About Perudo

About Perudo

Perudo is a game which combines a South American handicraft with a compulsive version of Liars Dice. It is a game for 2 or more players, quick to play and the faster the more fun. It is highly addictive and thrives on interaction, distraction and banter. Critically there is no board, so the game can be played anywhere by young and old alike.

Perudo is played by bidding how many dice of a certain number there are between the players involved. It is a game of guile and guesswork, involving a healthy mix of skill and luck. Players are eliminated as and when their bid is successfully challenged until such time that there is only one player left.

History of Perudo

History of Perudo

In 1532, Pizarro and his conquistadors defeated and held captive the Sapa Inca Atahualpa. Peru fell into the hands of the foreign invaders, and the glories of the Inca Empire came to an end. It has been widely rumoured that during his imprisonment, Atahualpa introduced Pizarro to the dudo dice game. The game is played throughout Spain today, as it is in Peru.

350 years later, in 1982, Alfredo Fernandini and Cosmo Fry were invited to join a game of dudo in the Lima Golf Club during a rare rain break. The idea for Perudo was born. Peru was at that time in the grip of the Sendaro Luminoso, an outgrowth of the pre-existing communist party of Peru. Six years later, once peace was restored, Fernandini and Fry returned intent on researching the history of the game and identifying local leather artisans who were skilled in the intricate craftsmanship. Although the game existed in private houses, bars and cafes throughout the country, the components were all hand-me-down from generation to generation and not available in the market place.

Fernandini and Fry tracked down the artisans to downtown Lima and thought up the idea of a travel bag and lid to contain the cups and dice. The woollen drawstring bag is lined and fabricated from cloth sourced from the north of Peru. The adapted rules were a hybrid of various permutations played in Peru plus one or two subtle variations - the result a new and original version of Liar's Dice that Fry and Fernandini chose to call Perudo. The choice of name was a fusion of the name by which the game is commonly known in Peru - dudo and 'Peru' - hence ‘Perudo’.

The classic version of today was first sold in the UK in 1989 at INCA, a South American craft shop in London’s Belgravia for £45. On the first day of trading, 210 sets of Perudo were sold and the die was cast. The following year a deluxe version was introduced.

In 1992, pandering to market demand for a high street version, a standard plastic set of Perudo was introduced and sold through WH Smith, Virgin, Hamleys, John Lewis and Harrods. In 1995, Fernandini and Fry negotiated a license with University Games in the US and Hasbro elsewhere in the world. Perudo was on its way to becoming a global phenomenon. Since 2002, Perudo has been sold under license by Paul Lamond Games in the UK and Asmodee elsewhere.

In 2009, Fernandini and Fry decided to withdraw all Perudo leather versions from the market, and sell the game themselves online, direct to the customer. In 2017, a mini travel version of Perudo was introduced.

All leather versions are still hand crafted by the same artisans in downtown Lima, and Perudo still remains loyal today to its South American origins.