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November 22, 2017

Classic Board Games: “Clue” Edition

By Julia

As we approach the holidays, I’m reminded of a timeless tradition in my family: board games. Any time we get together as a large group, we inevitably end up circled around the table in a post-meal stupor laughing and teasing over a board game. One of my favorite games was a staple in our house from an early age. My mom kept her “Clue” game from when she was a child and I loved it. I didn’t fully understand it at first, but I adored the artwork on the board and the idea that I, too, could solve a mystery.

You can see from the box that this game is well-loved. I used to bring it out just to admire the characters and imagine myself in Mr. Boddy’s mansion. Yes, if you didn’t know, the name of the man who owns the house in which the game is set is Mr. Boddy. I love a good pun, and this one is no exception.

The artwork from the box is mirrored on the inside. Here, we have Mr. Green looking shady off to the side by himself. I think he did it.

My favorite part of the game, though, is the artwork on the board. The rooms look like they were designed for a 1960s catalog. I can just picture an elaborate party held here, with the hint of foul play just around the corner. It’s upside down in this image, but my best guess was always the conservatory with its secret passage hidden behind the plants.

Even the rules look mid century! See- his name is definitely Mr. Boddy.

What about you, dear readers? What are your favorite classic board games?

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4 Responses to Classic Board Games: “Clue” Edition

  1. Dan Reply

    November 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Many years ago a friend and I were playing Trivial Pursuit. I suspect some adult beverages were involved. She was supposed to ask me “Who is the oldest – Peter, Paul, or Mary?” The question that came out of her mouth was “Who has the oldest peter – Paul or Mary?”

    Thirty years on, still the funniest slip of the lip I’ve ever heard.

    • Julia Reply

      November 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Oh goodness, that’s hilarious!

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    November 22, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    This is great! I love looking at the artwork on old board games and their boxes. The companies used to take so much more pride in it than they do now.

    • Julia Reply

      November 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks! I love them too!

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