Dial “b” to make board games beat the lockdown blues


Scrabble and Skribbl, Carrom and Ludo: dial “b” to make board games beat lockdown blues


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By Asim Kamal and Manish Sain

New Delhi, April 4 (PTI) Once to keep track of time online, board games are back on the agenda, a journey into nostalgia for some with classics like Ludo and Monopoly released from forgotten corners and discovery time for others to play old and new games on their screens.

As Indians settle into a ‘lockdown routine’ and accept 24/7 downtime at home, families are rediscovering what it’s like to spend time with each other. the others and also what it takes to fill the long hours of the day.

There are movies and TV shows, of course, and books too, but this time also for long, quiet games.

And so, it’s a return to old favorites including Pictionary, Scrabble, Carrom, Chess, Chinese Checkers, puzzles, as well as new online games such as Skribbl and Doom Eternal to keep the competitive spirit and the hours going. passing.

The fights for the “Red Queen” on the Carrom board, the competitions for Mayfair or Park Lane on the Monopoly boards and the arguments over obscure words in Scrabble that once occupied families and friends for hours on end can be heard in the crowd. again, breaking the silence of the three-week lockdown that began on March 24 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Ludo is a favorite, not only in large urban centers, but also in small towns and villages. The online versions of the game had already made it popular among millennials.

The “hard copy” of the board game, usually with snakes and ladders on the reverse, accumulated dust at the bottom of store shelves, including “kirana” stores selling essentials.

No more though.

“I had a number of Ludo boards in the corner of my shop that I had forgotten about. But after the lockdown was announced, people who came to buy essential groceries also asked for Ludo sets and now I am out of stock, ”said Kewal, a trader from Jamia Nagar in New Delhi.

Many use their smartphones, tablets and computers to play the classic game.

While arts student Nikita Biswas from Greater Noida finds it a “way to socialize,” Chhaya Singh, a 52-year-old housewife from Ghaziabad, said she had been playing Ludo online long before the lockdown and that it has now become a way to “avoid thinking about the end of the world”.

“I play it with my sister and sometimes with my daughter in Lucknow. It’s a good way to pass the time. It keeps you from thinking about where the world is going,” Singh told PTI.

“It really got us through these difficult days,” added Siddharth, a student at the University of Delhi.

Carrom is also back with people browsing their stores for coins and Carrom strikers.

“A lot of people have asked for boric powder, Carrom coins and strikers for Carrom. Everything is sold out,” said Vishal Rastogi, owner of a general store in Lucknow.

Muktak Swami took out his Carrom board, which was pushed deep into the storeroom of his home in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

The 31-year-old solar energy consultant remembers spending long summer afternoons playing the game with his family.

“I think the last time I played Carrom was before I went to college about 15 years ago,” Swami said.

Mohit Dhasmana, a 35-year-old software expert in Lucknow, said he has been a gambling addict for several years, but now spends his time bonding with his wife and five-year-old daughter around the world. ‘part of Monopoly.

“I had put Monopoly in my stash. After the lockdown with so much free time, I remembered how in my teenage years all of my cousins ​​played Monopoly. We thought of ourselves as Tatas and Ambanis while playing Monopoly. “, did he declare.

In Uttar Pradesh’s B towns, chess is a favorite with virtually every household having its own unique pieces and chessboards – from those made of wood, brass, to those painted on the tables.

Then there are the card games – remember the court room and rummy anyone – as well as Uno to beat lockdown boredom.

Qazi Zaid, a 26-year-old farmer from Bijnor, said the lockdown gave him plenty of free time to devote to chess and other games. With the luxury of time, people spend hours in one move on the chessboard, sometimes even at night.

Online games are also experiencing a sharp increase.

There’s Skribbl, a version of Pictionary, where friends walk into a “room” through a website, drawings show up in real time, and others guess.

As PUBG continues to be all the rage among young smartphone gamers, the home quarantine situation has also increased the number of takers for “Ludo King,” “Clash Royale” and “Houseparty”.

After trying his hand at several Android games, S Padmanabhan, a technician based in Bangalore, returned to his all-time favorite “Clash Royale” – a game that allows him to play with players around the world.

The Houseparty mobile app has also grown in popularity.

“I can make group video calls from the app and play games like Pictionary, Trivia, and quick draw,” IT professional Shruti Bakshi said.

B Sundaresan, a start-up entrepreneur locked inside Saket’s house with his friends, said he finally had the opportunity to return to his college hobby – PC gaming.

Red Dead Resumption 2, Devil May Cry 5, and the recent Doom Eternal are some of the games he played during the lockdown.

Whether it’s traditional board games or online games, it’s mostly “all games and little to no work” for many people, who enjoy a break from their busy lives. PTI ASK MAH MIN



Disclaimer: – This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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