Pachisi 3

To PLAY.-Each player moves a piece the number of spaces indicated by the throw of the pennies or cowrie-shells. If a player gets to throw again in the same turn (by throwing o, 1, or 6 heads up), the second throw may be used to move a different piece. A single throw may not be split between more than one piece. After having had at least one turn, a player may refuse to throw or to move in order to prevent being captured or to help his partner.

As the pieces are moved around the board, they may be captured unless they are on a castle square. These are marked with an x. A player captures an opponent’s piece by landing on the same square oc¬¨cupied by the opponent. The opponent’s piece is removed from the square and placed in the charikoni, and it must re-enter the board again. The player making the capture gets another turn. When a piece makes its way back to the center row of its own arm of the cross, it is safe and may not be captured.

A player, or partners, may double pieces to create a blockade by moving two pieces to the same square. An opponent or the same player cannot move a single piece past this blockade, and the blockade can only be captured by two or more of the opponent’s pieces landing on the blockade at once. If the blockade is on a castle square, it may not be captured. Two or more pieces making up a blockade may be moved around the board together on a single throw.

When a player reaches her own arm of the cross, she may decide to continue on a second trip around the board instead of moving up the center of the charikoni in order to help out her partner. The player or partners who manage to move all of their pieces around the board and back into the charikoni first win the game.


The Pachisi playing board may be assembled in two ways: You may copy the four pattern pieces and cut them out and mount them on a piece of posterboard so that the four center rings match up, one on top of the other; or, ou may copy the pieces and mount them and cut them out and then’ fasten them together by punching a paper fastener or tack through the center rings of each piece, one after another, so that all four pieces are connected at the center.