Chutes and Ladders (‘Snakes and Ladders’ in England, and ‘Hoses and Pickets’ in Canada) is fun to play for 5-year-olds, but it quickly loses its value once the players realize that the game is entirely deterministic.
Perhaps it is because we enjoy the illusion of choice and freedom of will that we prefer games that allow us to make mistakes in judgement, rather than simply following the directions from the omnipotent, yet random force of a die or spinning wheel.
So, to make the game more enjoyable, here are some variation that older players might enjoy.
This is the most crucial variation in that it adds the possibility of choice to each turn.
As in parcheesi (or Sorry!), on each turn, a player may … Read the rest