I Incite This Boardgame to Rebellion
June 8, 2016 2:10 PM   Subscribe

Perhaps you are interested in the Suffragettes. You may even have seen the film Suffragette. However, this may not be enough for you; you may wish to play a strategy game based on the movement.

The only known copy of the game was recently displayed at the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford in an recent exhibit called "Playing with History." For those disconsolate at only being able to read about the game, Georgia Tech has print and play files of the game board, box, and rules. (The last site, a product of a Media Archaeology class, has some interesting background information and links as well as the game.)
posted by GenjiandProust (11 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Naturally, there is a BoardGameGeek page.
posted by jedicus at 2:21 PM on June 8, 2016 [3 favorites]

This games a total blam blam. Don't lean on me, man, if you ain't got time to check it.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 2:34 PM on June 8, 2016 [11 favorites]

The suffrajitsu site just gives me a lovely lavender page with nothing on it. :( But the Georgia Tech print and play files are awesome! Thank you for this. My nieces and nephews have no idea HOW MUCH FUN THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE THIS WEEKEND. Bwah ha ha ha.
posted by pjsky at 2:43 PM on June 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

Hmmm. Suffrajitsu displays fine for me -- maybe it's a browser thing? That site has a load of posts on judo and suffragettes, which is definitely interesting.
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:48 PM on June 8, 2016

The timing of this post goes so nicely with Hillary clinching the nomination! Double points for you GenjiandProust!!
posted by pjsky at 2:49 PM on June 8, 2016

“Arrested” suffragette markers must remain within the Prison section of the board, while “disabled” police constable markers must remain within the Hospital section.

If they put one of yours in the clink you put one of theirs in the morgue - that's the feminist way.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 3:22 PM on June 8, 2016 [20 favorites]

People interested in this game may also be interested in the Night Witches tabletop RPG
There was a night bomber regiment in World War Two composed entirely of women. Natural-born Soviet airwomen.These 200 women and girls, flying outdated biplanes from open fields near the front lines, attacked the invading German forces every night for 1,100 consecutive nights. When they ran out of bombs they dropped railroad ties.

To each other they were sisters, with bonds forged in blood and terror. To the Red Army Air Force they were an infuriating feminist sideshow. To the Germans they were simply Nachthexen—Night Witches.

Night Witches is a tabletop role-playing game about women at war. As a member of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, you’ll answer the call of your Motherland in her darkest hour. Can you do your duty and strike blow after blow against the Fascists? Can you overcome discrimination and outright sabotage and rise above your sexist comrades? Are there limits to patriotism—or endurance? Play Night Witches and find out!
Previous posts about the Nightwitches here: 2013, 2009
posted by oh.ghoulin at 5:26 PM on June 8, 2016 [11 favorites]


Thank you for this post! It aligns nicely with my interests!

This year marks the 100th anniversary when the first Canadian women got the vote (the usual racist restrictions applied all the way up until 1960, unfortunately):
Women in Canada obtained the right to vote in a sporadic fashion. Federal authorities granted them the franchise in 1918, more than two years after the women of Manitoba became the first to vote at the provincial level in 1916. Québec women were denied the provincial vote until 1940. Indigenous women were not enfranchised federally until 1960.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 6:36 PM on June 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

I just watched the movie Suffragette tonight, it was really good! More moving than I expected, I had a sizable pile of tissues next to me by the end. I've been reading a lot about the women's suffrage movement lately, and I am in awe of how brave and strong those women were.
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 6:57 PM on June 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

I saw this at the exhibition. Would have loved to have been able to play it! If only they’d had a reference to the Georgia Tech page.

The “Playing With History” exhibition was also notable for having the most colonialist game I have ever seen: You played on a map of the world & had to make money by carrying goods back and forth between good old Blighty & various bits of the Empire.
posted by pharm at 1:29 AM on June 9, 2016 [2 favorites]

posted by pharm at 1:41 AM on June 9, 2016 [2 favorites]

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