This England Magazine - Winter 2008/9
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For some unknown reason, the United States doesn't seem to be as prolific when it comes to articles about the history of board games. But fortunately, that is not the case in England. Here is yet another informative essay from that country on the history of the world's two most popular games: Monopoly and Clue.

The article appears in a three page spread in the Winter 2008/9 issue of the quarterly, This England. The article is written by Angeline Wilcox and offers a quaint reminisce about holiday traditions playing the two great games. Eight pictures and an illustration accompany the article.
Pages 48 & 49
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Page 50
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First of all, it must be said that this article would have been much more enjoyable had it dropped the boring talk about Monopoly. But since there are some people in this world who for some reason enjoy the game, I guess it had to be included. We'll skip that part.

Ms. Wilcox makes an effort to evoke the happier family times playing board games that may or may not be coated in a rose colored tint. Nonetheless, she does a good job offering up the behind the scenese information that went into bringing Clue into production. The article rounds out with mention of the game's reinvention, calling it, "a victim of unnecessary change." Cleverly referencing the nostalgia of the article's beginning, she points out that the traditional game, "recreates a world depicted in Agatha Christie novels where grace and gentility mixes with mystery and murder." Amen!

The artwork contained in the spread is pretty standard with images used of the board, cards, etc. Oddly, however, the original board and card designs are used, however, the notepad is taken from a more modern edition. As is the plastic rope. And for some odd reason, there is an orange pawn instead of a yellow one. But maybe that is just the result of bad photoshopping. We'll let this slide given Ms. Wilcox's efforts to bring the game more publicity and denounce the "reinvention."