Disturbing Origin Stories of Board Games

I recently read an article about the origins of some board games which are quite interesting.


While the version of the “Game of Life”  popular today ends in a country cottage or millionaire’s mansion, the earlier version had squares including “Disgrace,” “Poverty,” “Ruin,”  “Crime,” “Prison,” and even “Suicide”.

Monopoly was derived from a game called “The Landlord’s Game” which included a second round designed to teach how unfair monopolies can be. When they release Monopoly, The Parker Brothers deliberately left out the second round to make the game a darker version of the original.


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