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Forgotten games from the times of the People’s Republic of Poland.  From “numbers” to a thousand.  This is how free time was spent

Forgotten games from the times of the People’s Republic of Poland. From “numbers” to a thousand. This is how free time was spent

Forgotten games from the times of the People’s Republic of Poland.  From “numbers” to a thousand.  This is how free time was spent

Games in the People’s Republic of Poland are primarily card games, board games and games straight from the backyard. Some of them are forgotten today, but many are coming back into favour. Some of the games have been permanently etched in the memory of not only children.

In times when there were no mobile phones and computers at home could only be dreamed of, social games were played. Board games and cards were not only used by children. What was the most played game at the time? Some of the games have survived to this day, albeit in a slightly refreshed version. And many of them are making a comeback.

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Forgotten games from the times of the People’s Republic of Poland. It was a real hit

The game that only a few remember today was Master Mind, also known as “numbers” in the paper version in Poland. She came to us from the West, specifically from Great Britain. The main rule was to guess the “code”, i.e. the arrangement of four pawns, in 6 or 10 tries. It was the players who decided the number of rounds. The winner was the one who guessed the most codes in the least number of tries.

What was played in the yard? The girls most willingly played hopscotch and rubber, the boys – caps. With their help, eg “peace races” were played. The caps were pasted with the flags of the countries that took part in the Peace Race. These, to the despair of parents, were often cut from home encyclopedias and atlases. Football matches were also played with caps. Although these games and activities have lost their popularity, it is difficult to call them forgotten.

The most popular PRL games. “Eurobusiness”, bridge and war

In the early 1980s, a native equivalent of the game “Monopoly” appeared on the Polish market. “Eurobusiness” enjoyed great popularity and, like its prototype, was able to argue players for several hours. “Chińczyk” or “Grzybobranie” are also considered cult today, which were often used in the People’s Republic of Poland. Board games were enjoyed by both children and adults. Electronic games were also a hit. So “The Wolf and the Hare” could not be missing. They played “Electron Brain” or “Electronic Brain”, in which you had to answer questions. The 1980s are the time when the first slot machines appeared.

Bridge was a hit at social gatherings. For many, regular meetings with friends for a “game” were a kind of ritual. Other card games were also played, such as hearts, a thousand or war, which were often played when there were more than four players in the group.

Source: Gazeta

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