A Creative Way For Families to Learn About Socialism: The Waiting Game

I picked this up from Neil’s RED HOT link.

“A Polish research institute has developed a board game to teach young people

about life under Communism. In the game, which is inspired by Monopoly,

players must wait in endless lines at stores for scarce goods. For added realism,

they have to put up with people cutting in line and products running out – unless

they have a “colleague in the government” card.”

Note: I tried to copy the picture displaying what the game looks like, but it didn’t

work. Take a second, connect with the link above and see the game board.

The goal of the game is to teach what it is like living under Communism where socialistic policies exist. Similar to Monopoly, acquisition is the “name of the game”. Except that in this case, it is struggling to get the bare necessities of life, such as food, clothing and furniture. Some rules allow other players to jump in life and get the last of a product while other players are forced to give up their place in the queue. A “colleague in the goverment” card grants special privileges.

The game is called Kolejka, which is the Polish word for queue. It will be released on Feb. 5 of this year and costs about 13 USD. The game comes with a book of jokes from the Communist era along with pictures of people actually standing in line for products during that time.

I absolutely love this idea!!! There have been times when we’ve commented on Red State on wondering about how we can explain to our kids what socialism is actually like. Here it is, in family fun fashion. Play Kolejka for a while, then play Monopoly for a while, and really talk about how they differ.

The article link posted above says that the game will be made available for sale online. I tried to Google it but…does anyone know how to read Polish? Maybe we could contact the manufacturer and inquire about an English version?