Cliff Gardner

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Board Game Flaws: Volume One

I found a critical flaw with the classic Milton-Bradley board game LIFE. Right at the beginning, you are assigned a job based on where the little spinner-thing lands. If you’re a lawyer, you’re at a huge financial advantage over most other careers and players for the rest of the game because every time you pass a “payday” spot on the board, you get a lot of money. There are several problems with this.

First, most lawyers at most law schools end up not making all that much more than a good public school teacher or construction worker so this financial advantage is highly inflated. Second, if you were to be one of the corporate lawyers making a lot of money, then the game should also take into account what the trade-offs would be. For example, around the 3rd or 4th payday spot, the box should also read “your spouse divorces you…you find out 6 weeks later because given your 85 hour/week schedule, you never see him/her. Give half your money to the banker and collect a new spouse.”

The game of life? Pfff...hardly.


  • Though I HATE the game of Life, I do occasionally play the Sponge Bob version with the kids. The jobs are much more interesting - such as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab. Instead of being forced into marriage and kids, you get a pet - such as a squid. And your home is a fabulous dwelling like a pineapple or a ship.

    The Sponge Bob version avoids your non-unique DAs, so let's go with the SB counterplan, which you can't perm, cuz you can't play both games at once.

    By Blogger magic, and with love from Sam,, at 11:21 AM  

  • What a great reason to go into the Peace Corps rather than becoming a lawyer. A much more rewarding way to spend your LIFE!

    By Blogger truax, at 11:53 AM  

  • You'd also need a "your kids hate you, pay X amount for therapy (theirs and your own)", and "strees heart attack, you are no longer a lawyer -- now you grow orchids for 1/8th the salary."


    By Blogger Inside the Philosophy Factory, at 2:12 PM  

  • ah ha ha ha ha

    By Anonymous Lucy, at 7:54 PM  

  • I hate that game. And I own the Simpsons version.

    By Anonymous zayne, at 11:24 PM  

  • I always found the forced marriage offensive. It's a choice, just like making babies. LIFE was made by Mormons.

    By Anonymous Tiff, at 12:08 AM  

  • Unless of course you are a free lance consultant.. Or a Banking Lawyer... I want to be a banking lawyer... But mostly I just want to pretend to play tennis on nice days.

    By Blogger The Assassin (burrr), at 5:55 PM  

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