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 March 21st, 2016, 07:30 PM #1 Senior Member     Joined: Nov 2010 From: Indonesia Posts: 2,001 Thanks: 132 Math Focus: Trigonometry Snakes and Ladders with Strategies to Help Learning Mathematics I am making some modifications of snake and ladders so that this purely luck-based game can have a strategy and used to learn mathematics as well. So far I only have this idea: Once a player roll the die he can choose to move his own piece forward equals the number shown on the die or move an opponent's piece backward also equals the number shown on the die. This way we at least have a choice aspect whether we want to move forward as fast as possible, avoids snakes ahead, or even drag your opponent to snakes. Can any of you suggest other ideas so that we can have various snakes and ladders game which is not pure luck-based?
 March 21st, 2016, 07:50 PM #2 Math Team   Joined: Nov 2014 From: Australia Posts: 689 Thanks: 244 Start with a blank board and have the players take turns putting either a snake or a ladder on the board. Then play the normal game.
 March 21st, 2016, 08:01 PM #3 Senior Member     Joined: Nov 2010 From: Indonesia Posts: 2,001 Thanks: 132 Math Focus: Trigonometry Ummm, I'm sorry but where's the strategy in that?
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 Originally Posted by Monox D. I-Fly Ummm, I'm sorry but where's the strategy in that?
I read it as: Players will have to plan their moves ahead of time, thus having to make strategic snake/ladder placements.

 March 21st, 2016, 08:13 PM #5 Senior Member     Joined: Nov 2010 From: Indonesia Posts: 2,001 Thanks: 132 Math Focus: Trigonometry Then they can just choose to not placing snakes at all.
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 Originally Posted by Monox D. I-Fly Then they can just choose to not placing snakes at all.

Well if you're modifying the game, then you can modify the rules?

Rule #1:

Players must place an equal amount of snakes and ladders, adding up to a total of n.

 March 21st, 2016, 09:32 PM #7 Math Team   Joined: Nov 2014 From: Australia Posts: 689 Thanks: 244 Sorry, it wasn't really very clear, was it? Have a set number of snakes and ladders and have the condition that all of them need to be placed before the game begins. The players take turns placing one snake or ladder until all of them are used. Combining that with your idea of being able to move your opponent back makes placing snakes an important decision. Maybe also if anyone rolls a six, they get the opportunity to move a snake or a ladder to a different position, but not on a square with a player on it.
 March 22nd, 2016, 12:31 AM #8 Senior Member   Joined: Apr 2014 From: UK Posts: 936 Thanks: 335 Any strategy employed in placing the snakes and ladders can easily backfire since the dice rolls are random.
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 Originally Posted by weirddave Any strategy employed in placing the snakes and ladders can easily backfire since the dice rolls are random.
Agreed.

I'm guessing you're pitching this at students? Is it possible to just teach them chess

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 Originally Posted by weirddave Any strategy employed in placing the snakes and ladders can easily backfire since the dice rolls are random.
Not if players decide the choice factor after they roll the die.

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 Originally Posted by Joppy Agreed. I'm guessing you're pitching this at students? Is it possible to just teach them chess
Nah, I was asked in my workplace to make a book about snakes and ladders modification to learn mathematic. So far in my mind I only have that which I wrote in my first post and a Trading Card Game involving snakes and ladders.

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