Sunday, June 22, 2008

Uckers!

It's sometimes said that service life, particularly active service can be 'long periods of boredom interspersed with moments of terror' (or intense activity). Servicemen always seem to find a way to fill in the boring times, often quite creatively.

Uckers is a game similar to Ludo, apparently based on the old Indian game of parchesi.
The intranet that my work plugs into was scene for an exchange on 'Uckers' recently.

Uckers is a game I've never played. P3s were usually busy (as are airlift squadrons). Fighter and bomber squadrons can be a different matter. But that is not where the game originated. It came to the RAAF via the RAN, and they inherited it from the Royal Navy (UK), where it has been played for a hundred years or more.

[Uckers board image is from http://cas.awm.gov.au/heraldry/REL31420 and is used pursuant to section 40 of the Copyright Act 1968].

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