I was sitting on my sofa with legs relaxing on the table lightly, and my hands were behind my head for support while my mind was wondering why my sister’s baby does not get bored of listening to the same poem repeatedly. But the universe is always against people relaxing like that, and to disturb my peace, a call came up of one of my friends asking for a Ludo match. Without giving a single thought about the baby conundrum, my definition of peace changed with happy thoughts of cutting the tokens of my friend’s, funny, right? But reality hit soon enough when I started playing an online match, and it hit hard.
My head exploded, and I realized that I have no feeling of control over the outcome of the number after throwing the dice in an online game. I could not use my hit and trial method like in a standard board game, which provides optimism and belief that throwing the dice by rotating my wrist inwardly will bring a six.
In our standard board games, we have full control of the dice in our hands, and our brain can feel a sense of control while throwing dice, but when it comes to playing the game online, that sense of control goes missing. I started losing my interest in the game, irrespective of whether I was winning or not.
I was able to feel the same in my life, which is all about a girl that I have a crush on. Although we have no certainty whether a girl will accept my admiration or not, we need a sense of conviction that Malai chaap (an Indian dish) may save us from that pain anyway. From that point, my endeavor to get better at Ludo to achieve social status and to connect more with my life initiated.
In our childhood, we used to play Ludo with our friends in the PT period, especially in July, to save our shoes from expansion and our mind from contraction due to solar energy. We all find pleasure in cutting the token of other players and seeing them frustrated and somehow believing that this way is the best way to win the game. But when we apply the winner’s analogy to it, we find that a strategy is more significant irrespective of our goal to win or satisfy our pleasures. Finally, it is the game of probabilities and uncertainty or risk that has been the inherent part of the game, just like our life processes. The strategy of controlling risk is the only way to save our asses from the famous Thanos quote stating, “I am inevitable.”
‘Threat is always more dangerous than the attack,’ the famous rule of chess, which somehow forced us to complete our diary, and summer vacation holiday homework timely and also ruin our parent teachers meeting when the teachers used to give an excellent explanation of our performance in a poor choice of words, is somehow also applicable to the Ludo board as well as on our mind game.
The threat of losing our desire to eat a chocolate bar today always looks more dangerous than consuming more calories and sugars in our bodies. One of the most effective ways to overcome this is by being conscious of it by speaking loudly that “I am going to eat chocolate and allowing my kidney to die slowly, Amen!”.
We all used to keep our token on safe spots, especially on the side of other players, and we also invest our most hard-earned sixes in opening our symbol as a backup plan, which can be used when someone cuts us. You heard It, right? Backup plans are as important as reallocating chairs during exam time in school. Even the founder of LinkedIn focused on building ABZ planning and recommended it to every entrepreneur or employee in these highly unpredictable times. Plan A is what you are doing right now. It is your current implementation of competitive advantages. Plan B is what you implement when you change either your goal or the route for getting there. Plan Z is a lifeboat! Or fallback position. In life, you always have to play a role.
I understand that you might be thinking that I am a lunatic who is converting a national game of India into a lecture of strategy and decision-making. But that, my friend, is what consistency is; we all forget to apply that same ludo principle due to “present bias,” which changes the perception of our time by giving us more critical to our present desires than the delayed one. It’s kind of a situation where we trade staying up late at night for watching movies at the cost of irregular sleep patterns for a whole week. The same thing could be applied in Ludo, especially when we are at the last moment of winning and choose to work against our planned strategy.
The best lesson that Ludo taught me is the practice of playing games by principles and strategy without focusing on winning or losing because once the dice are thrown, we have no control over the outcome no matter what we do or what we wish for. Thus, it shows us that it is a total foolishness to base our success on the basis of results and to bais success on the basis of principles so that we can be the master of our life, not servants.
So, next time, whenever you’re planning to play another thrilled or a suspenseful game of Ludo, I curse you with all of my heart and soul, that this speech will hit your brain, and force you to apply your frontal lobe, which is majorly used to scratch the right position on the skin when you feel itchy.