This was the favourite board game of my childhood and the only one that I have ever mastered (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, please).
Unlike chess – both ‘international’ and Chinese types – very little (almost zero) cerebral prowess was needed to play this game. Just rolled a dice or two, and let nature take its course, as whether to climb up a ladder or be swallowed by a snake.
Maybe this game is too old-school and a no-brainer for the young folks of today.
In a way, it represented my working life. As I toiled to climb the corporate ladders, plenty of snakes – anacondas, pythons, etc – laid in wait to ensnare and pull me down, and tried to swallow me. Therefore I always had to watch out in all directions, at all times. Still, occasionally, the dice rolled unfavourably.