Is this the nastiest game of all time?

Old-fashioned games are currently enjoying something of a renaissance, thanks on the one hand to nu-nerd classics like Settlers of Catan and on the other to joyously bad-taste party favourite Cards Against Humanity. It's a good time, then, to blow the dust off what might just be the most badly dated board game of all time: A Question of Scruples (Scruples for short). Winding the clock back, the advert seems harmless enough:

Wholesome fun for everyone. Except, when you opened the box those aren't the ONLY types of question you were asked. "Keep it light" is a favourite maxim in the entertainment industry. But whoever wrote these didn't get the memo. 

Let's take a look at some classic "questions of Scruples".

1. Your starter for 10.

2. When has this ever been a dilemma?

3. Are you too lazy to go to the gym?

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4. Are you homophobic?

5. Are you extremely homophobic?

6. It's that troublesome daughter again.

7. Ok, so the Cold War was going on, but really?

Question: Did the Miliband household own a copy of Scruples?

Question: Did the Miliband household own a copy of Scruples?

8. Still mining the fertile "Are you a grass?" territory.

9. Um...

10. Er...

11. This is getting weird now.

12. Really weird.

13. Phew. Back to simple cheapskate issues.

14. Slightly hateful again.

Thankfully, since the 1980s charities have discovered there are more lucrative fundraising methods than selling flags.

Thankfully, since the 1980s charities have discovered there are more lucrative fundraising methods than selling flags.

15. We've all been there.

16. Accidental Partridge.

17. Strapped for cash?

18. A hot potato.

19. How horrible are you?

20. How racist are you?

21. This feels an awful lot like it happened to the card writer.

Well there you have it. Scruples: "It's a game, and more." The "more" being a scary insight into the 1980s mindset. Still, nice to know we've made a bit of progress since. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to have a dip in a pool with my neighbour, who I hate.

Jon HarveyComment