Ludo and Pachisi

Ludo and Pachisi

Ludo is, in fact, the modern classic children's version of the ancient Indian game Pachisi. The word Ludo is Latin for 'play' and it's a straightforward race game with the objective being to be the first to get all 4 of your Ludo pieces to the home area in the middle.

But, just because Ludo is designed for children doesn't mean that you or they should have to put up with horrible plastic pieces on a thin card board! Below we have a fine selection of beautiful boards to allow you to enjoy this great game.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jaques 12 inch Ludo

A beautiful 12 inch Ludo board from Jaques made from high quality card and linen. It comes with handmade solid wood playing pieces and a wooden dice. Jaques were one of the first companies to produce a version of Ludo in Victorian times and Jaque...

Pachisi (Purple/Black board - beehive pieces, long dice and cowries)

Pachisi is the National Game of India. Masters Traditional Games are pleased to bring you a version of this fascinating game in the authentic Indian style - with a cloth Pachisi board and beehive shaped pieces. The Pachisi game is easily transportable an...

Hand Made Uckers board with storage cabinet and vinyl playing surface

A spin-off from our highly successful Ludo Boards, we hereby present, back by popular demand, our hand-made Uckers boards! This product has been designed from the outset to suit the requirements of Uckers, the grown up version of Ludo that is popular ...

French compendium of 4 classic games

This is a French compendium of games. There are 4 classic games that are all great and not often seen together in a compendium: * Nine Mens Morris (played since at least the middle ages) * The Game of Goose (the oldest commercial board game in the wo...

Hand Made Pachisi board in inlaid box with beehive pieces and cowries

Pachisi is the National Game of India. Although many western imitations of the game exist such as Ludo from England and the American Parcheesi, nothing compares with the original. Pachisi and the older and more complicated Chaupur (which can also be p...

Ludo and Nine Mens Morris games (15 inch)

This is a wonderful double game that is ideal for younger children or nursery, primary and junior schools. The boards are large and colourful making them attractive to the younger generation and the pieces are big and chunky and so perfectly safe for...

Jaques Small Ludo 17 inch

Ludo, meaning 'Play' in Latin is a Victorian version of the ancient Indian game of Chaupur or Pachisi. The word Ludo is Latin for 'play' and it's a straightforward race game with the objective being to be the first to get all 4 of your pieces to the home ...

History of Pachisi and Ludo

Pachisi (also spelt Parcheesi, Parchisi, Parchisi, Parchesi; also known as Twenty-Five) is the National Game of India. The name comes from the Indian word "pacis" which means twenty five, the highest score that could be thrown with the cowry shells. Pachisi is, in fact, the younger sister of Chaupar (or Chausar, Chaupad, Chaupat, Chopat or Chopad), a more venerable, complex and skilful game that is still played in India.

The Indian Emperor Akbar I of the 16th century Mogul Empire, apparently played Chaupar on great courts constructed of inlaid marble. He would sit on a Dias four feet high in the centre of the court and throw the cowry shells. On the red and white squares around him, 16 beautiful women from the harem, appropriately coloured, would move around according to his directions. The origins of Pachisi and Chaupar are lost in time but uncertain evidence indicates that forms of the game were in existence in the Indian region from at least the 4th century AD. Both have hardly changed since Emperor Akbar played although the game is not as widely played in India as it once was.

Pachisi boards as played in the street are often constructed of cloth, 6 cowry shells are thrown to determine the moves and the counters are made of wood in a beehive shape. Pachisi is a 'Cross and Circle' game, variations of which appear all over the world

In 1896, a westernised version of Pachisi was published in England under the name Ludo (Latin for "I play"), a game which has been popular in that country ever since. The game however, is a simplistic version of Pachisi for children. In America, an analagous simplified version appeared called Parcheesi which was for decades, Selchow & Richter's bestselling game.

You can learn more about the history of Ludo and Pachisi from The Online Guide to Traditional Games.

 

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