Monday, July 31, 2017


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6.5 out of 10 with 1 ratings
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Saturankam is an ancient game from India that is similar to Sadurangam and Ashtapada. It is played on a 9x9 board of cells with a winding path that spirals to the center. The middle squares along each edge and the square in the center of the board are safe places where pieces cannot be attacked. Movement is determined by two four-sided dice. The object is to enter pieces on the middle square on one's own side of the board and race them to the center. Each player has two pieces. Pieces that are not on safe squares can be hit and must be reentered, as in Pachisi.

  • Designer: (Uncredited)
  • Publisher: (Public Domain)
  • Year Published: 0
  • Number of Players: 2 - 4
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 0
  • Playing Time: 0
  • Subdomain: Abstract Games
  • Category: Abstract Strategy, Ancient
  • Mechanic: Roll / Spin and Move
  • Alternate Names: Saturankam


6.5 out of 10
In the mid 80's I attended U of H and worked at Memorial City Mall, which had a lot of Asians in the area at the time. The economy stunk about as bad as it does now, so there weren't any good PT jobs for students. I managed to get in on a grant program tutoring foreign students in English. If you knew me, you'd find that funny because I have an "East Texas Hillbilly" drawl. These students were very poor and could barely afford shoes and food, much less entertainment. They would be in the US for months or sometimes years at a time with only the occasional phone call or letter as contact from home. Most of them stuck together in little cliques based on where they were from. They played games from home or read books for class and had deep discussions trying to translate and understand. I was exposed to a lot of gaming from Asia and Eastern Europe. Usually one guy had a wooden board he made himself and another had some game pieces that he'd had since he was a child that his Uncle carved for him and someone else had dice or whatnot. (The Indian dice were something it took me a while to get used to, I could deal with the figurines and stones but those crazy dice.......) They didn't warm up to me at first because I was a female but the University said they had to participate because their grades stank since they didn't understand the instruction well enough. I played games with them to blend in. Most were abstract type games but a few played chess. I had to throw a few games (many were from some very male-egocentric countries and they didn't believe women were smart enough to beat a man at games). It was quite an experience for all of us for the two years I did the program, but hey I had a lot of fun and learned a lot of new games most Americans have never even heard of!
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