Target: All in One
Lets play and also build strong relationships in
us! Just inviting the winter holidays by remembering our traditional ancient
games! First comes my favorite Daayam .
Happy writing this post, since I can recall my
evergreen childhood days. Got spirited by lot of my grandma’s traditional
indoor games, I used to play Daayam more frequently. But nowadays, these games
have a very rare picture. The game is also called as “Chathuranga”,which
has a very ancient history as it takes an important picture in the epic“Mahabharatham”. The
eldest of Pandavas, Yudhishthira and the eldest of Gouravas, Duryodhana play
the wicked game - soothu Daayam, in which the Pandavas were cunningly defeated
and were sent to forest. Thus the game scene forms the important turning point
in the epic.
Dayakattai is an Indian dice game played
by two to four people. It is very similar to Parchesi in
terms of gameplay. Typically all players start with six coins/chips at a 'home'
in the center of the board. They each take turns rolling the Dayakattai, a pair
of dice that
are shaped like long cuboids. They are typically made of brass, and have dots
punched onto the long faces (1, 2, 3, 0). When a player rolls a Daayam (0 on
one die, 1 on another), they get to move one of their pieces one space out of
their home, and roll again and they advance their piece by the number inicated
by the dice. For all the pieces to move out of the home, Daayam has to be rolled
out till all pieces are out. Pieces advance along the board by initially moving
down their owner's leg of the board, and then in a clockwise direction.
When a player rolls a one, five, six, or twelve (two 0s), they get to roll
again. The numbers rolled can be distributed among the player's pieces (e.g. A
player rolls 5, 12, 2. They can move one piece by twelve, move another by 5,
and then move one more by 2. Alternately, the player could elect to have the
three numbers shared by only two pieces or even move only one piece by the
total number rolled.). Pieces can 'cut' other pieces by landing on the same
spot that they are in. A 'cut' piece is sent all the way back to the home.
However, while on one of the safe zones on the board (marked by an X), a piece
cannot be cut. After completing one lap, a piece starts to move up the outer
edge of the right side of its owner's leg of the game board. It stays on the
corners instead of the spaces. The piece then needs to move the exact number of
spaces to get to the center of the board. While at the corner of the home, a
piece can be cut by another piece getting to the corner of its home. Players
win by getting all of their pieces to the center of the board. For
clarification as to the shape of the board, see the link below.you can also
take out coin from home when you get five in the dice.
There is yet another format for this, the above
mentioned is like a T20 cricket match. There is also a longer format in this,
like a 50 over match. The rules are a bit different, players start with 8
coins, out of which 4 coins have to move around the board in pairs, i.e. 4
coins form 2 pairs. They can move this paired coins only when an even number is
rolled by the player and the no. of paces moved get halved(e.g. if a player
rolls 2 or 4 or 6 or 12, the paired coins can move only 1 or 2 or 3 or 6
paces).Once the inner lap is continued, there is also an outer lap which has to
be completed before the player can take it to the outer edge and win the game
by bringing it to the center of the board. One reason why this format takes a
long time apart from the fact that it has two laps, is due to the "paired
coins". Since it can move only when even numbers are rolled, if a player
has taken all his single coins to the center of the board, its a daunting task
to take the pairs back to the center. However, an advantage of the paired coins
is that it cannot be cut by a single coin but the vice versa is not true.
Though, this format is longer there is ample excitement in this too, in fact,
maybe a bit more than the shorter one.
The game is usually played with two or four players
sitting around the Daayam design drawn on floor or a wooden board. There are two
types of design – the 7 X 7 squared and the 6 X 3 squared (as seen in
the left and the right side of the image above). Each of the players should
have different types of coins, varying either in color or in shape. They roll
the dice or the thaya kattai and can start playing the game only if they get
“1” in the dice. All the players get consecutive turns and move their coins
according to the numbers that turn up in their dice. A player can roll his/her
die again, if he/she gets 1, 5 or 6 in it. The coins are moved in a defined
path. Coins of two different players cannot be placed in the same square; hence
the previous coin is slashed out from the game and hence moved back to the
initial position. But there are some exceptional cross-checked squares in the design,
where coins of two or more players can stay. A player wins the game only when
all of his/her coins reach the final destination at first.
Using the code
The Daayam Is the windows 8 gaming application. This application which target to developed by lenovo AIO device. The Lenovo AIO which is most amazing device today market and the device which offering the some more component like dice, other gaming console. I am using the dice component to getting the input for the Daayam game. The Daayam is the traditional tamil nadu gaming which is using the Daayakatti(pairs). so i am using the dice from the lenovo AIO Device and getting the points for the dice and the user make the moves to playing the games. In real the using the two thaya kattai but the lenovo AIO could offering only one dice to users so that i am using the dice so that each user wants to throws the dice twice.
Which is multiplayer game playing so that the using the component dice to my game development will ensure the game play has more and more real. I am developing this gaming concept right now the code for the game development will be posted in future.
i am using the XNA with visual studio 2012 ultimate to coding the game application.
Points of Interest
Thus the game converts the leisure time,
happier, interesting and develops mathematical knowledge too. The more special
feature of the game is that, it can be played by enthusiastic minds of all age
groups. Hope the budding new generation learn this game, play these native
Indian games and spread the joy everywhere.
This die also goes by other names such as Daayam and
There is one more traditional Dayakattai which
due to the change that the world went through got erased from our culture. But
this form is still in use in lots of villages, and they call this as theVaaganam or Vimaanam which
translates as a vehicle to GOD,
The Rules are still the same, with the pieces range to
12 nos each, and the cross which comes for every 5 box counts is called safe
place, which one team occupies and can't be occupied by the other team, till it
is cleared, the pieces in this safe place cannot be cut, and only if a team
cuts the other team's at least one piece, it can enter the pazham zone,
which is usually in the shape of M.