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Pachisi (Pachis, Pucheesee)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, Race, Escape


Pachisi is a race game and one of the longest-played games in South Asia. It is widely played throughout South Asia, and was transformed in the UK and US as Ludo and Parcheesi.


The game is played either by two teams of two players, or by two players playing with two sets of pieces. The pieces move along the outer track of the board according to dice throws. If a piece lands on a space occupied by an opponent, the opponent's piece is sent back to the starting position. Certain marked squares indicate spaces where pieces are safe from being sent back. After completing a circuit of the board, the pieces then move into the central row of squares in the arm where the player began. The player must then move off all of their pieces by an exact roll. The player or team to remove all of their pieces from the board first wins.


These rules were taken from the Wikipedia ruleset.

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Pucheesee (Deccan six cowries) Observed in the Deccan by G. Herklots.
Pucheesee (Deccan seven cowries) Observed in the Deccan by G. Herklots.


South Asia

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Murray 1951: 135

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Herklots, G. 1832. Qanoon-e-Islam, or the Customs of the Moosulmans of India. London: Parbury, Allen, and Co.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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