Class Struggle the Board Game – The Greatest Thing to Ever Exist

class struggle board game

When this first popped on Reddit, I was positive it was a fake, yet hilarious, photoshop job.

But Class Struggle is a real board game, released in 1978 by NYU professor Bertel Ollman. It was even translated into multiple languages, including Spanish and German.

Besides Class Struggle, Ollman has a number of notable accomplishments. First, looking awesome. Second, he was Sean Hannity’s professor at NYU. Hannity accused Ollman of giving him a poor grade at NYU for being a conservative, a claim Ollman rebuked on Fox New’s “Hannity & Colmes.”

Class Struggle was published by board game maker Avalon Hill. In the game, according to Board Game Geek, “the Workers move around a board while trying to survive against the Capitalist who control everything. As the Workers unite they take power from the Capitalist players but if they do not succeed in uniting the Capitalist will win.”

Many of the rules are just like real life capitalism: you don’t get to pick what class you play as, and if you’re one of the lower classes, sucks for you. Capitalists get to roll first and decide the turn order of the game.

The game is now hard to find, and one copy on Ebay is currently going for over a hundred dollars. A copy is on sale on Amazon for $177 as well.

You can read the rules here, and check out more pictures below or.

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class struggle board game 3Chance Cards:

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[H/T Reddit, Images: Imgur]

  • disqus_ep1iDyw2bR

    communist fetishism. A very post-modern item indeed

    • In this context yes, in the 70’s much less so.

    • Francisco Castro

      regretfully, there’s still chance for socialist politics in the XXI century even if right-wingers compose a bigger political bloc right now. It’s notorious in elections and social conflicts in UK, Spain, Greece, Chile, Portugal, USA, Nepal, Philipines, etc. where many radicals are organizing and gaining relatively influential positions at a modest but constant way. Nearly half young adults in the USA (according to big Harvard polls, among others) consider themselves anti-capitalists and between 30 and 40 something % have been found to be sympathetic to socialism over capitalism. Of course these new organizations are not radical enough yet, and they could (and hopefully they will) collapse prematurely, but socialism is a real danger for the future, again.

  • Robert Schardein

    Well, besides “looking awesome” and suffering the fascist Sean Hannity, he also happens to have written one of the best introductions to Marx’s method in the English language:

  • Nez

    I’m sick of playing…