Cha’nga

Chaturanga
Chaturanga is the sacred origin of a pastime
Rekindling an ancient pastime, by Simon Jepps.

Cha’nga, pronounced “shangaah”, is a version of Chaturanga, which allows just two players to employ the classic four armies.

I invented this game because I know as much as people love Chaturanga, its inconvenience is the requirement of four players.

Creating an understanding as to how only two people can play, in turn sanctifies its misunderstood silence, revealing instead its diversity and adaptability to all walks of life.

But first a truth.

However you interpret history, there is no avoiding the fact that “Chaturanga” literally translates as “the four arms.” It comes from “chatur”, meaning four, and from “anga”, meaning arms.

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Cobra Paw Dragon

cobra paw dragon by simon jeppsA variation of Cobra Paw by Simon Jepps.

The game of Cobra Paw Dragon is played in very much the same way as classic Cobra Paw, except the following.

  • A maximum of two players assume their places about the arena.
  • Each player chooses one of two symbols as his own, suggested by the roll of both dice.
  • All tiles are snatched and scored as per usual except whence you snatch your opponent’s symbol by mistake.
  • For any tile snatched carrying your opponent’s symbol is surrendered to the opponent and thence… turned upside down.
  • The upside down tile scores double, or 2 points and may not be snatched again ~ so look out!
  • The tile carrying the symbol of both opponents scores thrice, or 3 points and can be claimed by either player.
  • BEWARE, if a player rolls a double of his own symbol, that tile also scores double, or 2 points AND if snatched by mistake, is turned upside down scoring quadruple, or 4 points.
  • “No touchy” law applies throughout.

NB:~ There are two styles of Dragon…

  • Dynamic: The player chooses a different symbol each round, from the two suggested by the dice, in order to increase confusion.
  • Straight: The player keeps the same symbol every round, but only if the dice permit, reducing confusion but receiving an extra 5 points at the end of the game.

The dice must suggest a symbol to choose or keep. If the dice do not suggest the same symbol thrice, the player cannot thrice keep it.

A pen and paper is required to keep score and to mark down each player’s symbol for each round.

Kudos to Karen Arnold for the Dragon.

Banangerang

banangerangThis is a recipe of mine. I make 4 litre kegs of this stuff and drink it all the time. It’s a staple and goes down well with a slice of something you like.

  • 1.5 litres of Old Jamaican Ginger Beer
  • 500 ml of Banana Beer
  • 1 capful max of Cpt. Morgan’s Rum

So basically 75% of one and 25% of the other. One capful max of Rum doesn’t sound like much, but its presence in the mixture significantly influences the taste. In fact I usually prefer to use half a capful, thus one cap into 4 litres. Adjust this to your taste.

Banana Beer is made in Wells, England.

Stir them up and chill it well.