Mens erger je niet.


Mens erger je niet.


Semi frustrating board game, where the goal is to move your four paws around the board and bring them back to safety.


The game is for 2 or 4 players. If you play the backside of the board you can play with 2, 3, or 6 players, so that the colors are divided equally.

Each player has 4 game pieces, which are in the "out" area when the game starts, and which must be brought into the player's "home" row. Early games had painted wooden pieces.

The rows are arranged in a cross position. They are surrounded and connected with a circle of fields, over which the game pieces move in clockwise direction. There are 3 fields nearest to each side of the board; the left one is the player's "start" field (marked "S") and the middle one leads to the "home" row.

This means that each game piece enters the circle at the "start" field, moves (clockwise) over the board and finally enters the "home" row. The first player with all of their pieces in their "home" row wins the game.

The players throw a die in turn and can advance any of their pieces in the game by the thrown number of dots on the dice.

Throwing a six means bringing a piece into the game (by placing one from the "out" area onto the "start" field) and throwing the dice again. If a piece is on the "start" field and there are still pieces in the "out" area, it must be moved as soon as possible. If a piece cannot be brought into the game then any other piece in the game must be moved by the thrown number, if that is possible. Pay attention that throwing dice continuously without moving is forbidden and by each dice throw you have to make a move.

Pieces can jump over other pieces, and throw out pieces from other players (into that player's "out" area) if they land on them. A player cannot throw out his own pieces though, he can advance further than the last field in the "home" row. A player can be thrown out if he is on his "start" field.
The origin of the game lies in India. It is a simplified version of the game 'Pachisi'. In 1896 it was brought to the United Kingdom under the name 'Ludo'. The rules of 'Mens erger je niet' differ slightly of 'Ludo'.


Jumbo International


Developed by Josef Friedrich Schmidt in 1907/1908


Jumbo International




Jumbo International



Board game


Dutch, French


Cross and circle board game


WCBG 0001


Amsterdam, the Netherlands



Jumbo International, “Mens erger je niet.,” WPB, accessed September 19, 2019,

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