  • Players must get a six on the die to bring tokens to the start position from the yard. If they do not get it, they must pass the dice to the next player and wait for their turn.
  • Once the token is on the path, it can use other die numbers to move ahead.
  • A six also allow the player to roll again. However, three consecutive sixes cancel the turn.
  • While on the path, if a token jumps on the opponent’s token, the token jumped upon goes back to the yard.
  • If a token jumps on a token of the same color, it forms a block. Any opposing piece cannot land on this block.
  • Safe squares are a secure haven for tokens of all colors, where they can simultaneously reside.
  • An accurate throw of the die is required when the token enters the home column.

Winning

The first player who will bring their tokens into the home triangle will emerge as the winner. The game continues until all the players can occupy the remaining positions.

History

  • Ludo is based on the ancient Indian game of Pachisi, circa the 6th century.
  • The game was mentioned in the Mahabharata. It was played using cowrie shells and had two rectangular-shaped dies.
  • The game has traveled globally and is known by various names.
  • England had applied for the patent for the modern version of the game, published in 1896. It has primarily simplified the game and has replaced the die with a single square-shaped one that is easier to roll.
  • The game is also gaining significant momentum on the digital platform.

To Conclude:

If you are looking for a suitable recreational activity, you should try this board game. Download it on your device, and connect with real-time gaming partners to play on the go.

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