“Kolejka” a new Communist Monopoly style board game for children may end up a “game-changer” for capital vs communist idealogy. SPIEGEL ONLINE reports that the Polish game “highlights the tough realities of life under Communism,” and will be available for purchase February 5th. The main goal is to acquire food to eat, clothing to wear and furniture – no capitalistic perks, just the hard to get communist basics.
There are similarities to Monopoly but differences as well, including a total lack of capitalist opportunities to
- sell avenues
- erect hotels
- charge rent
- make pots of money
Again, this new Polish board game all about communism – not capitalism. Goals are transcribed below:
The goal of the game, which will officially be launched on Feb. 5, is to show how hard and frustrating it was for an average person to simply do their shopping under the Communist regime in Poland. The game has been developed by the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), a Warsaw-based research institute that commemorates the suffering of the Polish people during the Nazi and Communist eras.
Just like in the original Monopoly, acquisition is the name of the game. In this case, however, that means struggling to get basic necessities such as food, clothing and furniture. “In the game, you send your family out to get items on a shopping list and they find that the five shops are sold out or that there hasn’t been a delivery that day,” the IPN’s Karol Madaj told SPIEGEL ONLINE Thursday, explaining that the game “highlights the tough realities of life under Communism.”
Indeed, there are many ways in which the game, which is called “Kolejka” after the Polish word for queue or line, builds frustration. Some rules allow other players to jump the line and get the last of a certain product, while others force players to give up their place in the queue.
For touches of painful realism, “players must wait in endless lines at stores for scarce goods. For added realism, they have to put up with people cutting in line and products running out — unless they have a “colleague in the government” card.”
Since the game is set to be launched and available February 5th, perhaps orders might be taken to send to our leaders in Washington for Valentine’s Day, a sweetheart of a reminder that American goals don’t include “Kolejka”.
A similar American model might be inspired by Government Health Care – a board game in which the goal is something equally basic and simple, like getting to the front of the line to see a doctor.