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Parcheesi The Best Game Ever

Updated on September 13, 2022


A Family Game

Some of my fondest memories were when my family played Parcheesi together. We would make a big bowl of buttered popcorn, set our game on a table, and play for hours. It was one of the first games I remember learning to play as a child. Our game had wooden playing tokens with circular grooves carved into each dime-sized piece. I loved the way they felt when they were pushed around the board.

The game's object is to make it around the entire playing board back to the home place where the game started. The game begins with each player choosing a colored token created in play at its home color-coded space. This makes it easy for the player to remember where to start and end the game.

I can remember the negotiations that went on between my siblings. Everyy time we played the gam, I seemed to wantd the same color. Since my brother was the oldest, he usually made up the rules about how we would choose our tokens. Of course, it went by age, with the oldest choosing first. It is easy to forget how simple life was then and how the simple task of choosing a playing piece became such a complex issue.

Board games are one of the best ways to pass the time and interact with other players. Those days were time to learn to cooperate with others and test out strategies for winning the game. These are some of the best times I shared with my siblings, and when I time of them, I am back in my childhood home without a care.

How to Play Parcheesi

Board Styles and Storage

Commercial Parcheesi game boards have changed over the years, as have the tokens and shaker cup. This is why many people find making the Parcheesi collection so much fun. The collectible game can be easily found in second-hand stores, garage sales, and online.

Some people like to displace game boards like pictures and hang them on their walls as decoration. Sometimes shadow box frames are used with the board only displayed while the other game pieces are hidden behind the panel.

These displays make bright and colorful decorations that are great for kids' or recreation rooms. They can be easily removed from their frames to be played. They are returned to their hanging space once the game is over,

Parchessi Board Game

Play Parchessi

Simple board games from long ago still have a place in the modern world. Parcheesi is one of the most accessible games to learn and fun for the entire family. I remember getting my first Parcheesi Game for my 9th birthday. One of my friends from the old neighborhood gave it to me at my birthday party.

That night, my brothers, sister, and I played it for the first time. Once we read the instructions, we set up the board and began to play the game. We decided I would get to choose my token first, so I chose the red one. Then my brothers and sister chose theirs. It was fascinating to have an activity we could all play together. Once the game got going, the fun began.

I remember paying close attention so I wouldn't miss my turn. We had our own rule that if you didn't take your turn quickly after the next player, you lost your turn. This came about from other games we played when the next player wasn't paying attention. We used to play checker a lot back then.

The game moved quickly, and we had time to play several more before dinner that evening. So after we had done the dishes, we returned to the game and played until we were told it was time to put it away and get ready for bed.

Wooden Parchessi Board

The Rules in a Nutshell


  1. the game requires 2,3, or 4 players.
  2. piece enter the track by throwing a 5.
  3. one piece is entered per play unless a double 5 is rolled, then 2 tokens may enter.
  4. all blue spaces are safe spaces and token may not be captured.
  5. no pieces may pass when to of the same color token is on the same space
  6. to win the game all of your tokens must enter you home space.


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