Ludo board: OverView

Special areas of the Ludo board are typically coloured bright yellow, green, red, and blue. Each player is assigned a colour and has four tokens[b] of matching colour. The board is normally square with a cross-shaped playspace, with each arm of the cross consisting of three columns of squares—usually six squares per column. The middle columns usually have five squares coloured; these represent a player’s home column. A sixth coloured square not on the home column is a player’s starting square. At the centre of the board is a large finishing square, often composed of coloured triangles atop the players’ home columns (thus depicting “arrows” pointing to the finish).

Two, three, or four can play, without partnerships.[1] At the beginning of the game, each player’s four tokens are out of play and staged in one of the large corner areas of the board in the player’s colour (the player’s home base or yard  ). When able to, the players will enter their tokens one per time on their respective starting squares, and proceed to race them clockwise around the board along the game track (the path of squares not part of any player’s home column). When reaching the square below his home column, a player continues by racing tokens up the column to the finishing square. The rolls of a single cube die[7][9] control the swiftness of the tokens, and entry to the finishing square requires a precise roll from the player. The first to bring all their tokens to the finish wins the game. The others often continue play to determine second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers.

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