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Giant Snakes and Ladders

  Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian board game regarded today as a worldwide classic. It is played between two or more players on a gameboard having numbered, gridded squares. A number of "ladders" and "snakes" are pictured on the board, each connecting two specific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate one's game piece, according to dice rolls, from the start (bottom square) to the finish (top square), helped or hindered by ladders and snakes respectively. The historic version had root in morality lessons, where a player's progression up the board represented a life journey complicated by virtues (ladders) and vices (snakes).



Players:
2 to 4

Competitive:
1 vs. 1, 1 vs. many.

Complexity:
2/10

Duration:
Medium

Type:
Game of Chance.


Fun factor

Snakes and Ladders is a game each one of us knows from childhood. A game of sheer luck, the phase "back to square one" originates from this game, or at least is influenced by it. Allow the young ones at your wedding or event (and the young at heart ones) to enjoy this classic game where they can literally almost "climb the ladder".


History

Snakes and Ladders originated in India. It was know as "the ladder to salvation". The game made its way to England and was sold as "Snakes and Ladders", and later introduced in the United States as Chutes and Ladders. When the game was brought to England, the Indian virtues and vices were replaced by English ones in hopes of better reflecting Victorian doctrines of morality. Squares of Fulfillment, Grace and Success were accessible by ladders of Thrift, Penitence and Industry and snakes of Indulgence, Disobedience and Indolence caused one to end up in Illness, Disgrace and Poverty.



Game Setup and Rules

Each player starts with their token piece on the starting square 1 on the bottom left corner of the mat. Players take turns to roll a single dice to move their token piece by the number of squares indicated by the dice roll. Token pieces follow a fixed route marked on the game mat in an ox-plow track from the bottom to the top of the playing area, passing once through every square.

If, on completion of a move, a player's token piece lands on the lower-numbered end of a ladder, the player must move the token piece up to the ladder's higher-numbered square. If the player lands on the higher-numbered square of a snake, the token piece must move down to the snake's lower-numbered square.

If a player rolls a 6, the player may, after moving, immediately take another turn; otherwise play passes to the next player in turn. The player who is first to bring their token to the last square of the track (100) is the winner.



Included in the Kit:

1 x Snakes and Ladders Mat (1.8 x 1.8m)
4 x Coloured Pieces
1 x Large Dice
2 x Instructional Booklets
2 x Carry Boxes*

*Box 1 weighs approx. 2 kg.
(37 x 17 x 20cm)

*Box 2 weighs approx. 2 kg.
(50 x 31 x 10cm)