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Snakes and Ladders




South Asia


"Gyan chaupar": a game originating in India at an unknown time in the past. It came to England around 1890 and was commercialized in other places like the Unites States as "Chutes and Ladders." Since its origin in India, the game had moralistic tones, with setback and boons in the game associated with immoral or moral behavior, respectively. The board is a grid with varying numbers of spaces, it can generally range from 72 to over 100. Each player has one piece and move according to the roll of one die. Representations of snakes and ladders are scattered throughout the board, connecting two spaces. If a player lands at the bottom of the ladder at the end of their move, they advance to the space at the top of the ladder. If a player ends their turn on a space with the head of a snake, they move down to the space with the tail of the snake. The first player to move off the last space of the board wins.

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