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Ludo

About Ludo

Ludo (from Latin ludus, "game") is a simple board game played, in which each player must move their four tokens from their starting positions round the board to their final allocated position. The first to do so wins.

 

Rules

At the start of the game, the player's four pieces are placed in the start area of their colour.

Players take it in turn to throw a die. A player must first throw a six to be able to move a piece from the starting area onto the starting square. In each subsequent turn the player moves a piece forward 1 to 6 squares as indicated by the die. When a player throws a 6 the player may bring a new piece onto the starting square, or may choose to move a piece already in play. Also, each time a player gets a 6 on the die, he/she gets another turn as a bonus.

If a player cannot make a valid move they must pass the die to the next player.

If a player's piece lands on a square containing an opponent's piece, the opponent's piece is captured and returns to the starting area. A piece may not land on a square that already contains a piece of the same colour.

Once a piece has completed a circuit of the board it moves up the home column of its own colour. The player must throw the exact number to advance to the home square. The winner is the first player to get all four of their pieces onto the home square.

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