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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Details on the world's least fun board game

can be found here. The game in question is called “Class Struggle: Game of Life in Capitalist America.” A few examples of "Chance" cards for the "Workers" of the game:

Workers finally understand that with America’s wealth and democratic traditions, socialism here will be different than what exists in Russia and China. A biggie – worth 5 assets.

Together with your fellow workers, you have occupied your factory and locked your boss in the toilet. Capitalists miss 2 turns at the dice.

Read the whole thing, and start placing your bids on E-Bay (Heh).

(Hat tip, David Tufte)


  • I think that game was the subject of a famous contracts case. Something about the game boards not meeting the standards of the game designers. They weren't exactly like the example they were shown and so, realizing that their game sucked, they tried to pass the loss to the board maker. I can't find the case at the moment at the moment. I think it is in my contracts book though. Any other UW Law folks know what I'm talking about?

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 11:46 AM  

  • Yeah,

    It was in our Contracts I casebook, but I don't think it was a case. It was more like an account by one of the game makers of how the negotiations with the manufacturer went after the inventors' biggest buyer backed out on them, and so they had to find a way to not pay for the thousands of extra gameboards they ordered.

    The irony was that the socialist professors became cutthroat capitalists and screwed over the manufacturer. Prof. Whitford brought two copies of the game in; one with the proper gameboard, and one with the 'defective' board. There is very little difference between the two. I think you can find the write up in the "significant breach" chapter.

    By Anonymous Phil, at 12:44 PM  

  • I see that your a lawyer, that explains it all. You don't have a real job. Go George W. Bush.

    By Blogger Eddie, at 12:45 PM  

  • I see that you don't understand how to properly use contractions.

    By Blogger Legally Intoxicated (Retired), at 12:49 PM  

  • Thanks Phil.

    Eddie is quite the prolific comment spammer. For some background, he left some spam over at Moral Turpitude's site:

    "I lived in Madison after graduation for three years and hated it. The place is way too liberal. Go W!"

    Here's the link:

    and I made the following snide remark:

    "Let's see. I'm a republican stock analyst who looks like Bob Saget. I'm leaving my website's address in the hopes that you will give me some business. How to make myself look good...I know, I'll insult their city! And for good measure, I'll declare my support for a president that most readers will not like!

    I'm such a genius."

    Eddie apparently took offense to my comment and tracked me down here. I have only this to say:

    Apparently it takes someone without a real job to diagnose idiotic marketing techniques.

    That is the complete extent to which Eddie deserves a response.

    And for his grammar too. "Your." Heh.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 1:11 PM  

  • Thanks! The link was bad but I did find a copy of the game on eBay. I'm working on creating my own more realistic game, where workers never win and the rich get richer.

    By Anonymous Terry, at 3:47 AM  

  • Who knows where to download XRumer 5.0 Palladium?
    Help, please. All recommend this program to effectively advertise on the Internet, this is the best program!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:35 AM  

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