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Mensch ärgere dich nicht (german), Mens Erger je niet (Dutch), and T'en fais pas (french) are translations of the same game. This should possibly be in its own section, with links to variations?

User:Jasper Janssen 22:11, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Drinking gameEdit

"Mensch, ärgere Dich nicht!" is often used as a Drinking game ("Mensch, ärgere Dich nicht!-Saufen" = Mensch, ärgere Dich nicht! binge drinking). Every time, your piece has to go back or you miss to kick a peg out, then you have to drink a short. :) -- (talk) 12:21, 29 March 2009 (UTC))

"that a peg is sent back to the B field"Edit

What is a B field? Hedgehog83 (talk) 08:53, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

I don't know where the author got the name "B field" - but he means the outer area (which is called "out"). In Germany we often call this "Häuschen" which means "little house". But another thing - there are many variants of this game. The variation "A player who has no pieces in the game has 3 tries to throw a six." is mentioned as a normal rule in the german article. But there are many other variants which aren't refered to in this article. For example in some variants your pegs are save of being thrown out on some special fields. Or you play the game with six players ([1]). However. As far as I know it's also possible to throw pegs out from their start fields. Hopefully my thoughts are expressed precise enough to understand them. And I hope I answered you simple question with the first simple sentence. Faedrivin (talk) 11:03, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
I think the name ”B field” comes from this image of the board for 6 players: Marrin (talk) 06:53, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Merge into Ludo?Edit

Shouldnt this article be merged into Ludo? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:36, 12 September 2010 (UTC)

I second this question and I want to add that it is written in the article on Ludo that this game is equivalent. But the facts in the infoboxes slightly different. Are these the same game, variants or completely different games? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:47, 16 December 2011 (UTC)
Looking at the article about Ludo, it seems the games are slightly different: the Ludo board is larger. In Mensch ärgere dich nicht, the safe zone is 4 squares -- in Ludo, it's 5. In Mensch ärgere dich nicht, it takes 40 steps to go around the board, in the boards shows in the Ludo article, it takes 48 steps. The starting square is also in a different spot. 2001:981:4B0C:1:DAA2:5EFF:FE8E:C8D8 (talk) 21:51, 30 January 2017 (UTC)

Mensch as abbreviation / translationEdit

On 16 January 2011, Editor Cssiitcic (talk · contribs) introduced the unsourced assertion that this game is commonly known as "Mensch" and extended the hatnote for that article accordingly. The German article makes no such claim, so I reverted that edit and made a number of other improvements which I explained in my edit summary. Cssiitcic's edit also provided an unsourced translation ("Humans do not Annoy You"), which is misspelled and completely wrong; correct translations were alredy provided in the article.

Today, Cssiitcic and her/his alias have now reverted my edits at Mensch and here, including what I consider a number of important improvements, e.g. the spelling of the game's inventor, Josef Friedrich Schmidt, which Cssiitcic changed back to the red link Joseph Friedrich Schmidt. I consider such undifferenciated wholesale reversal as rude and disruptive.

Unless a source can be provided for both of Cssiitcic's claims, the article should be restored to this version. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 07:00, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

Variations (Don't Get Mad)Edit

I used to play this game as a kid with my grandmother on an old handmade wooden board- I knew it only as "Don't Get Mad", which I like better as a translation, but probably only works for Americans.

I think the number of variations and alternate rules are worth noting- we played counter-clockwise, with a different starting space, and it was 1s rather than 6s that started pieces and granted an extra turn (at the time, of course, I had no idea it was a game known outside that small town, or that these rules were nonstandard). I heard of a few other variants from family members, but don't recall what they were.

-- Jake (talk) 16:25, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Dich --> dichEdit

I changed all the 'Mensch ärgere Dich nicht" to "Mensch ärgere dich nicht", as that's the original name; and in German, only the nouns have captial letters, and not the pronouns. "Dich" is a pronoun. (talk) 07:10, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

So why then is the German Wikipedia article called de:Mensch ärgere Dich nicht, and the Commons category c:Category:Mensch ärgere Dich nicht? – your edit broke the link to that category. Why does this German stamp use the uppercase "Dich"? Why do a large number of German-language sources use that, too? -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 10:44, 16 July 2015 (UTC)
It's capitalised as it's "Dich" on the package and sometimes on the board. Also, in German some pronouns are capitalised, e.g. "Sie" (formal polite address), "Wir" (royal plural), "Du" and "Dich" (especially in a direct address, but not always as in case of this title). - (talk) 03:56, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

Similarities to Eile mit WeileEdit

In Switzerland a similar game is known as Eile mit Weile. According to the german wikipedia article about Eile mit Weile, Mensch ärgere dich nicht was originally introduced as a copy of Eile mit Weile. However since the latter was patented in germany and switzerland the rules and the name had to be changed a bit. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Valmendil (talkcontribs) 20:40, 21 April 2020 (UTC)

This one, the one you mention and Ludo seem to be variations of a largely the same game, which I assume had been imported from India if that "Ludo" one was invented first? Throughout southern Europe it is known under translations of the Mensch name, just like Draughts' kings are more known as dames ("ladies"). Given other variants have their own articles, I think this one warrants too and should not be merged into Ludo. --Vipzerix (talk) 05:11, 1 June 2021 (UTC)