If you grew up on a diet of 1970s sitcoms like me, you’ll remember the fabulous The Good Life TV series. I’m sure Tom and Barbara’s smallholding adventures inspired new generations of smallholders, allotment gardeners plus back garden veg patchers and chicken keepers (certainly I think they had an influence on my own vegetable patch efforts). Now there’s a new board game based on the premise of being self sufficient and it seems the ideal lockdown board game to play.
As you might expect, the aim of the game is to move around the board with the shake of a dice, collecting fruit, vegetables, pigs and chicken. The aim is to become 100% self-sufficient in food by collecting the following:
- 3 chickens
- 3 pigs
- 3 kinds of fruit
- 6 types of vegetables
- A wind turbine
- A greenhouse
- A beehive
- An allotment
Of course, it isn’t quite as simple as that as there are some twists to put paid to your plans. Keep an eye out for the “Green Fingers” cards which bring some pluses and minuses (a bit like Chance cards or Community Chest in Monopoly). The “Green Fingers” cards might experience drought, or the chickens need to be protected from a fox. Cider from your orchard is a hit with your neighbours so they give you a hay bale. There are many different cards with scenarios on.
If you pick up a natural selection card, you will be tested on your knowledge of sustainability. There are over 50 questions to answer so you should learn something too.
The winner is the first player to fill both their garden and allotment with the above. The game is for 2 – 4 Players aged 7 and over. It has been awarded been awarded the ‘Family and Education Awards Seal of Approval’, and ‘The Good Toy Guide ‘recommended’. Enter code ‘wheelbarrow for 10% discount. £26.95, including free P and P, from www.thegoodlifegame.co.uk
Competition Terms and Conditions
1. No bulk, third-party or automated entries allowed.
2. Entrants must be aged 18 years or older and resident in the UK.
3. The winner or winners will be chosen by a random draw using the competition widget.
4. Promoter is responsible for fulfilling the prize and full contact details of the winner will be passed onto the promoter to enable prize fulfillment. Please be aware that prize fulfillment may take a little longer in these uncertain times.
5. The winner’s name may be published on this site.
6. Competition closes 24th May 2020.