I N F L A T I O N
- COPYRIGHTED 1936 -
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
I N F L A T I O N
THOMAS SALES CO.
New York, N.Y.
Fort Worth, Texas
I N F L A T I O N
For Two or More Players
R U L E S
of the game is not only to afford amusement to the players but also to
illustrate to them how proposed Share-the-Wealth Plans, Excessive Old Age
Pension Plans, etc., will increase taxes and place a heavy burden on all
citizens and, at the same time, make it possible for the shrewd manipulators
to gain a dominating position in economical affairs of the country.
At the outset, let
it be understood that before the Government can bring about a share-the-wealth
program it must own all properties and all monies. Under a share-the-wealth
scheme it is proposed that the Government shall make every man a king and
give each person an equal share of the money, after which time each must
take care of himself. If a man has good luck and is a shrewd manager, he
may beat the game of "inflation." If he isn't, he will be no better off
than theretofore and distribution of the wealth of the country will not
have availed him anything.
T H E G A M E
Two or more persons can play.
Inflation playing material consists of:
The box with bottom so arranged as to form a treasurer's tray for use of
the Treasurer while game is in progress.
treasurer's tray also affords a receptacle for the Jack Pot.
Tokens of various designs for playing pieces.
Twenty blue pieces representing cottages.
Ten red pieces representing apartments.
Certificate of ownership cards for every piece of property.
Boloney money of various denominations.
It is presumed that a building boom is accompanying the return of prosperity,
with a consequent shortage of cottages and apartments, so there is purposely
provided an insufficient supply of cottages and apartments to supply buildings
for all property. This is also intended to encourage rapid improvement.
The treasury is custodian of all money, all unsold property, all houses
and all apartments. Players select their own treasurer. He may or may not
play in the game but if he does play, he must keep his personal funds separate
from those of the treasury and keep Jack Pot funds in space provided in
Design of the playing board contains 39 circles numbered consecutively.
Eighteen of the circles are property spaces, that is, spaces which players
can buy. On two of these - Roosevelt and Wall Street - improvements have
already been erected. Purchasers of the others may erect cottages and apartments.
There are three Inflation spaces. Remaining circular spaces provide either
penalties in some form of taxes or rewards in some form of sharing-the-wealth.
In the upper right hand corner is a space for the red "Share?the?Wealth"
cards and in the lower left hand corner one for the blue "Tax" cards.
spaces, other than Wall Street and Roosevelt, are, for playing purposes,
as explained later, grouped in alphabetical series as follows: three A's,
three B's, two C's, three D's, three E's and two F's.
T O P L A Y I
N F L A T I O N
the board on a table, shuffle the red share?the wealth cards and the blue
tax cards and put them on their allotted spaces.
player select a token to represent you on your travels around the board.
count $4,000 out to each player as follows:
2 $1,000 bills.
of money in treasurer's tray. This constitutes the treasury funds. Lay
white certificate of ownership cards out in order so they will be quickly
players roll the dice. Player rolling the highest number start play. In
case of a tie, roll again.
player place your token on starting space and roll the two dice. Move to
left number of spaces indicated. If you stop on a property space you may
buy it for price printed on board and on corresponding white card. If you
do buy it pay treasurer and he will deliver certificate of ownership card
to you. If you stop on a space calling for a penalty, take action as directed
in instructions printed on that space and on card, if required to draw
one. If you stop on a reward space follow same procedure. It you stop on
an Inflation space all penalties and rewards double until you move off.
If you stop on
a property space and cannot buy it or do not want it you may decline to
buy, in which case other players, in turn of play, have the privilege of
you throw doubles with the dice, you play again. If you roll doubles twice,
you get a third throw. If you roll doubles a third time, move as usual
but you will be penalized by having to pay the Jack Pot $200 and you must
surrender dice to next player.
proceed in like manner and so on until all players have had a turn. When
a player stops on a property space belonging to another player he must
pay rent to the owner, as shown on ownership card pertaining to that space.
any player stops on an inflation space all costs, rents, rewards and taxes
double. When two are on inflation spaces, double inflation prevails and
all casts, rents, rewards and taxes are quadrupled, and so on.
any player stop's on Jack Pot he and all other players must contribute
$200 each to the Jack Pot.
