Ludo is one of the most popular board game classics in Europe and is based on the ancient Indian game Pachisi. The game principle is very simple: Four players, sometimes six, trying to bring each of their four game pieces of a certain color "home" to. Who first brings all the characters in the safe goal wins. Diced will take turns, one diced 6 usually means that another character may be in the race, also means the 6 that the player then rolls again. Otherwise, each decides which character he wants to move forward diced number of fields to. He gets the character of an opponent, then he can toss out the figure, she then, must start all over again its course.
As the inventor of Ludo applies Franz Joseph Smith (founder of the game publisher Schmidt Spiele), who developed the present form of the board game is essentially the beginning of the 20th century. To really great popularity came the game but only years later, in the midst of the turmoil of the disastrous First World War.
Schmidt then supplied soldiers who stood wounded in hospitals, with approximately 3,000 copies of Ludo - and not just for political correctness, but of course as a marketing tool. The plan worked: Within a short time, man does not annoy you established as one of the favorite pastime of soldiers and via word-of-mouth put the board game as a result his triumphal procession. Overall, the classic has now sold over 70 million copies worldwide, and tournaments are now held.
Even the plunge into the virtual world has Ludo managed - like many other card and board game classic, too. Often vary the appearance and rules, with the basic gameplay is always maintained.