leadership through moves on the board
The dice fell once. The button moved forward accordingly.
The game starts on the blue lane and goes on to the pink, green
and white lanes, ending with ‘Ditte’ coronation. But
for the coronation, the player has to collect ten royal qualities
(Dasa Raja Dharma) that are mentioned on the way to the crown. This
is the theory, the ‘Ditte, Folks’ Reality Board Game
is based on.
“Most of the TV channels sell religion these
days. But people find it difficult to practise it. So, I have put
the knowledge into a context, and my context is a game. Thus, I
have converted knowledge into applied knowledge,” said Dimuthu
Calyaneratne, the creator of the game.
first quality that has to be collected in the game is ‘Aviroditha’,
which means non-conflict. But in the Buddhist theory of Dasa Raja
Dharma, Aviroditha is the quality mentioned last. The other qualities
are mentioned before it. “True,” Mr. Calyaneratne added,
“the first quality is Dana (gifting). But in this context,
it didn’t fit as the first quality. I had to maintain the
game environmentally parallel with the qualities. So I made the
The theory of Dasa Raja Dharma is used in the game in a practical
way that allows children of all religions to play it. “I put
the national flag on the front of the board, not the Buddhist flag,
so that everyone can take it home without any hesitation,”
Mr. Calyaneratne said.
The game is presented as an activity pack. The
board has to be opened on three sides and the dice and the buttons
have to be made and coloured by the player. “When children
find it difficult, parents can get involved. That’s why I
put the age limit from 8-108,” Mr. Calyaneratne said. “This
game will have different meanings to different people. For some,
this may simply be a game, and some others may feel that there is
something more, whereas people like teachers may find it an educational
Mr. Calyaneratne has used his experience as a
member of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).
He is the only Sri Lankan member. He said that though people talk
about video games and computer games, no one pays attention to board
games, which can easily address the domestic environment. “I
want to start a Sri Lankan chapter for IGDA,” he added.
Rev. Kirama Wimalajothi Thera, Director of the
Buddhist Cultural Centre at Dehiwala, in his endorsement of the
game, writes, “This game is a good strategy in cultivating
good leadership attitudes that go parallel with religions.”
“This game is like the triple injection to develop antibodies
in attitudes. I have received calls and mail. It proves that it
has a demand. I want to make it a national game,” Mr. Calyaneratne
This game is available at Sarasavi, Vijitha Yapa
and Gunasena bookshops as an introductory product. You could also
get it to your doorstep by sending a Rs. 100 money order to Dimuthu
Calyaneratne, No. 36/4, Sujatha Avenue, Kalubowila, Dehiwala.