As soon as a player
succeeds in buying all property in an alphabetical group he may build cottages
and apartments according to schedules printed on certificates of ownership
and as explained in fuller detail further on.
it will be seen that as the game progresses some players, through the acquisition
of valuable properties, the winning of share-the-wealth rewards and the
avoidance of taxes, may, with shrewd management and luck, grow wealthier
while others may grow poorer. One by one players will go broke and have
to drop out. When three or more persons are playing and all have dropped
out but two, the treasurer will place a token on Inflation and declare
Inflation in effect during the remainder of the game and if one of the
two remaining players stops on Inflation, double Inflation will be effective.
Finally, one of the opposing players finds himself unable to pay his debts
either to his creditor or to the treasury and the remaining solvent player
wins the game.
the treasury will go broke. Then inflation will have run its course, money
will be valueless and the player having the largest amount of property
at published cost prices is winner of the game.
F U R T H E R D E T
A I L S
more tokens may rest on the same space at the same time.
is on so long as one token rests on an Inflation space, during which time
all penalties, rents and rewards are doubled; and, if two or more tokens
rest on Inflation, costs, rents, rewards and penalties are quadrupled.
Likewise price of properties, while Inflation is thus occupied, are doubled
if one token rests on Inflation and quadrupled if two or more rest on Inflation.
on Unsold Property.
a player stops on unsold property (that is, on property not yet sold to
another player) the player has the option of buying that property from
the treasury at its printed price and, upon payment of printed price, he
shall receive a certificate of ownership covering that property, which
he places face-up in front of him. If the player so elects he may decline
to buy whereupon the treasurer immediately offers the property for sale
to other players in their turn of play, accepting money in payment and
giving the buyer the card as evidence of ownership. Treasurer may not,
however, sell property at less than specified price. If no player is willing
to pay such price, said property remains in possession of the treasury.
on Another's Property.
a player stops on property belonging to another, owner collects rent in
accordance with list as printed on certificate of ownership card applying
to it. If there is a loan on the lot no rent can be collected. Hypothecated
property is designated by turning face-down the certificate of ownership
representing that property.
is up to the owner of the property to ask for his rent before the next
player throws the dice, otherwise the rent is not collectible.
is desirable to hold title to all of a complete alphabetical group (for
example: Tyler, Adams and Jefferson) because the owner may then erect cottages
and apartments thereon according to the rules and so greatly increase his
on Share-the-Wealth or Tax Spaces Except Sales Tax.
who so stops takes top card from pack indicated and, after following instructions
printed thereon, returns card face?down to bottom of pack.
all taxes except sales tax to treasury.
there is an option given for player to pay 10% on all his property, including
money, or $250 he must exercise the option and say which way he wants to
do it before he counts up to see what his property amounts to.
treasurer holds, besides the money, certificates of ownership cards, cottages
and apartments until purchase and use by players. The treasurer will pay
all rewards out of the treasury, will sell property to players and deliver
certificates of ownership cards therefor and loan money when required,
on hypothecated property, at the loan value, which is one-half the price
printed on the board. The treasurer will, at any time, buy back cottages
and apartments at half price. Players will be required to pay to the treasurer
the price of all properties bought from him, as well as taxes, fines, money
penalties, loans, interest and transaction taxes.
will be found that the Jack Pot adds tremendous interest to the game. When
a player's token falls upon 'that space, all players will be required to
contribute $200 to the Jack Pot, which amount the treasurer will keep in
a compartment of the treasurer's tray designated for that purpose, thus
separate from treasury funds. When a lucky player draws share-the-wealth
card announcing he is winner of the Jack Pot the treasurer will turn over
to him whatever sum may be on hand in the Jack Pot. Often a large sum of
money will accumulate in the Jack Pot. Winning it brings about a real climax
and sometimes completely changes aspect of the game. Winner of the Jack
Pot must, however, pay to the treasurer a transaction tax of 25% of amount
is made for the erection of two classes of buildings -- cottages and apartments.
