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Review of "Ludo"

published 16/12/2000 | jimbuck
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Ludo is a game well known to most people, particularly those
of advancing years. A simple game played by up to four players
on a colourful board. But once the Royal Navy got hold of the
game, it changed not only it's name but also the way the game
was played.

Some time before the middle of the last century the game of
Uckers was developed in the Royal Navy by her majesty's
sailors to while away the off watch hours. There was no telly
in them days and precious little radio either so the lads had
to do something. In days gone by, before the Rum ration was
brutally discontinued, matelots would play a game of Uckers
and the losers at the next "Tot Time," would be obliged to
offer to the winner, his whole Tot, halfers, gulpers or just
simply sippers, depending what was agreed before the game
began. In the time honoured tradition, the winner would very
rarely accept the full tot but would take a token drink, as he
would if offered halfers. Gulpers and sippers were always
accepted with relish.

After 283 years, 31st July 1970 was the last day when rum was
issued to British sailors and no doubt that since then some
other form of reward for winning at Uckers has taken it's

Uckers is played on an ordinary common or garden LUDO board,
using the normal LUDO counters and a die and some of the
normal LUDO rules with a few very interesting additions and

Uckers is a game for either 2 or two teams of two players.
With two players playing Uckers, each player takes two
colours, these being in the opposite corners of the board.
i.e. Green and Red or Blue and Yellow. With two teams playing,
each team takes the opposite corners.

The modern LUDO board is ever so slightly different from the
traditional board and it only makes a slight difference to the
game. The modern board no longer has a relatively safe square
situated in the corner between the entry to home and the exit
from base. This square is now the exit from base. It's absence
as a relatively safe haven should not make all that much
difference to the tactics of the game but the traditionalists
will, no doubt, view the change with mistrust and concern.

There is only a slight difference between the 2 player game
and the 4 player game.

In the 4 player game, although the two players form a team
they play independently of each other in so far as throwing
the die, moving the counters and tactics is concerned. In all
other respects they are a team and are considered as one

Ludo is a good game but Uckers is even better where not just
luck but strategy plays a major role.

This is not the place to explain how the game is played so if
you want to know how to play the game then go to my web site
Knock on my front door and from the bookshelf in my front room
pick the first book on the left on the second shelf. The light
blue one half hidden by the table top. The game of Uckers is
explained in there.

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  • fireman1 published 16/12/2000
    Great opinion. My Dad was in the Royal Navy and I played Uckers as a child with my Mum, When Dad was away, Brought back some great memory's
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Board Game - Family Board Game

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