SOLIDARITY AND HISTORY BOARD GAME
SOLIDARITY AND HISTORY BOARD GAME
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.)
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
4. 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.
5. Players throw dice. The person with the lowest score goes first. If a tie, obvs have another throw until a lowest score is achieved.
6. 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. If a player throws a 1 then they throw again after hearing the judge’s verdict on their move of 1. 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.)
7. 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.
8. 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
You say fire will destroy life both animal and floral.
You help keep a fire going to clear the landscape.
You are ordered to help in the construction of ‘Stonehenge’.
You object to forced labour
and are banished. + 2
You order the construction of a massive stone monument
And consequent forced labour.
You revolt against Roman control + 5
You welcome Roman civilisation: mosaics and hypocausts!
You adulterate Viking strong drink
with magic mushrooms and incapacitate them.
You tell the Vikings where to ford the Thames.
You tell the Norman Domesday Book commissioner
lies and share hidden crops. +8
You are a Domesday Book commissioner
and tour the shires. Minus 10
You join the Peasants’ Revolt
and march on London. + 1O
You stay loyal to Lord and King
in the Peasants’ Revolt. Minus 10
You demand the burning of women as witches
when the crops fail. Minus 10
You say that there is no god,
no devil and no witchcraft when crops fail or grow.
It is weather and nature. +10
You support the Reformation
because of the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church.
You support the Reformation because
you want the land and estates of the monasteries.
You join the Diggers at St George’s Hill,
Proclaiming ‘All should be held in Common’. +10
You support King Charles,
asserting ‘The Divine Right of Kings’.
You tear down fences and hedges
in riots against enclosure. +10
You take over common land with fences
and hedges and privatise. Minus 10
You speak out against wars, enslavement
and Empire. +10
You say that war, enslavement and Empire
bring wealth to the country. Minus 10
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
You read Edmund Burke’s
Reflections on the Revolution in France
and say common people are ‘a swinish multitude’.
You smash down turnpike gates at toll houses
and riot against the high price of bread too. + 20
You invest in a turnpike trust and hoard wheat
to ensure the price goes up. Minus 20
You tell the mill-owner that water power
is not only cheaper than steam but it’s healthier too.
You invest in steam power because
you can control the workforce more rigorously
and keep their wages lower. Minus 20
You say the new machines mean shoddy cloth
as well as unemployment, lower rates and pay. ‘
Smash those machines!’, says General Ludd. + 10
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?
You march proudly to St Peter’s Fields in 1819,
banner aloft, for universal suffrage. Including votes for women.
You agree with the Home Secretary and the Prince Regent:
the yeomanry did a splendid job keeping order.
You join the Grand National Consolidated Trade Union
You support a general strike.
You refuse to join the demonstration
in support of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
You write a Captain Swing letter demanding
higher wages and an end to threshing machines
which take away your winter work.
You inform on your workmates and tell the squire
who wrote the Swing letter and
who smashed the threshing machines. Minus 20
You campaign against workhouses. It criminalises poverty and punishes the poor. It splits families up. + 10
‘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
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.
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.
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.
You say ‘moral force’ is the path to enfranchisement.
The working class must be respectful,
lawful and patient.
You declare that profits are stolen wages
You say that we can only get higher wages
if the boss makes higher profits
You oppose the Age of Empire
and the carve-up of Africa
as exploitative and immoral.
You say that the British Empire
civilises the world:
You use the phrase,
“White Man’s Burden”.
You chain yourself to railings
And go on hunger-strike
For Votes for Women.
You declare that women are too emotional
And cannot understand politics;
Their place is in the home.
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?
You pass white feathers in the street.
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.
You want to fight against the Bolsheviks in Russia
and you volunteer for the Black & Tans
You are on the picket line throughout
The General Strike.
You break the strike by volunteering
To drive trains and deliver food.
You volunteer to go to Spain to aid
the fight against Franco and Fascism.
You support the British policy of neutrality
Even when British ships aiding
The struggle against Franco are bombed.
You go on hunger marches
and the Jarrow Crusade
during the Great Depression.
You support cuts in unemployment benefit,
And you support the Means Test;
You say the government has to balance the budget.
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.
You believe Churchill’s speech
where he likens Labour to the Gestapo
and you vote Tory in the 1945 general election.
During the Cold War, you say the
Americans are protecting capitalism
rather than democracy.
During the Cold War,
You proclaim, ‘
Better Dead than Red.’
You campaign for decolonisation
and the end of Empire,
and against apartheid.
You say Africa and the Third World
is not yet ready for self-rule.
You campaign against Thatcherism
and all its varied attacks on collectivism,
Nationalisation, trade unions,
and the Welfare State.
You argue for self-help,
standing on your own two feet,
Market forces, laisser-faire,
Cuts in social security etc. etc. etc. etc.
You support BLM,
Decolonising the curriculum,
And aid refugees and asylum seekers.
You use the terms ‘Woke’
And ‘cultural Marxism’.
You use ‘Marxism’ as a pejorative.
You show how climate change
Was initiated by the British steam-based
and the use of more expensive coal over cheaper
Water power, because it meant bosses could control
You believe Capitalism is the cause of
You look back to home sapiens;
You say the discovery of fire started it all.
Climate change is down to humanity as a species.
Alpha and Omega