Not Just A Game

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Search every household and one shall find at least one of these collecting dust in a forgotten cupboard now. There are kids roaming around as adults now to whom these meant the world.

What were these, one may ask. Here are the top 5 Bangladeshi board games:

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Ludo
The objective of this game was to ensure that all the guti end up inside the box in the middle of the board. To do this, one has to depend with their sheer luck on a pair of die, move their guti forward until it circles the entire board and makes it home. On the way, there are several ‘safe zones’ and a maximum of three enemies chasing the same goals, ready to eat your guti with theirs. The players always pray for two sixes to give them a boost whenever their turn came.

Snakes & Ladders
Similar to Ludo,  this game has an element of danger. On a numbered board, the player has to reach 100 before anyone else can, surpassing several snakes that will swallow them several numbers down and praying for their guti to land on a ladder to take them up the several digits as a shortcut. Those who get a ‘one’ always get the head start.

 

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Chess
Locally referred to as daba, this is the game of intellectuals. Rather than seeing a lot of people playing this game, one would find two facing off, usually the elderlies of the family, with their supporters behind them & cheering them on. There is a reason why this game is an international sensation.

Monopoly
This game is famous for breaking friendships and making enemies. In monopoly, you get to become a business moghul for a day, buying/selling land, and forcing people who can’t afford the rent to enter into dubious contracts with you. The Bangladeshi version, tailored to Dhaka, brings about the sense of power. Who can forget the surge of dominance they felt when they bought the land of Gulshan and dominated over Motijheel?

 

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Carrom Board
This was where all the real action happens. This real time physical game was the most competitive of them all with players using their fingers to flick the striker disk to shove the carrom men into one of the four holes in the corners. It wasn’t just about fun; this game was about strategy and precision as well, where each player is on his/her own.

Board games gather people and entertain them. They shatter dreams and give hope. At the end of the day, these are what make childhoods and in some old-school households, they still do. Take a trip across Bangladesh with jovago Bangladesh, and you’re bound to play at least one of them, if you haven’t already.

 

by
Niladry Sabir

 

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