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Radical History Board Game

SOLIDARITY AND HISTORY BOARD GAME




Rules

1. Make your own board in a Monopoly style, numbering the squares thus: 1-10 on the first side of squares; 11-19 on the second; 20-28 on the third, and 29-36 on the fourth side. Also take a die or dice from another game you might have or make your own spinner with numbers 1-6. Use tokens from another game or coins, pebbles, nuts etc.


2. I made a collage for the large rectangular area within the outside circuit of 36 squares. You might wish to leave yours blank to save time. Or write SOLIDARITY AND HISTORY BOARD GAME. Or whatever.


3. Then add titles to each square. Each title will have an explanation and a score revealed by the judge (See SOLIDARITY AND HISTORY THE CLASS CONFLICT BOARD GAME CLASS CONFLICT SCORES: COMRADE OR OPPRESSOR? This follows this list of rules. It’s right at the end.)


4. Here follows the titles and numbers BUT YOU ARE AT LIBERTY TO CHANGE THESE (and, of course, the linking information at SOLIDARITY AND HISTORY THE CLASS CONFLICT BOARD GAME CLASS CONFLICT SCORES: COMRADE OR OPPRESSOR):


1. Alpha and Omega 2 Fire 3 Stonehenge 4 Romans 5 Vikings 6 Normans 7 Peasants’ Revolt 8 Witches 9 The Reformation 10 The Civil War 11 Enclosure 12 War, Empire and Enslavement 13 Tom Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft and Edmund Burke 14 Turnpikes and bread prices 15 Water power and steam power 16 General Ludd 17 Peterloo 18 Tolpuddle Martys 19 Captain Swing 20 Workhouses 21 Enslavement 22 Chartism 23 Wages and Profits 24 The Age of Empire 25 Votes for Women 26 The Great War 27 Revolution and the end of the War 28 The General Strike 29 Spain 30 The Great Depression 31 Churchill and the Second World War 32 The Cold War 33 Decolonisation and the end of Empire 34 Thatcher 35 Contested culture wars 36 The Anthropocene and the Capitalocene


5. The game can be for 1-4 players or it could be played in paired teams (therefore up to 8 participants. But, again, you can alter the rules to suit the occasion). The judge is elected by the players.


6. Players throw dice. The person with the lowest score goes first. If a tie, obvs have another throw until a lowest score is achieved.


7. Players throw dice in turn. If your score is an even number then the judge will read your class-position and your score for this place in time and space. Ditto, if an odd number. Players keep a record of their class-position scores. (This outlook about odd and even is derived from the proverbial wisdom of an association of even-handedness with fair dealing. Players can change this rule of course.)


8. If you throw a 4, then you gain an additional 10 bonus points for joining a trade union. If you throw a 6, you gain an additional 20 bonus points for persuading someone to join a trade union.


9. Players go around the board three times. Or whatever. If a player lands upon a square that they have already visited then they move to the next one, btw.


10.At the end of three circuits, or ‘whatever’ (for example, a time limit), the player with the highest class-comrade points is the winner and, in celebration, the judge makes everyone a cup of tea.


SOLIDARITY AND HISTORY THE CLASS CONFLICT BOARD GAME CLASS CONFLICT SCORES: COMRADE OR OPPRESSOR?


1. ALPHA and OMEGA



2 FIRE

Even: You say fire will destroy life both animal and floral.

+ 3

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0dd: You help keep a fire going to clear the landscape.

Minus 2



3 STONEHENGE

Even: You are ordered to help in the construction of ‘Stonehenge’.

You object to forced labour

and are banished. + 2

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Odd: You order the construction of a massive stone monument

And consequent forced labour.

It takes an age.

Miss a go and minus 5


4 ROMANS

Even: You revolt against Roman control + 5

Unfortunately, you are enslaved after the revolt.

Miss a go.

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Even: You welcome Roman civilisation: mosaics and hypocausts!

Minus 5



5 VIKINGS

Even: You adulterate Viking strong drink

with magic mushrooms and incapacitate them.

+ 10

But you also incapacitate yourself.

Miss a go.

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Odd: You tell the Vikings where to ford the Thames.

You are deemed a traitor by Wessex.

You are abandoned by the Vikings once across the river.

Minus 10 and remorse: miss a go.


6 NORMANS

Even: You tell the Norman Domesday Book commissioner

lies and share hidden crops. +8

And jump two squares

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Odd: You are a Domesday Book commissioner

and tour the shires. Minus 10

And it takes up so much time so you miss a go


7 PEASANTS’ REVOLT

Even: You join the Peasants’ Revolt

and march on London. + 1O

And jump three squares.

_____________________

Odd: You stay loyal to Lord and King

in the Peasants’ Revolt.

In consequence, no one in the village will speak to you.

Minus 10

And you will be ignored by everyone in the room

for the next 5 minutes.



