July 28, 2018

"WHOEVER possesses PIETY, HONESTY, TEMPERANCE, GRATITUDE, PRUDENCE, TRUTH, CHASTITY, SINCERITY...is entitled to Advance six numbers toward the Mansion of Happiness."

"WHOEVER gets into a PASSION must be taken to the water and have a ducking to cool him... WHOEVER posses[ses] AUDACITY, CRUELTY, IMMODESTY, or INGRATITUDE, must return to his former situation till his turn comes to spin again, and not even think of HAPPINESS, much less partake of it."

So read the rules of the board game The Mansion of Happiness.



From Wikipedia:
The Mansion Of Happiness was designed by George Fox, a children's author and game designer in England. The first edition, printed in gold ink "containing real gold" using one copper plate engraving and black ink using a second copper plate engraving, produced a few hundred copies. Water coloring was used to complete the game board, making a brilliant, colorful, and expensive product fit for the nobility. Later in 1800, a second edition was printed, probably for rich but common folk. Only one copper plate was used to print black ink and no water coloring was used....

The popularity of The Mansion of Happiness and similar moralistic board games was challenged in the last decades of the 19th century when the focus of games became materialistic and competitive capitalistic behavior.... ...The Game of Playing Department Store, for instance, being the player who carefully spent his money accumulating the most goods in a department store. Bulls and Bears: The Great Wall St. Game promised players they would feel like "speculators, bankers, and brokers"....

34 comments:

rhhardin said...

Ther was strip mansion of happiness for the adults.

Elliott A said...

For most people chastity does not lead to happiness

tcrosse said...

Woody Allen said that he sold the memoirs of his love life to Parker Brothers so they could turn it into a board game.

rcocean said...

Chasity as a virtue?

Per Hollywood, that's a vice.

gspencer said...

Randolph Duke: Mother always said you were greedy.

Mortimer Duke: She meant it as a compliment.

n.n said...

Chastity in context. While certain religions have always normalized "friendship with benefits", mainstream sects still resist polygamy and other widely diverging social structures. #Judgment #Labels

Darrell said...

Woody Allen said that he sold the memoirs of his love life to Parker Brothers so they could turn it into a board game.

I never saw the Parker Brothers Diddling Little Girls.

rhhardin said...

(working on campaign speech)
"In four years, sixteen million perished. In the silent aftermath, towns grieved for their fallen young men. This is my masterpiece. I mean, I'm nailing pathos to the fricking wall here."

"Death, glory, folly, tragedy. It's got the four main mood groups."

Veep season 3

FullMoon said...

New some people whose kids were:
Faith, Hope, Charity, Joy and, finally, Tom.

tim in vermont said...

So they went from telling their customers how to live to listening to what they wanted. Hmmm....

Sebastian said...

"The Mansion Of Happiness was designed by George Fox."

Board games played in silence are no fun.

Big Mike said...

If you possess AUDACITY plus LUCK then go straight to the Mansion of Happiness.

Howard said...

Raoul Duke: There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

tcrosse said...

If you possess CHASTITY, Cher will name one of her kids after you.

Barry Dauphin said...

What happens to whoever teaches David Foster Wallace?

Humperdink said...

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." Phil 4:8

Ralph L said...

Apparently not the George Fox who started the Society of Friends, though he would get the lightweight religion tag, too, in one sense.

sinz52 said...

"Abstinence is the worst form of perversion."
-- Guy de Maupassant

(He caught syphilis as a young man and died in 1893 at age 42.)

Oso Negro said...

I would like to discover a cogent, but nuanced permission structure from which to promote libertinism without being termed a pervert.

JackWayne said...

So the game of Life is actually pretty old.

Fernandinande said...

The game reminds me of this poster that a Mexican alcoholic had on his wall: Alcohol el enemigo!

Fernandinande said...

Come to think of it, he was a drunk, not an alcoholic - "Alcoholics go to meetings!"

traditionalguy said...

That must be the Professor's test Meade must pass to get back into the house.

rhhardin said...

Honest aj 2. (of women) Chaste.

WK said...

Read the instructions. It is unclear as to landing on which spaces require you to do a shot.

Ambrose said...

With piety, honesty, temperance, gratitude, prudence, truth, chastity and sincerity you may not live forever, but it will sure seem like it.

mockturtle said...

Is there a 'Pit of Misery'? Dilly dilly!

I think there was once a board game based on Pilgrim's Progress. It would be a great collector's item and fun to play, as well.

Original Mike said...

“Do you promise to covet property, proprietary, plurality, surety, security, and not hurt the state, say "what?”

wholelottasplainin said...

"The popularity of The Mansion of Happiness and similar moralistic board games was challenged in the last decades of the 19th century when the focus of games became materialistic and competitive capitalistic behavior.... "

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And who here hasn't reveled in building hotels from seedy Baltic Avenue to Park Place, and hasn't erupted into a mad "MWAAAHHHAAHAHHAHAA! as you bankrupt your opponents when they land on your properties?

Word has it that Stalin used to love this game, and would send the losers to the Lubyanka.

No "Get Out of Jail Free for You!!!



Yancey Ward said...

I read somewhere that Monopoly will add a new card that tells you are being investigated by the Special Counsel.

Aussie Pundit said...

A very nice find, Althouse.

mtrobertslaw said...

With the level of student assaults on each other and teachers as well increasing ever year in the Madison School District, it might be a good idea to introduce this game in Madison's public schools, starting at the 1st grade level.

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