It is to the interest of players to erect cottages and apartments as quickly
as possible because the more property is improved the greater its rental
value. Before any property can be improved a player must own all property
in the alphabetical group.
can be bought only from the treasurer and not from other players. They
can only be erected on property of a complete alphabetical group which
player owns. Example: If one player succeeds in buying spaces marked Van
Buren, McKinley and Polk, all grouped as letter "E", he may at any period
of his ownership buy a cottage or cottages from the treasurer to erect
thereon and, if he buys one cottage, he may put it on any one of the three
lots. However, the next cottage he buys and erects must be put on one of
the unoccupied lots of 'this or of any other complete alphabetical group
he may own. He may not build two cottages on any one lot in a particular
alphabetical group until he has put one cottage on each of all of the lots
of that group. That is to say, he must build evenly. After a player has
built one cottage on every lot of that group, he may then build on the
second row of cottages and so on up to the limit of not exceeding three
cottages to a lot. But he cannot build three cottages on one lot if he
has only one cottage on one lot of that group.
player must have three cottages on each lot of a complete alphabetical
group before he can build an apartment. He may then buy an apartment from
the treasurer to be erected on any lot of that alphabetical group delivering
to the treasurer therefor the three cottages from that lot plus excess
money price shown on the certificate of ownership. It will readily be seen
that apartments pay much higher rents than the three cottages but only
one apartment may be erected on any one lot.
a player lands on relief station, which is space number ten, and accepts
relief from his government he is automatically detoured by way of the New
Deal Highway, as indicated by the arrow. Whether or not the detour provides
a shorter route to prosperity remains to be determined.
shown on the board and on certificate of ownership card, Roosevelt space
has an apartment already erected. This is a highly desirable piece of property
because of the large rent it commands. Nevertheless, if a player reaching
it does not care to buy, it is his privilege not to exercise his option,
in which event next player on his left may buy, and so on. In no case,
though, may it be purchased at less than indicated price plus whatever
degree of inflation, if any, is effective at the time.
Street has a stock exchange ready for operation. This is both a very desirable
and a very hazardous piece of property. It may make or break the owner.
If player reaching it and thus obtaining option to buy does not buy, privilege
passes on to the left as with other property; provided, however, it must
not be sold at less than listed price plus whatever degree of inflation
may be effective.
player lands on H. O. L. C, space he may borrow from the, treasury 100%
of the original cost, at prices listed on ownership cards, of all his unimproved
property, and of Roosevelt and Wall Street, should he own them. On his
next turn to play, or at any later time, he may take up his loan by paying
the treasury an amount equal to the loan value of such property plus the
usual transaction tax of 10% of the loan value. To illustrate: Suppose
a player owning property which cost $2,000 stops on H. O. L. C. He may
borrow the full $2,000, hypothecate such property, then on his next play
or later take up such loan for $1,000 plus $100 transaction tax. Thus he
will have profited to the extent of $900.
With One Another -- Transaction Taxes.
will be permitted to buy and exchange unimproved properties at whatever
values they may agree upon, as a private transaction, but no lot can be
sold to another player if buildings are standing on any lots of that alphabetical
group. All such transactions must bear a transaction tax of 10% of the
amount involved, the seller paying the tax to the treasurer; but where
exchanges are made each player will pay one-half, or 5%, on the transaction.
This transaction tax is necessary to provide for funds to meet the old
located on property which owner desires to transfer to another player must
be sold back to the treasurer before the owner can sell any lot of that
alphabetical group. The treasurer will buy buildings back from the owners
at any time and pay one-half the purchase price listed on the card for
cottages or apartments. The treasurer will not buy property while Inflation
is on except at the loan or surrender value.
