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Sugoroku (Ban-Sugoroku)DLP Game   

Period Medieval, Modern

Region Eastern Asia

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Race, Escape


Sugoroku is a race game that was played in Japan from the eighth century CE. Early boards are similar to boards for Chinese Shuanglu, and the games are probably related. By the nineteenth century, the game had largely become unpopular, and the rules for it are largely unreported, except for being similar to Backgammon.


2x12 board, divided in the center. Two six-sided dice. Fifteen pieces per player.



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Murray 1951: 115-116; Culin 1895: 81.

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Culin, S. 1895. Korean Games with Notes on the Corresponding Games of China and Japan. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania.

Masukawa, K. 2000. "Kurze Geschichte des Tricktrack in Japan." Board Game Studies 3: 51-58.

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

Yuhara, A. 2004. "The Evolution of Sugoroku Boards." Board Game Studies 7: 35-52.




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