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If you have played Ludo, then it won’t be difficult for you to understand Parcheesi rules. Parcheesi, also termed as the game of India, is a board game originated from England. However, Parcheesi and Ludo are actually the modified branches of Parchisi game of India. The Parcheesi game is played on a crossed board consisting of 68 squares among which 16 are the safe zones. Parcheesi is a game of 2-4 players where you can play in teams or even individually. Since it has the origin from Ludo so the Parcheesi rules are quite common to Ludo and easy to understand if you are familiarized with the latter. The interesting part about Parcheesi is that it can be played regardless of your age. So, you what if you’re in your 50s, you should be a kid at heart.
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Equipment and Setup
With the equipment, they are the same as that of Ludo. Yes, it means just the three things. A multicolored crossed board on which pawns are moved, Pawns of four different colors, where each color shall be four in number and lastly, the two dice with dots imprinted on it. These dots are the representation of numbers from 1-6. Each player in Parcheesi has their own color and one group of color belongs to one player.
The crossed board consists of four zones, located out of the route. Players shall keep their pawns which are not in the game, in their respective zones. The pawns are moved forward along the boards according to the punctuation depicted by dice, that is rolled by players in every turn.
The Objective of the Game
Each Pawn is moved in a counterclockwise direction on the board until they finish by coming in the center from their respective zones. The winner is the player who introduces all their four pieces in their respective final circle before any other player does.
Parcheesi Game Play
The game begins when each player chooses their color. Any player can then start rolling the dice first and then the turns are rotated in either clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. The final call in deciding the turns goes to the players playing the game. At the start of the game, each player rolls the dice. The player who gets the highest value starts the game. Each player begins with their 4 pieces in their home circles. If you are playing with start mode of the game, the game starts with one piece already on the board.
Another popular variant of the game required the players to roll the dice and bring up 6 on it in order to be allowed to move their pawns on the board. This can be done by a singular dice and if you are playing with two dice then you can roll in a combination, e.g. 2 & 4 and 3 & 3. If you roll two 6 then you can introduce two of your pieces on starting point. Once you are out on your starting point, your pawns are required to move through the whole board and return to the home square/circle. The same process is repeated by all four pawns to win the game.
In each turn, players roll the dice and move squares as dictated by the dice. It is up to the players to choose whichever piece they would want to move on the board, except at certain situations which will are explained already under the heading of ‘Parcheesi rules’.
Parcheesi Scoring Rules
Parcheesi though have many variations in the gameplay but there are some of the rules which are popular worldwide. We’ll be discussing those now.
- If the player rolls a 6 on the dice, then they are given a free turn to roll once again and thus move the pawns accordingly.
- If the same player rolls two other 6 in their free turn then none of the 6 is counted and the player is not allowed to move their pawns in that particular turn. This is referred to as foul- rolling three consecutive 6.
- The two pieces of the same color on the same square form a barrier and no pawn can cross the barrier.
- When a player rolls a 6 then they are required to break the barrier and move of the pawns forming the barrier.
- If a player goes on the square already occupied by another pawn of a different color, then the piece already presents on the square is eaten. The eaten pieces go back to the home and need to be introduced again.
- It is also possible to eat a piece when you put your piece on the board (after rolling 5) and your starting point is already occupied by a pawn of a different color. In case there are two pieces of a different color, then the piece arrived at the last would be eaten.
- Once a pawn of a player reaches the center, the player gets a bonus of 10 points and thus a free turn to roll the dice and move another pawn 10 squares.
- Pawns come to the center through the middle row located near its home row. However, pawns come to the middle row only after completing the round of the board.
- Sometimes 5 is used rather than 6 to introduce the pawn on starting point.
Winning the Game
These were some basic Parcheesi rules. They will help you understand the variants if you want them to include to spice up the game. The winning depends on how quickly you will bring your all four pawns to the center of the board. The sooner you get them, the quicker you will win the game.
An insight into the Parcheesi is that originally it was played on a piece of cloth with four different colored shells. Thanks to modern technology! It has saved us from the hassle of cloth.
But, whatever the results are going to be, we do guarantee you the unlimited fun for straight four to five hours and sometimes even more than that if you follow some strategic play!