The 30th Perudo World Championships, hosted once again by Paul Lamond and University Games, proved to be a star-studded affair this year with the fashion designer and TV presenter Alexa Chung on hand to present the winner’s trophy to none other than her boyfriend, Orson Fry.
The world’s finest Perudo players gathered in London on Tuesday, October 22 to battle it out to be crowned Champion of the Dice, and claim the coveted 2019 title.
Marking its 30th year running, the hight profile Perudo World Championships event – organised by University Games and Paul Lamond – took place at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in central London.
The event saw all the players compete across three rounds with, this year because of tying scores, the 44 highest ranked players progressing to the semi-final stage and the winner of each of the seven semi final tables progressing to the Final Table.
After hours of fighting off tough competition from over 155 Perudo players, the evening’s prestigious accolade went to Orson Fry, who was presented with the winner’s traditional ‘Silver Perudo Cup and Dice’ trophy by his girlfriend, fashion designer and TV presenter, Alexa Chung.
Fry emerged victorious in a tense final, watched over by a full crowd, including his father Cosmo Fry, friends and family. Throughout the finale, the crowds were gripped by what was described by one player as the ‘best game of Perudo they have ever seen’.
The 30th playing of the Perudo World Championship really was the biggest and best Championship yet according to Mark Jones, head of sales for the hosts companies.
“The Perudo World Championships has become the event in the board games calendar. It was yet another outstanding evening packed with fun, tension, excitement and highly-skilled Perudo players.
“The atmosphere was fantastic and passion for this game was palpable. We were delighted that 2019’s event saw a greater than ever demand with younger generations flocking to play and over 250 people trying to secure a place.”
The liar dice game is popular with celebrities across the globe. Stars of stage and screen to sporting legends and world-renowned entrepreneurs including Stephen Fry, Siena Millar and Sir Richard Branson that all have a passion for the game. Pixie Barnett, Sir Bob Geldof’s daughter also played in this year’s event.
Perudo is a version of liar dice which is part-luck and part-skill. Playing well requires an ability to deceive and also to detect your opponent’s deception. There is no board, no setting-up, and no complicated rules… just a game of guesswork, bluff and luck.