Ludo is a word derived from Latin "ludo", which means "I play". This is a strategy board game for two to four players, in which the players race their four game pieces from start to finish according to the rolls of a single (or double) die. Like other cross and circle games, Ludo is derived from the Indian game Pachisi, but simpler. The game and its variations are popular in many countries and under various names.
Each player rolls the die; the player that throws a six on any one or more dice, begins the game. Example, if you throw two sixes on the dice, two game pieces begins at the start position, or one game piece can start and move six places. Players alternate turns in a clockwise direction. If the player has no game pieces yet in play and rolls other than a 6, the turn passes to the next player. Once a player has one or more game pieces in play, he selects a game piece and moves it forwards along the track the number of squares indicated by the die. Players must always move a game piece according to the die value rolled. Passes are not allowed; if no move is possible, the turn moves to the next player.
When a 6 is rolled, the player may choose to advance a game piece already in play, or may enter another staged game piece to its starting square. Rolling a 6 earns the player an additional or "bonus" roll in that turn. If the bonus roll results in a 6 again, the player earns an additional bonus roll. If the third roll is also a 6, the player may not move and the turn immediately passes to the next player. Players may not end their move on a square they already occupy (Not a universal rule). If the advance of a game piece ends on a square occupied by an opponent's token, the opponent game piece is returned to its owner's yard (Killed). The returned game piece can be reentered into play only when the owner rolls a 6. Unlike Pachisi, there are no "safe" squares on the game track which protect a player's game pieces from being returned. A player's home column squares are always safe, however, since no opponent may enter them.
Jamaican Ludo is very similar to it's original ancestor, pachisi. However, many things separate the Jamaican Ludo Board from the original Pachisi.