Having a fun time with board games among family and friends is one of the favourite childhood memories of many. During the 70s and 80s, board games such as snakes and ladders, aeroplane chess and checkers were a few of the most popular games that both young and old enjoyed playing.
StampNews.com is glad to introduce to our readers' attention a special stamp issue by Singapore Post that features a few common traditional board games that are well-liked and played by many Singaporeans.
Chinese Chess (1st Local) is a strategy board game for two players. The game represents a battle between two armies, with the objective of capturing the enemy's emperor.
Diamond Game (2nd Local) is a simple yet challenging game for two to six players. The objective is to be the first to move all of one's game pieces into the opposite corner of a hexagram-shaped board. Though strategy is involved, the rules are simple enough for young children to enjoy the game.
Aeroplane Chess (with 50¢ stamp denomination) is a fun, fast paced and easy-to-learn classic Chinese board game. Played by between two and four players, the game begins with each player placing his respective game pieces in "hangers" located at the four corners of the board. The objective is to be the first to reach the base of one's respective colour at the centre of the board.
Snakes and Ladders (with 70¢ stamp denomination) is a popular board game with young children. The objective of the game is to move one's token, according to dice rolls, from "Start" to "Finish", either helped by "ladders" or hindered by "snakes" along the way. The game is a simple race based on sheer luck.
Checkers (with S$1.30 stamp denomination) is a strategy board game for two players involving diagonal moves of game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces. The objective of the game is to take all of the opponent's pieces or to produce a position such that the opponent is unable to move. A player wins the game when the opponent cannot make a move.
SingPost's last Traditional Games stamp issue was in 1997. That stamp set featured popular games such as shuttlecock, marbles, spinning top and five stones.