Most of our fond memories of board games are centered around the family and friends we played them with – not the games themselves.
Think about it: when was the last time you actually played Monopoly – with Gram in Palm Beach in 1998? Or even finished it? Chess is fantastic, but only two can play. Same with backgammon.
ONEUPMANSHIP is a beautifully-designed grown-up money game, a sometimes soul-crushing risk-reward adventure that's a terrific antidote to video game crack and the best cure for poker fever. It's an all-new classic.
The perfect Machiavellian gift for the Dad who hates everything.
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Why does it seem that the younger generation is a bunch of whiny, entitled shut-ins? It's mostly because of "smart" phones, and global warming of course. Seriously, do you want to man things up a bit around here, and hammer home some hard truths about winning and losing? Turn your family/friends/colleagues into the “greedy, self-serving punks" that they really are, and have a blast doing it? Just make sure you don't get caught with your pants down.
A cool and creative upside the head smack of old-school fun. Only twenty-nine ninety-nine.
The mechanics of Oneupmanship are simple: each player starts out with $5,000, and the first one to reach $100,000 by either investing in the stock market, buying real estate, purchasing "trophies" or betting against the other players wins.
But wait: we added another dimension that takes the game off the board and into the realm of meta-game: "$ Cards" are personal, physical and mental challenges that are really about proving what you are made of as a human being. And they're meant to hurt. Seriously, we hope you have as much fun playing Oneupmanship as we did making it. And it's less than thirty bucks – invest NOW in a ludic and old's cool family good time...
ONEUPMANSHIP, like life, takes a bit of time to figure out. We like to say the first time you play is just for practice, and the second time is when you can really start to destroy other people's will to live. Seriously, we're including an abbreviated version of the rules for all the impatient ADDers out there with each game (pictured above), and you can also download the CHEAT SHEET here.
With the Cheat Sheet you should be able to get started, and then just learn the rules as you go along. Whatever you do, don't get frustrated and annoyed and start cursing us – read the damn instructions first. Or, just watch this video to get a pretty good overview of the rhythm of the nuance.
"I'm just your average 21 year old, sometimes sober college student training to be a chef at the Culinary Institute of America. One of my friends recently told me about this new game he'd gotten called ONEUPMANSHIP, and how much fun it was. So one Saturday night we broke it out and played. I got the 'Knuckles' card and my hand is still killing me!"
- Jonathan Ikegana, Hyde Park, NY.
"ONEUPMANSHIP is definitely a game where an agile, carnivorous attitude is your best ally. Pity the numbskull who expects a pastel plastic drive-through Game of Life, or a gentlemanly contest of fisticuffs by Broughton's Rules. This is a romp, a rollicking excuse for mad, mutually abusive annihilation. Twenty times better than beer pong."
- Don Stewart, Birmingham, AL.
"Hello, I'm Michael Martelli here in Salisbury, North Carolina. I'm just here to talk to you a bit about ONEUPMANSHIP, a game I had the pleasure of playing with my friends in the prototype stage. I like to call it a family board game for a grown-up family. It reminds me of Monopoly with a lot more depth, a lot more challenges, and a lot more nuance. If you like a fun, cutthroat game with an economic theme, then this is definitely a game you would enjoy. I highly recommend it!"
We'll take you back to school and teach you all the lessons you should've learned on the playground from Scut Farkus and his toady Grover Dill. Ha. Sign up today and get first dibs on our underground sales and specials, as well as the untold treasures of our Miltonic mind.
For any questions or comments regarding any of our games, rules, or our unapologetic louche and recalcitrant attitude, don't hesitate to ring us up or text us on 203.451.5127. You can also email us at email@example.com We're on Instagram @oldscoolcompany. Or, if you just want to say hello, pop by the studio anytime — 13 Wilson Road, Weston, Connetiquette 06883 – door's always open.
"Wit is Educated Insolence."- Aristotle