A Ludo board game is also a common board game played in Jamaica and many parts of the Caribbean. It is a square board game with smaller squares aligned around it that pieces have to journey upon during the course of the game. These smaller squares form parts of the larger starting squares of each player.
The middle rectangles form the home column for each colour and cannot be landed upon by other colours – well except for the one at the base. The middle of the board forms a large square which is the 'home' area and is divided into 4 home triangles, one of each colour. At each corner, separate to the main circuit, are coloured squares where the pieces are placed to start – these are starting squares. Each of these squares is of same colour to its adjacent borning square.
Counters start their circuit on the borning square which is one square in from the end of the arm and adjacent to the starting square
The starting square, the borning square, the home triangle and all or parts of the home column rectangles are coloured to match the corresponding pieces.
Each player chooses one of the 4 colours (green, yellow, red or blue) and places the 4 pieces of that colour in the corresponding starting square.
Positive Energy Board
This is a Positive Energy game board which is specifically designed to bring a positive feeling to whoever plays on it, and to whatever household it becomes a part of.
The Stars, coupled with the four earth elements of Earth, Fire, Water and Air - with fifth element of Spirit strategically intertwined, and radiant earthly colors associated with them - it packs a punch in positive energy.
How To Play
Players take turns in a clockwise order; highest throw of the dice starts. See labelled board in photo gallery below.
A throw of 6 on any of the two dice means a piece can be born on it’s like coloured borning square. Two 6s or double six means two pieces can be born at the same time. Throws of doubles can also move two pieces at the same time once born – but this option is entirely up to the player.
Each throw, the player decides which piece to move. A piece simply moves in a clockwise direction around the track given by the number thrown. If no piece can legally move according to the number thrown, play passes to the next player in the order.
A throw of 6 gives another turn.
A player must throw a 6 to move a piece from the starting square onto the borning square.
If a piece lands on a piece of a different colour, the piece jumped upon is returned to its starting square to be born again.
If a piece lands upon a piece of the same colour, this forms a block. This block cannot be passed or landed upon by any opposing piece. The block will have to be removed by the player who had set it before the opponent pieces can advance.
When a piece has journeyed around the board, it proceeds up the home column. A piece can only be moved onto the home triangle by an exact throw on either die or a combination of both dice.
The first person to move all 4 pieces onto the home triangle wins.
20" x 20" Ludo Game Board
16 Ludo Pieces (4 pieces per player)
Storage Pouch For Game Pieces
This is a fun filled game for family and friends – a maximum of four persons can play at a time which can bolster relationships. Game can continue even after someone wins. Therefore, remaining players can compete for second, third place and so on. It’s a game where players can set out to eliminate other players just because those players had eliminated them before, or simply for the fun of it.
It fosters self-control and decision making too. On many occasions during the game a player will be caught between two minds: eliminate this player who had just eliminated them or make a run for it towards their home. But a throw can only carry you thus far, especially when a six wasn’t thrown. And incidentally, that same player whom you had just shown mercy ends up eliminating you. Well, elimination here means a player will return to their starting square and wait their turn to throw a six before being born again.
Design inspired by the author of the Sacred Emblem Novel
Enjoy this beautiful game!