Ludo is a simple board game for 2-4 players that originated in India by the 6th century.


Ludo is played on a special board with a loop of cells, 4 start areas (squares in the board corners) and 4 home columns (rows of colored cells marked with I - IV towards the middle of the board).  Each player has 4 pieces, which are initially placed in the start areas:



The goal of Ludo is to complete a loop with each of your own pieces and place all of them on the home column.


At the beginning of the game all 4 pieces of each player are placed in their start areas.

Players take turns rolling a single die.

A player must get a six to be able to move a piece from the starting area onto the starting cell (the colored cell near the starting area of the same color).  In subsequent turns a player moves a piece clockwise 1 to 6 cells according to the number on the rolled die.  When a player gets six the player may take a new piece from the starting area or may choose to move a piece already in play.  Any throw of a six results in an extra turn. Otherwise the turn is passed to the next player.

A player cannot move a piece if it lands on a cell occupied by one of his own pieces.

If a player's piece lands on a square occupied by one of his opponent's pieces, the opponent's piece is captured and returned to the corresponding starting area.

Once a piece has completed a circuit of the board it moves up the home column of its own colour.

If a player cannot make a valid move he passes the turn to the next player.

The winner is the first player to get all four of his pieces onto his home column.

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