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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 luckbased 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 luckbased? 
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?

March 21st, 2016, 08:11 PM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 1,830 Thanks: 648 Math Focus: Yet to find out.  
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.

March 21st, 2016, 08:20 PM  #6 
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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.

March 22nd, 2016, 01:14 AM  #9 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 1,830 Thanks: 648 Math Focus: Yet to find out.  
March 22nd, 2016, 03:48 AM  #10  
Senior Member Joined: Nov 2010 From: Indonesia Posts: 2,001 Thanks: 132 Math Focus: Trigonometry  Quote:
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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