In this episode, we flipped over the Monopoly board to make room to play the dark comedy Nuclear War Card Game from 1965. Does having a background in nuclear policy help win a card game about nuclear war? Will the horrors and intensity of nuclear weapons translate to a card game? Can three loving couples survive three hours of pretending to nuke each other? Tim and his elite team of board game competitors answer these questions and more.
Before we decided this game was too dark and switched to playing Candy Land, we recommend checking out the sources below about the unique and fun history of the Nuclear War Card Game (you can also access these links on our SoundCloud page).
-Photos of the game and the cards at “Nuclear War,” Flying Buffalo, http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/nucwar.htm
-“Nuclear War Card Game,” BoardGameGeek.com, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/713/nuclear-war
-Dennis McLellan, “Nuclear War Game Bombs Its Way to Success: Fantasy Card Competition Breeds Some Fallout From the Controversial Topic,” Los Angeles Times, April 18, 1986, http://articles.latimes.com/1986-04-18/news/vw-442_1_nuclear-war-card-game
- Lana Polansky, “Nuclear War: A Game of Chance,” Paste, October 14, 2014, https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/10/nuclear-war-a-game-of-chance.html
- Matt Keeley, “ ‘Nuclear War’ Turns 50: A Fun Game About Human Extinction,” UnicornBooty, October 26, 2015, https://unicornbooty.com/nuclear-war-turns-50-a-fun-game-about-human-extinction/
-“MPs Seek Ban on Nuclear War Board Game Described as ‘Disgusting and Offensive,’” Ottawa Citizen, March 3, 1984, https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2194&dat=19840303&id=H68yAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Te8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1472,1208483
-“Nuclear War,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_War_(card_game)
Thanks to Douglas Malewicki for inventing the game and for Flying Buffalo for publishing it!
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