Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mensch ärgere Dich nicht aka Ludo

Mensch ärgere Dich nicht is a German board game, developed by Josef Friedrich Schmidt in 1907/1908. The game was released in 1914 and sold about 70 million copies. It is a cross and circle game with the circle collapsed onto the cross, similar to the Indian game Pachisi, the Colombian game Parques, the American games Parcheesi and Trouble, and the English game Ludo. And who hasn’t played Ludo? Not many I am sure!
The name of the game means "Do not get annoyed" (literally "Do not get annoyed, man" or "Do not get annoyed, buddy"). The name derives from the fact that a peg is sent back to the "out" field when another peg lands on it, similar to the game "Sorry!".  
Thank you Marco for this interesting first day cover dated 11.02.2010

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