Parcheesi. Loved by generations of people around the world, the parchis is a board game that delights and entertains in its simplicity. Let's see the History and curiosities of Parcheesi.
Parcheesi: how to play step by step 🙂
What is Parcheesi? 🎲
The game of Parcheesi is a board game that needs no introduction. East traditional game It is always a great option for bringing children and adults together at home or in an outdoor space.
Rules of Parcheesi
- The tiles cannot go back, they can only advance in a counter-clockwise direction, and to enter the final house you must roll the exact number required.
- If the number that comes out is greater than necessary and the pawn moves the entrance to the final square, you will have to turn the board one more time.
- Players are they take turns to roll the dice.
- To remove the card from his home or starting box, the participant must get number 5 (in some places the number 6). Until then, you must stay in that square and keep passing your turn.
- The 6th is the Holy Grail of Parcheesi, as it allows a piece to advance 6 squares and roll the dice again.
- If you roll with the dice three 6 in a row, the last pawn to move will be punished by returning to the starting square, the place where the pawns are at the start of the game.
- In the Parcheesi, It is not allowed that more than 2 pieces occupy the same square on the board.
- In the event that there are two pieces in the same square, a "tower" or "barrier" is formed that blocks the crosswalk of other colors.
- The barrier can only be removed by its creator. If this player rolls 6 on the die, he will be forced to dismantle his structure, moving one of the pawns on the tower.
- If someone rolls the dice and ends up landing in the same place where a friend already is, this unfortunate friend will have to go back to the beginning. This movement is called "eat the opponent".
History of Parcheesi 🤓
History says the game that would give rise to Parcheesi was born in India long time ago, in the middle of the XNUMXth century.
Called Pachisi , it used to be played in the famous Ajanta caves , located in the state of Maharashtra.
Its first representation appears on the floor and walls of caves, which are used as a board.
A curiosity is that precisely because of the wealth of its sculptures and cave paintings that date back to XNUMXnd century BCToday, this architectural complex made up of thirty-two caves is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A must see tourist spot for anyone visiting India.
Another curiosity, which was marked in the old stories, was the way the little more "interactive" than the Indian emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar invented to play Pachisi. Basically created a live version of the game, replacing the pieces on the board with women from his harem.
Parcheesi and its various names
As everything good ends up being copied, at the end of the XNUMXth century, with the British colonization, Pachisi took its first steps abroad.
It was not long before the colonists of the British Empire introduced the game to the United Kingdom, where, after some adaptations, it was officially named Ludo (Latin for "game") and therefore patented in 1896.
What is known from then on is that the game "went away" and, during the trip, Ludo and its variants achieved great popularity in many countries of the world, under various names.
In Germany, for example, Ludo is called “Man does not annoy you", Which means something like"Friend don't be mad”, And has equivalent names in Dutch, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak and Polish, where it is better known as Chinese ("The Chine (s) e").
In Sweden, it is famous as “Son", A name derived from the Latin word fiat, which means"so be it".
Common variations in the name are "Fia-spel"(Fia the game) and"Fia med knuff”(Fia with a push). In Denmark and Norway, oddly enough, the name Ludo was kept.
In North America, it is called, as in Spain, Parcheesi. But there are also variations created by different brands, known as Sorry! and Trouble.
And in Spain, we all know it as Parcheesi.
Curiosities of Parcheesi 🎲
For all ages
Thanks to relatively simple rules that are easy to remember, the game of Parcheesi is suitable for All ages, that children can play with each other or with the rest of the family. The most common is that 2 to 4 players play, but we also find varieties that play two or more players. In this case, the colors are added to the already traditional red, blue, yellow and green.
A racing game
For those who managed to pass indifferent to this wonder and do not know very well what it is about, the Parcheesi is a board game that can be played by 2, 3 or 4 players (in this case can form pairs).
The board of Parcheesi is square and marked by a cross, with each arm of the cross a different color (usually red, yellow, green and blue).
Each player has to make his 4 pieces, called "peons"Or"horses”, Complete a round on the board and reach the final square before the others.
As? Playing dice! That's right, Parcheesi is a game of luck, but no less exciting.
Two common games
You've certainly already seen that turning the board in this game also includes the Goose game. Also from double sided, but with a slightly different design is our Parchis y Gloria Game. Inspired by classic tales like “The Ant and the Grasshopper"Or"The Fox and the Crow”, Allows children over 3 years to have fun with two games. Its pieces are shaped like a horse.