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Poland has translated Communist monopoly into Russian

Poland has translated Communist monopoly into Russian
Poland has translated Communist monopoly into Russian

Recreation industry in Poland is being developed not only at the resorts. Unusual version of the "Monopoly" was created in Poland. "Queue" (in Polish - "Kolejka") is the name of the game that offers participants try their hand in the communist economy.

The first version of the Polish communist "Monopoly" was published a year and a half ago. Then all 20,000 copies were sold like hot cakes. As a result publishers have decided to print another 25,000 copies. The new edition of the game was translated into six languages, including Russian.

The game was created on the initiative of the Polish Institute of National Memory, which is engaged in archiving, documenting and identification of the Nazi and Communist authorities’ crimes.

According to the developers, during the testing period "Kolejka" was called "the most boring game in the world". However, the creators say that life in the queues in the 1970s - 80s was the same. Then people had to stand for six hours to buy meat, and it took weeks to buy furniture. Thus, the game completely recreates the atmosphere of the life behind the Iron Curtain.

If the "Monopoly" is a classical simulator of the capitalist system, then "Kolejka" plunges gamers into the reality of the planned economy, where the oranges are rarity, and the stool can be purchased after a few days rewriting the number from one hand to another.

And, of course, the game has a "black market", which was a window to the world of foreign consumer goods.

The idea of the game may please those, who feel nostalgic about the days of "stability and confidence in the future", and serve as a funny gift to the followers of the consumer satiety.

Among the features provided by the game is paying special people for a place in the queue, as well as rental of little children or disabled relatives in order to get an advantage in the queue.

"Kolejka" set includes a special booklet that explains its players the historical context.

Ilya Kalachev

Date: 15/07/2012

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