Believed to have been created around the 4th century CE in India, Parcheesi has a long rich history for a game. It originally was named Parcheesi and was related to Chaupur, a highly advanced game played by Hindu nobles such as Mogul Emperor Akbar. Parcheesi first moved to England in the 1860s and then was turned into Ludo in the 1890s, a simpler form for children to play. It then moved to the United States between 1867 and 1870, and was given the name we know today.
How to Play:
The game requires 2 to 4 players, and Parcheesi is fairly simple. The players each have four pawns in their colored circle, and the idea is to move all four pawns to the center circle counterclockwise. To move a pawn from the home circle, a player must roll a five. If successful, the players may move a pawn outside the circle, and if they fail to get a five, the next player tries. Once a player moves a pawn out onto the board, they roll the dice to advance. Then the player has two options depending on the total number of the dice. You may either move 1 pawn to the total number of spaces on both dice, or move one pawn to the number listed on one the die. If you roll doubles, you may roll again. This continues once a player does a full counter-clockwise run around the board until all of their pawns move to the center circle.