Supply of Cottages or Apartments.
the event the treasurer runs out of cottages or apartments it will be necessary
for player wishing to build to wait for some player to turn back or sell
his cottages or apartments to the treasurer before building, and, if at
any time, two or more players wish to buy more cottages or apartments than
the treasurer has, the cottages or apartments must be sold to players in
turn of play and never at less than specified prices. No player may buy
cottages or apartments unless he is prepared to put them on property according
to the rules.
treasurer will make loans against all unimproved property to the amount
of loan value as shown on each card and accept hypothecation of the property
as security therefor. The rate of interest is 10% and interest must be
paid when the loan is taken up. If any property is transferred which is
hypothecated the new owner may pay off the loan at once but he must pay
the 10% interest. If he fails to pay off the loan he still must pay the
10% interest and when he subsequently does repay the loan he must pay an
additional 10% interest as well as the principal. Improvements to property
cannot be hypothecated. All such improvements must be sold back to the
treasurer before any property can be borrowed on. The treasurer will pay
for such property one-half of what was originally paid for it at list prices.
When the owner of such property wishes to rebuild, he must buy back improvements
from the treasurer at full list price or inflated price if inflation is
on. Players must not borrow money from each other.
will be noted that space number 31, on the board, is N. R. A. While
N. R. A. is now a dead issue, it yet played its part among the New Deal
measures, therefore it has a place on the New Deal Highway. Yet, it is
a dead space. It carries no penalty and no reward. It cannot be reached
by a throw of the dice.
a player draws share-the-wealth card entitling him to old-age-pension award
of $1,000 and to go to Roosevelt, he must move as directed and he must
spend his entire award with one or more other players before his next turn
to play. This award may be expended in one of two ways: First, it
may be used as rental on Roosevelt space if that space belongs to another
player; Second, it may be used to buy unimproved property from any
other player or players, to the full amount of the award.
player drawing the card can spend the full award as above set forth, with
other players, he must return it to the treasurer. The reason for this
regulation is that the purpose of old-age-pensions is to put money in public
circulation. In the event the player himself owns Roosevelt he may consider
it to his advantage to not accept this pension as other players may take
advantage of the situation and charge him more than their property, which
he seeks to buy, is worth; and so his pension will only go to increase
their wealth without providing him with property of actual value.
a player cannot pay his penalties on taxes the treasurer will repossess
sufficient of his buildings and properties, at one-half their original
cost at listed prices to meet these obligations. All repossessed property
shad go back into the treasury for sale again in the usual, course of events.
If a player owes more rent than he can pay in cash he must turn back to
the treasurer sufficient of his property to realize balance of cash necessary.
The treasurer will make loans only on hypothecated security.
When a player
goes broke, through inability to pay a creditor, he may conduct private
negotiations with creditor or sell him his unimproved property at such
prices as they may agree upon, creditor assuming and paying transaction
the creditor and player fail to agree on the price of any property, then
the treasurer will foreclose and pay the player the cash surrender or loan
value of the property. He must then turn such proceeds, together with what
other funds he may possess, over to his creditor and retire from the game.
all other players have been forced to retire from the game either by being
unable to satisfy a creditor in full or being unable to pay taxes due the
treasury, the one remaining player wins the game.
If the treasury
goes broke or fails, then Inflation has run its course and the game is
ended. Money no longer has any value. The player owning the most property,
exclusive of his money, wins the game.
be played progressively, like bridge and other games, by simply having
all players start at the same time and having a definite moment for closing
the game. The player or partners holding the highest number of points at
the appointed time shall be declared winner and move forward. To determine
the points, each dollar's worth of property and cash on hand shall count
as one point. Any hypothecated property shall not be considered. All other
property shall be valued at list prices.
Price of the Game
Extra Boloney Money,
per package containing enough for game, 30c.
If dealer can't supply
you, remit price by money order or 3c stamps and game or money will be
T H O M A S S A L E
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P. O. Box 1140
Fort Worth, Texas