8 WITCHES

Odd: You demand the burning of women as witches

when the crops fail. Minus 10

And you are not allowed a drink in real time

for the next 10 minutes.

__________________

Even: You say that there is no god,

no devil and no witchcraft when crops fail or grow.

It is weather and nature. +10

And you can have an extra drink in real time.

If you wish.


9 THE REFORMATION

Even: You support the Reformation

because of the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church.

+ 5

(But mutter a complaint about losing holidays on Saints’ Days

as you add up your score, please.)

___________________

Odd: You support the Reformation because

you want the land and estates of the monasteries.

Minus 5

(But complain to the judge that you heard an opponent

muttering about Saints Days. Request s/he is burnt at the stake.)


10 THE CIVIL WAR

Even: You join the Diggers at St George’s Hill,

Proclaiming ‘All should be held in Common’. +10

(Also share some drink and food in real time.)

--------------------------

Odd: You support King Charles,

asserting ‘The Divine Right of Kings’.

Minus 10

(And explain to the group why a monarchy

is preferable to a republic.)


11 ENCLOSURE

Even: You tear down fences and hedges

in riots against enclosure. +10

Have an extra go too.

___________________

Odd: You take over common land with fences

and hedges and privatise. Minus 10

(And face insults from other players in real time.

And miss a go.)


12 WAR. ENSLAVEMENT, EMPIRE

Even: You speak out against wars, enslavement

and Empire. +10

And take the chance to stretch your legs in real time.

_____________________

Odd: You say that war, enslavement and Empire

bring wealth to the country. Minus 10

And you must remain seated in real time for the next five minutes.

And you go back three spaces.


13 PAINE, WOLLSTONECRAFT, BURKE

Even: You read Tom Paine’s The Rights of Man

and Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Women

to regulars in the tavern. +10

And have a drink in real time.

____________________

Odd: You read Edmund Burke’s

Reflections on the Revolution in France

and say common people are ‘a swinish multitude’.

Minus 10

(And metaphorically was your mouth out)


14 TURNPIKES AND BREAD PRICES

Even: You smash down turnpike gates at toll houses

and riot against the high price of bread too. + 20

And have a bite to eat in real time.

________________

Odd: You invest in a turnpike trust and hoard wheat

to ensure the price goes up. Minus 20

And nobody speaks to you in real time for the next four minutes.


15 STEAM POWER AND WATER POWER

Even: You tell the mill-owner that water power

is not only cheaper than steam but it’s healthier too.

+10

And have a drink in real time.

________________-

Odd: You invest in steam power because

you can control the workforce more rigorously

and keep their wages lower. Minus 20

And you are shunned for the next three minutes in real time.


16 GENERAL LUDD

Even: You say the new machines mean shoddy cloth

as well as unemployment, lower rates and pay. ‘

Smash those machines!’, says General Ludd. + 10

And an extra go.

___________________

Odd: You say: Machines and towns and mills mean progress.

We have all to submit to the march of progress.

What chance do we stand against the army up here?

There are more troops up here than being used against Napoleon.

Minus 10

And nobody speaks to you for five minutes.


17 PETERLOO

Even: You march proudly to St Peter’s Fields in 1819,

banner aloft, for universal suffrage. Including votes for women.

+ 15

_________________________

Odd: You agree with the Home Secretary and the Prince Regent:

the yeomanry did a splendid job keeping order.

Minus 20


18 TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS

Even: You join the Grand National Consolidated Trade Union

You support a general strike.

+10

And an extra go.

_____________________

Odd: You refuse to join the demonstration

in support of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Minus 10

And go back two spaces.





19 CAPTAIN SWING

Even: You write a Captain Swing letter demanding

higher wages and an end to threshing machines

which take away your winter work.

+10

__________________

Odd: You inform on your workmates and tell the squire

who wrote the Swing letter and

who smashed the threshing machines. Minus 20

And nobody speaks to you for the next three minutes.




20 THE WORKHOUSE

Even: You campaign against workhouses.

It criminalises poverty and punishes the poor. It splits families up.

+ 10

____________________

Even: ‘If we give the poor support outside of a workhouse it only makes them idle and profligate. Conditions inside the workhouse should be worse than the worst paid job outside. Lesser eligibility.’ Minus 20

And go back two spaces.


21 THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY

Even: You campaign for the abolition of enslavement.

You show the evils of the Middle Passage,

the cruelty on the plantations and the shame of the triangular trade.

+15

And have an extra go too.

_________________________

Odd: You say workers in British mills are treated

worse than slaves on plantations

in the West Indies.

You get compensation money at abolition

and invest it in railways.

Minus 30

And miss a go.


22 CHARTISM

Even: You join the Chartists:

You say that moral force is not enough.

Appearing ‘respectable’ and ‘deserving’

of the vote could take for ever.

There must be strikes and threats

if the working class is to get the vote.

‘Physical force’.

