Saturday, July 04, 2009

Life and death laundry

In a New Yorker profile of Milton Bradley and his Game of Life Jill Lepore says Life is in “a class of board games [called] ‘spiral race games.’”

“The oldest spiral race game,” she says in a parenthetical, “may be the Hyena Game, played by Arabs in Sudan, in a groove traced in the sand with a stick and involving a race between pebbles representing the players’ mothers, who leave their village and head to a well at the spiral’s center, where they must wash their clothes and return home before a hyena catches them.”

source: New Yorker, May 21, 2007

2 comments:

David Lee said...

And no one has made a commercial version of that yet? It's got violent death in it! Board games never have enough violent death in them.

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Glenn Ingersoll said...

Maybe it can be Americanized by switching out the hyena for a ... uh ... serial killer?