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pachisi

Updated on September 28, 2012

hey guys I would love to share with you all about a new game that I learnt today. Though this game is not new but old version of the new games which we play, was excited to learn and play it. Its so exciting when you learn new games and more exciting when you come to know that these games were played by our ancestors and was played by many kings and almost in all the houses and by people of all ages. Some people also call it 'parcheesi'

Im more excited to share this game with you as a lens on squidoo. Read ahead to find out more about the game.

Lets begin from its history

This game originated in India around 1200 years ago, also known as national game or royal game of India. It was played by the harems in the courts of kings. There are many kingdoms in India which have a separate court room to play pachisi, now known as 'parcheesi',american version, with the board placed in the centre you can see harems in the court playing pachisi. This was a entertainer in almost all the houses and is said to one of the earliest emerged board games. It is said to be the base for the board games like ludo which is from England and the rules and the way of playing the game is also almost the same. This game is also known as the game of skills.

Get some boards before you learn how to play

You can find game boards of different designs and colors. Select from the wide range below

How to play?

When you open a pachisi game kit, you'll find 3 long rectangular dices which has the nos 1,3,4,6 . The game board or cloth is approx 78x78cm.

You can find 16 pawns, 4 different colors, 4 each.

The middle big square is called as the 'charkoni'. Each player gets four pawns of the same color which he keeps in his nest that is right side of the board.

The objective of the game is to move all the four of his pawns to the charkoni by moving his pawn all around the board in the counter clockwise direction along the board and the number steps to move is decided by the total number from all the three dices.

The dices are rolled by turns. The cross marked boxes or the colored boxes are the places when the pawn is kept, the other player cannot kill it otherwise when the pawn is moving along the way, if the number of other player coincides that is the pawn takes the place of another pawn means the pawn which was kept before in its place is killed and the player to whom the pawn belongs loses it and it is kept out of the game.

After completing going around the outer boxes of the board and completing a round the player enters the middle line from where he can reach the charkoni.

Once a player finishes all his pawns to charkoni, he wins the game.

Hope you'll sure try this out. Its fun when played with family and friends.

Make your own pachisi game board!

Materials required to make your own pachisi game board:

A 13 inch square piece cardboard or a 13 inch cloth(preferably thick material)

marker

Color pens or thread and needle

ruler

Measure 3.5 inches from the top-left of a square piece of 13-inch cardboard and draw a vertical line down to the bottom of the cardboard.

Draw another vertical line, 6 inches to the right of the first vertical line and rotate the cardboard clockwise 90 degrees.

Measure 3.5 inches from the left and draw a vertical line straight down. Draw a second line 6 inches from the first. The cardboard will be split into six areas with a 6 inch by 6 inch square in the center.

Measure 1 inch inward from each side of the central square and draw 5 - 5 inch square inside the larger square using the measurements as the guide.

Draw straight line connecting the top-left corner of the outer-center square to the bottom-right corner of the outer-center square. Now draw a straight line connecting the top-right corner of the outer-center square to the bottom-left corner of the outer-center square.

Measure 2 inches to the right of the left side of top center space.

Draw a line down to the top of the inner-center square. Draw another vertical line 2 inches from the first extending down to the top of the inner-center square.

Rotate the cardboard clockwise 90 degrees and draw two vertical lines 2 inches apart extending from the top of upper-center space down to the top of the inner-center square. Repeat with the other two sides of the cardboard. A rectangle flanked by two trapezoids will be in the outer-center square.

Start at the top of the upper-central space and measure 0.5 inches down and draw a horizontal line across the space. Continue down the space at 0.5 inch intervals until you reach the outer-center square. Repeat on the other outer-central sides of the board. The game board will now have four sections of 21 rectangular spaces.

Draw small circle in the rectangle, five spaces down from the top-left of the outer-center area on the board. Draw a small circle in the top space on the center of the outer-center area of the board. Draw a circle five spaces down from the top-right of the outer-center area on the board. Rotate the board and repeat with the additional outer-center areas.

Draw a circle in each of the corner squares of the board. The circle should extend to cover the whole of the spaces. Color the top-left circle yellow, the top-right circle green, the bottom-right circle red and the bottom-left circle blue.

Color yellow all but the top space in the second row of rectangular spaces in the top center square, and the rectangle in the upper part of the outer center square. Turn the board counterclockwise and do the same, but with green. Turn the board again and do the same with red. Turn the board again and do the same with blue.

Color small circled space to the left of the red circle red, above the blue circle blue to the right of the yellow circle yellow and below the green space green.

Write the word "Home" in the very center of the board to complete your pachisi game board.

The same board can also be made using cloth and for that you can take a rectangular cloth of the above given measures and cut out the portions of the nest to make it look like an ancient game board and you can embroider using different colored threads after marking the lines from the marker on the cloth. Stich along the lines and hem all the ends.

You can buy the pawns from a shop or use buttons of different colors

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