The Board Game Life – How to play by the rules
From bank loans to house deeds, countryside acres to millionaire mansion (not millionaire estates from the original) this post will go over the entirety of The Board Game Life – How to play by the rules. This game was always my favorite as a kid cause it mimicked real life! If you’re my age then you’ll realize that the new game of Life is slight variations of the game to the original game I remember. This is the Game of Life Spin to Win. “Back in my day” we had to attach mountains and buildings to the game board. There were also small rectangular life tiles that had different values on them. The highest value tile was $250k I believe.
The History of the Board Game of Life
The game of Life has been around for over a hundred years. The game was originally created by the game designer Milton Bradley Company in 1860. The game is based on a simple concept: each player starts off with a certain amount of money, and they must use that money to buy property, invest in businesses, and ultimately try to become wealthy.
The game is played on a checkered board, and players can move around the board in any direction they choose. As players accumulate wealth, they can purchase more expensive property and eventually retire. The game is essentially a game of luck, and the winner is the player who ends up with the most money at the end of the game.
Game designer Reuben Klamer is best known for his work in the board game industry. He is credited with inventing the game of “The Settlers of Catan”, which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Klamer was born in the Netherlands in 1932, and he emigrated to the United States in 1953.
He began his career as an industrial designer, but he became interested in game design after attending a gaming convention in the 1970s. In 1982, Klamer designed his first game, ” Acquire”, which won the Spiel des Jahres award. He followed this up with the creation of “The Settlers of Catan” in 1995. Since then, Klamer has designed several other games, including “Carcassonne” and “Ticket to Ride”.
He continues to be active in the game design community, and he remains one of the most respected figures in the industry. He is also credited for creating and designing the “modern version” of the classic Milton Bradly (which became Hasbro) board game The Game of Life!
Contents of the Game of Life Spin to Win:
Gameboard with spinner
5 Spin to Win tokens
24 People Pegs
12 Pet Pegs
How to setup the game of life:
First, layout the game board and connect the spinner to the open corner. Then give each player a car and a matching colored life tokens. one pink or blue peg. One green pet peg, now tell everyone your pet’s name and the dollar amount totaling 200k.
Divide the cards into five separate piles: house cards, action cards, college career card, career cards and pet cards (We use to also have salary cards back in the day). Shuffle the decks and lay them out facedown next to the game board.
Now you’ll pick one person to be the banker. The banker must keep the bank’s money separate from their own. Each person chooses between the career or college path and places their car on the start college space or the start career space.
Taking the career path first will allow you to collect a salary sooner, take the top two cards from the career deck, pick one and place it face up in front of you return the other card to the bottom of the deck. (My sister would always try to be the police officer, because for some odd reason she assumed I would want him. She still does it to this day!)
If you take the college path you’ll be more likely to have better career options but you’ll have to pay 100k upfront. Salary options on the career cards tend to be higher when you have the required degree.
The game of life: How to play by the rules
The object of the game is to be the player with the most money at the end. The youngest player gets the first turn. Then play proceeds clockwise, on your turn. At the beginning of the game the first player will spin the spinner and move his/her car forward along the orange spaces by the number of spaces the player spins. You may not move backwards.
You may buy automobile insurance at the beginning of any turn. You may also buy homeowners insurance policies when you have acquired a house or at any one of your later turns. These cost 10k and protect players against damage, theft or accidents.
When you pass the green payday space collect your salary as indicated on your career card. If a player lands on the green spaces, then you collect an additional 100k bonus.
When you land on an action space
Over the course of the game you will encounter the action space. When you land on an action space take the top action card from the deck read it aloud, except for the yellow highlighted text at the bottom, follow the instructions. Keep the action cards you draw in a facedown pile by you until the end of the game to earn more money.
When you land On a spin to win space
All players choose a number on the spin to win wheel and place their token on that number. You get to put a second silver token on a second number, since you landed on the space. Spin the spinner until a number with a token on it comes up. That player wins 200k and the tokens are returned.
When you land on a baby space
add as many blue pegs and/or pink pegs to your car as the space tells you.
When you land on a house space
, you may choose to buy a house, sell a house or do nothing. To buy a house, draw the top two cards from the house deck and pick one. Pay the bank the purchase price and return the other to the bottom of the deck and place the newly purchased home face-up in front of you.
You may own more than one house.
To sell a house spin the spinner and look at the center colored area to see if it is red or black collect the sales price, as indicated on the card by the color from the bank, then return the card to the bottom of the deck.
When you land on a pet space
draw a pet card, read it aloud and do what it says, add the card to your collection of action cards until the end of the game for more money.
When you come to a stop space, you must stop moving.
Even if you had moves left after resolving your stop, you always spin and move again. Each stop space is different and are as follows.
take the top two college career cards from the deck, pick one and put it face-up in front of you, Then put the other back under the deck.
Add another people peg to your car, then spin. If you spin red every other player gives you 50k. If you spin black, then every other player gives you 100k.
If you don’t want to change your career, you don’t have to. If you want to change your career pay, the bank 100k take the top a college career
card from the deck. If you want it, swap it with your current career card, if not put it back under the deck.
Pick a direction to travel baby! Spin, the spinner to see how many babies you have, then add the appropriate people pegs to your car.
Pick a direction to Travel. If ever you don’t have enough money to pay a debt or buy something you must take out a bank loan. The banker gives you 50 K, plus-1 white bank loan each time you borrow. Pay the loan back at any time by returning it, along with 60K to the bank.
When you reach the retire space:
Choose whether to go to the millionaire mansion or the countryside acres. Park your
car, kick back and wait for everyone else to retire.
Collect your retirement bonus from the bank as follows:
The first to retire receives 400 K.
The second receives 300 K.
The third 200 K.
The fourth 100 K.
Once everyone has retired, everyone pays back their debts and you add up their wealth, sell all your houses. Collect 100K for each action and pet card you have. Collect 50K for each baby you have pay and then pay the bank 60K for each loan.
Add up all your cash together. The player with the most money wins.
PuzzleBeat Final Thoughts
There are a lot of great board games out there, but Life is one of the best. For one thing, it’s a lot of fun. It’s also a great way to spend time with family and friends. But what makes Life really great is that it’s a game that everyone can play. Whether you’re young or old, male or female, there are plenty of ways to play the game. Life is also a great game for kids. It’s a good way for them to learn about managing money and making decisions. And it’s a great way for them to have fun with their friends. So if you’re looking for a great game to play, Life is definitely one of the best options. See our latest article on How to Play Mancala (Official Rules) Thanks for playing!