+10

___________________

Odd: You say ‘moral force’ is the path to enfranchisement.

The working class must be respectful,

lawful and patient.

Minus 5


23 WAGES AND PROFITS

Even: You declare that profits are stolen wages

+10

And have an extra go.

_______________________

Odd: You say that we can only get higher wages

if the boss makes higher profits

Minus 10

And miss a go.


24 THE AGE OF EMPIRE

Even: You oppose the Age of Empire

and the carve-up of Africa

as exploitative and immoral.

+10

And go forward two spaces

_____________________

Odd: You say that the British Empire

civilises the world:

You use the phrase,

“White Man’s Burden”.

Minus 10

And go back two spaces.


25 VOTES FOR WOMEN

Even: You chain yourself to railings

And go on hunger-strike

For Votes for Women.

+15

__________________

Odd: You declare that women are too emotional

And cannot understand politics;

Their place is in the home.

Minus 15

And no-one speaks to you for the next two minutes.


26 THE GREAT WAR

Even: You oppose war in 1914:

‘Workers of the World Unite!’

How can this be a war for democracy

when so many soldiers – and all women –

don’t have the vote?

+15

____________________

Odd: You pass white feathers in the street.

Minus 15

And n0-one speaks to you for the next two minutes.


27 THE END OF THE GREAT WAR

Even: You read about the Wobblies.

You read about revolution in Russia.

You try to form a soldiers’ soviet

in a British Army mutiny

against the slowness of demobilisation in 1919.

+ 10

And move forwards one place.

_________________-

Odd: You want to fight against the Bolsheviks in Russia

and you volunteer for the Black & Tans

in Ireland.

Minus 15

And no-one speaks to you for the next three minutes.


28 THE GENERAL STRIKE

Even: You are on the picket line throughout

The General Strike.

+ 10

And have a drink or something to eat to keep yourself going.

_________________

Odd: You break the strike by volunteering

To drive trains and deliver food.

Minus 10

And miss a go.


29 THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

Even: You volunteer to go to Spain to aid

the fight against Franco and Fascism.

+15

And an extra go.

_____________________

Odd: You support the British policy of neutrality

Even when British ships aiding

The struggle against Franco are bombed.

Minus 15

And miss a go.


30 THE GREAT DEPRESSION

Even: You go on hunger marches

and the Jarrow Crusade

during the Great Depression.

+10

And an extra go.

_________________

Odd: You support cuts in unemployment benefit,

And you support the Means Test;

You say the government has to balance the budget.

Minus 10

And you have nothing to eat or drink for the next 5 minutes.


31 CHURCHILL AND WW2

Even: You don’t forget Winston Churchill’s actions

during the coal miners’ strike in South Wales;

his bellicosity during the General Strike, and his attitude

towards demands for Indian independence.

+10

_______________________

Odd: You believe Churchill’s speech

where he likens Labour to the Gestapo

and you vote Tory in the 1945 general election.

Minus 10


32 THE COLD WAR

Even: During the Cold War, you say the

Americans are protecting capitalism

rather than democracy.

+10 and have a cup of tea

__________________-

Odd: During the Cold War,

You proclaim,

‘Better Dead than Red.’

Minus 10

And hide under a chair for a minute in case of a nuclear attack

33 THE END OF EMPIRE

Even: You campaign for decolonisation

and the end of Empire,

and against apartheid.

+10

And receive gestures of solidarity from others in the room.

_________________

Odd: You say Africa and ‘the Third World’

are not yet ready for self-rule.

Minus 10

And receive gestures of derision from others in the room.


34 THATCHERISM

Even: You campaign against Thatcherism

and all its varied attacks on collectivism,

Nationalisation, trade unions,

and the Welfare State.

Plus 10

And others in the room give you a drink.

_________________



Odd: You argue for self-help,

standing on your own two feet,

Market forces, laisser-faire,

Cuts in social security etc. etc. etc. etc.

Minus 10

And everyone in the room turns their back on you.


35 CONTESTED CULTURE WARS

Even: You support BLM,

Decolonising the curriculum,

And aid refugees and asylum seekers.

+10

And an extra go.

___________________--

Odd: You use the terms ‘Woke’

‘snowflake’, ‘virtue-signalling’

And ‘cultural Marxism’.

You use ‘Marxism’ as a pejorative.

Minus 10

And everyone in the room turns their back on you.


36 THE ANTHROPOCENE and the CAPITALOCENE

Even: You show how climate change

Was initiated by the British steam-based

Industrial revolution

and the use of more expensive coal over cheaper

water power, because it meant bosses could control

their workforce.

You believe Capitalism is the cause of

Climate catastrophe;

‘The Capitalocene’.

+10

______________________

Odd: You look back to home sapiens;

You say the discovery of fire started it all.

Climate change is down to humanity as a species.

The Anthropocene.

Minus 10 and miss a go too.




Alpha and Omega






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