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Udat Pagada DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, War, Replacement, Eliminate, All


Udat Pagada is a game played on a Chaupar board, but ignoring the spaces on the board. It was played up until the early twentieth century by girls. Graffiti suggests that the game could be much older.


Played on a Chaupar board. Two players. Four pieces per player. Seven cowries, used as dice. The throws are as follows: one face up = 10; two faces up = 2; three faces up = 3; four faces up = 4; five faces up = 25; six faces up = 36; seven faces up = 14; all faces down = 7. Players start from opposite ends of the board. In this game, the divisions of the arms of the board are ignored; each arm is considered one space, and the spaces between the arms are also considered a space, making eight total spaces. Players sit opposite each other, and the point in front of them is the starting point for that player. Play proceeds in an anti-clockwise direction. When one player's piece lands on a space occupied by an opponent's piece, the opponent's piece is captured. A player wins by capturing all of the opponent's pieces.

Deodhar 1905 (translated by Dnyaneshwari Kamath).

These rules were taken from the Udat Pagada ruleset.

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Udat Pagada Rules for Udat Pagada.
Throw of Thirty Six cowries up = 30.



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Kamath 2020: 27.

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Deodhar, A. 1905. Sachitra Marathi Khelamce Pustak. New Delhi: Times of India Press.

Kamath, D. 2020. "Games: Then and Now." In R. Gowri Raghavan and D. Kamath, eds. Playing with the Past. Mumbai: India Study Centre Trust.



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