What Time Is It? Adventure Time!

This is a break from our vacation posts to post something completely different. I made a new friend at work this summer. She’s a student too – she’s in Visual Art. During the summer we would have weekly milkshakes, but now that we’re both back on campus we’ve changed them into weekly coffee/tea/specialty drink times so we can hang out and chat. For the purpose of anonymity I’ll be calling her Pinkie.

Yesterday we had our get together and somehow we got onto the subject of how I had never been to the Poli Sci common room/lounge/whatever you want to call it. So, we decided to go check it out. As Pinkie said – What time is it? Adventure Time.

We found it with relative ease – I had a vague idea of where it was at least. We looked around a bit and we both noticed a board game sitting on top of this cabinet. The name of the game – Class Struggle. No, I am not kidding. It’s a real thing. Naturally we had to pull it down and take a look.

Class Struggle

Class Struggle: To Prepare for Life in Capitalist America – an educational game for kids from 8 to 80.

I can’t decide what the best part of this is, the terrible photoshopping or the lovely explanation of the game. We knew what we needed to do, we needed to play the game.

There were two rule books - we used the beginners rules

There were two rule books – we used the beginners rules

The first thing we had to do (other than reading the rules) was to roll a die to decide what class we would be. There are the Capitalists, the Workers, and the Minor Classes (Shopkeepers, Students, Farmers, etc). Since there were only two of us we ignored the minor class part – she got to be the Capitalists and I was the Workers. I also made her be the bank (she is the Capitalist after all XD).

Game Board

Just like in Monopoly there are chance cards, but in Class Struggle the Capitalists and the Workers have their own piles of cards – I have no idea what the Minor Classes do – maybe they don’t get them? Or maybe it depends on something which pile they get to choose from? They can also choose to join an alliance with one of the major classes so maybe it depends on alliances?

Close Up

Yeah, that’s right. If the workers win it’s Socialism and if the Capitalists win it’s Barbarism.

The game actually did not take very long – it might take longer if there’s more people playing.

Just Zipping Along

Just Zipping Along

The chance cards are just kind of hilarious (actually, it’s all rather hilarious in a this is ridiculous and depressing game sort of way). I think this was my favorite one that I pulled.

Yeah, I also earned Assets which was a nice change.

Yeah, I also earned Assets which was a nice change.

From what we understood there are three different possible endings. One: The Capitalists win and squash the workers hopes and dreams. Two: The Workers win and there is revolution (I feel like this is probably rare). And then there’s number three: Nuclear War (Everyone Loses). Yes, Nuclear War is a legitimate way this game can end. Cheery, right?

Pinkie Killed Us All

Pinkie Killed Us All

Our game ended in Nuclear War. Which I guess is good for me because I would have lost either way? At least this way we both lost I guess…

It was, certifiably cheesy and ridiculous, but despite that (or maybe because of it) I would play it again in an instant.

The Back of the Box

The Back of the Box

Isn’t the back of the box great? I particularly love the ‘First of it’s Class’ and ‘Bored of Education’ bits. Yeah, apparently you can play this with your class if you’re a teacher. In the extended booklet there’s even a bit that sort of explains all the different board squares with lovely explanations about why the Assets (good) and Debits (bad) are doled out to each class on any given square. It includes lovely reminders about how the Capitalists don’t want black and white (or male and female) ¬†workers to unite because it’s easier to make money off them if they’re divided. I don’t know that that would be a good game to play with kids, but then, what do I know? It might have been fun in high school, but before that… Well, I don’t know what they were teaching kids in school when this game came out, but I’m not sure 8 year old me even knew what Capitalism was.

And Pinkie and I now have a new plan for our weekly get togethers – to explore the lounges/common rooms of every faculty on campus (except maybe the engineers/math, but that remains to be seen). Neither of us think anyone else will beat the hilarity that was Class Struggle, but I guess only time will tell.

– Kali


We Touched the Atlantic!

When we left the airport in Baltimore it was a completely new experience for me at least. Now just Baltimore – clearly that was new to both of us – but the HUMIDITY! Now, I had heard of humidity before – even had people say a day was particularly humid, but I never truly understood what that meant until I walked out into the sunshine of Baltimore. It probably didn’t help that I had been in the same clothes without having had a chance to take a shower for, well, far too long.

The station for the Baltimore Light Rail (I have to give props, it’s probably one of my favorite ways to travel and no two have ever had the same name – Vancouver SkyTrain, St. Louis MetroLink, and now the Baltimore Light Rail) was connected to the airport. I was pretty relieved. I really just wanted to get to the hotel and flop down for a little bit. Not too long because I wanted to take a bit of a look around Baltimore, but at least long enough to change my clothes.

There were a few other waiting for the Light Rail as well and we ended up talking to one guy who was also going to BronyCon – in fact he was working BronyCon. He had never been to Baltimore either so once we got the usual questions out of the way (Where are you from? What do you do? Is this your first pony Con? Who is best pony? – Actually, I’m joking about the last one) a lot of our discussion was related to making sure we got off at the right stop.

We separated and began our trek to the hotel. We were staying in the Radisson while he was in the Hilton. It was only a short walk to the hotel and we actually ended up semi-following this pair (couple?) who had also been on the Light Rail with us – she had a tattoo of Rarity’s cutie mark so we knew they were ¬†Bronies too.

The hotel was gorgeous. The elevators ended up being slightly possessed, but more on that later. We didn’t rest long however, but we did change our clothes. We then headed back downstairs to go find some food – we hadn’t had an actual meal in about 24 hours. That became a bit of a theme on the trip later on though.

We got a recommendation to check out a place just down the street called Java Joe’s. It was a good recommendation. Rachel had a French Dip – her usual first order at a new restaurant – and I got what was called the Thirty Third (no idea why, but it was delicious and had turkey, bacon, and cheese). The place was fabulous and we were ready to go look around Baltimore.

We had no idea where anything was so we basically just started walking. The only thing we knew was that we wanted to find the harbor so we could touch the Atlantic Ocean. Though I’ve flown over it before I’ve never actually been near enough to touch it. The Mediterranean Sea, yes, but not the Atlantic.

Our wandering did eventually find us in the harbor and the very first thing we did was rush to touch the water. Rachel even took her flip-flops off and put her feet in it! There was some sort of tourist information guy who gave us a weird look, but neither of us cared. We had finally made it. After all the craziness of the trip to Baltimore we were on the east coast.

– Kali