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PachisiIf you like Sorry, Trouble, or Aggravation (race games with ways to hinder your opponents' progress)...


Designer unknown, and published by dozens of companies over the past 1500 years or so.
For 2 to 4 players ages 8 and up. Plays in 30 to 60 minutes, depending on skill level.

An ancient race game from India, this is the best known of the category, having been published in some form by all the major game makers under various names. The original is still the most challenging, but you'll be playing a longer game than the commercial versions. Very fine sets can be purchased, and sets can be home-made very easily, too, if you're looking for a craft project. If you like backgammon, this is a very similar type of race game with fewer pieces but a longer track. Great fun for four, this game should be in every family's collection.