Posted by Captain Everett on August 17, 1998 at 19:24:33:
In response to jigsaw puzzles & board games, written by Bob Whitworth on August 17, 1998 at 11:55:32
There were plenty of board games during the Regency period. [snip]
My brother has one of these board games framed and hanging in the living room. It originally belonged, I believe, to his father-in-law. It may have been the abovementioned "Game of Human Life" or something of a like title. It was aimed at demonstrating the different paths one could take in life. Each square was marked by such descriptions as, "The Idle Boy", the "Virtuous Boy", "the Scholar", and so on. It was not so much a matter of choice, but was determined by the number which came up for the player. It was interesting to note that the instructions gave a couple of ways of determining random numbers, making a spinner, etc. Obviously avoiding any use of dice. It put me somewhat in mind of the Rakes Progress series of prints, and its "proper life" counterpart.
I remain, etc.
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