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yegods
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a friend has found this game -- looks homemade to me -- and wonders what it is, and what the rules are. Thanks for your help.

 
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Pete Belli
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Aggravation ??? Perhaps hand-crafted???
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Aggravation for sure. Somewhat like Sorry. My dad was a firefighter in the 50's-70's. Before today's fitness activities, they would spend their time on various projects. I remember bamboo fishing poles and this game, Aggravation. My sister still has one of the boards.

We played with the "backwards 4" rule: if you rolled a 4, you moved a marble backwards instead of forwards. With great luck, it happened when you could skip going around the board and be ready to enter the end spaces, i.e. "safe at home."

I can remember the rules if anyone wants them. Pretty simple.
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Dave VanderArk
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It's a game called Wahoo. Here's another picture of one:


Aggravation is a simplified version.
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thanks for the quick replies! My friend will be happy to know.
 
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Jacob Heinikel
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I downloaded an iPad game called Ludo. It looks identical to that. Not sure of the origins, though.
 
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Ludo and related games (e.g. Parcheesi, Sorry!, Frustration etc) are all descended from an ancient Indian game called 'Chaupar', which probably originates BC. In the 16th century, Emperor Akbar 1 of India played this game in courtyards specially laid with marble squares, using slave girls dressed in appropriate colours as pieces! 'Pachisi' is an early Indian, slightly simplified, derivative of this game, and almost certainly the direct ancestor in turn of the Western derivatives. This board is certainly a member of that family - though from the six-sided die I'd guess one of the Western variations, as the original 'Chaupar' was played with long wooden dice, and Pachisi with six cowrie shells. (Also modern Indian Pachisi boards tend to be made of cloth!) If it is homemade, have a look for some kind of loop or similar, which could be used to hang it on a wall, which might suggest a naval origin - apparently this family of games has (or had) some following in the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy, in which it is known as Ucca. Sorry, that was quite long, and for many people probably quite boring!
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