The Internet has a thing for vintage board games–the rarer, the better. And often, these historic items reveal a slice of what life was like back in the day. Take for example, this totally wild board game recently on display at the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is Suffragetto, “the latest craze”…in 1908.
The game pits the police constables against the suffragettes of London during the 20th century in a classic race around the board. The coppers must try to occupy Albert Hall while the suffragettes protect it, and the suffragettes must try to occupy the House of Common while the police protect it.
It’s like capture the flag…only a board game…and themed around the fight for a woman’s right to vote. Because, yeah, that was a thing!
1909 board game Suffragetto pic.twitter.com/Q3E7uUXdJw
— Jo Lindsay Walton (@jolwalton) March 9, 2016
The bad news is that there’s only one copy known to exist. The good news is that someone in the University of Georgia Tech’s History and Sociology department made a downloadable version. So you can print it off, and have yourself a good old fashion game of women versus the world. (The site also provides instructions, which have been updated with modern day language to make it easier to understand.)
And it’s legit–as in, it’s old. Some sources claim it came into being in 1917, while others date it at 1908.
“[It’s] a fascinating game to have in the collection, not just for its rarity, but the questions it poses on who would play it and what it says about British society in 1917,” Chris Fletcher at Bodleian Libraries told Hyperallergic.
It’s totally got our vote for the coolest board game ever. Who wants to print and play with us?