Ludo, a much simpler version of Pachisi for children, was popular in England and the United States at the end of the nineteenth century. It is played with one die instead of six pennies or cowrie shells.
Objective:.-To be the first player to move all four of his pieces safely into his home space.
A square board with four arms of a cross leading to the central home space. In each corner of the board are the home bases for each player’s four pieces, all of a different color from their opponent’s pieces. Traditionally, the Ludo board and playing pieces are colored red, blue, green, and yellow. There are no safe squares on the board as in Pachisi, but once a player’s pieces have reached the central row of the arm leading to her home space, they are safe from capture. A die is used to determine the moves.
THE BEGIN PLAY.-Each player chooses which color of home base and pieces he or she wants to play with, and then the die is thrown to see a gets the highest number and will take the first turn. The pieces (-moved around the board from each player’s starting point in a )Chwise direction, as shown at the top of page So.
Hach player must roll a 6 in order to place a piece on the starting Throughout the game, whenever a player rolls a 6, he is allowed ther throw of the die. The number thrown on the die cannot be did between two or more pieces, unless a player rolls a 6, when a difv: nt piece may be moved for the second throw.