Remembering board game, “Careers”

Board games were a regular part of my life growing up. We had a little more than a handful of games that everyone I knew also seemed to have. Games like Monopoly, Life, Sorry, Trouble, Pay Day and Careers were in everyone’s game closet. Of those games, it seems like Careers is the one that people talk about the least nowadays.

I probably liked Monopoly and Life better. Monopoly because I felt like you could exercise some strategy and Life because of the board topography and spinner. Careers came in a close third. Like Life it felt like a roll and move game, which really randomized your chances at winning, but that was okay, because the fun part of Careers was, like life, exploring what you were going to be when you got older.

I am not sure why, but it was thrilling to get a career you hoped to get when you were older or to picture yourself for a brief moment doing something unexpected. Me? An actor??

I am not sure why I don’t hear much about Careers anymore, I see vintage copies of it all the time at flea markets and you can find never versions of the game online. But when I talk to people about it, the younger generation have mostly never heard of it and older people’s memory seem vague at best.

Maybe it is time to bring this Careers commercial out of retirement and win over a new generation of players…

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  1. Drahken

    We first got careers when I was about 12, I thought it was really cool in the way it had extras like (semi)unique goals (ie, the number of fame & happiness you set as your goal) per player/game and had multiple branching paths you could take. Normal board games like monopoly tended to be dull & mechanical, just roll the dice and go around the one & only path, buy properties when possible & do what the cards say. Careers was far more interesting.
    Life was more appealing though, due to it’s 3d board features, the fact that your token changed as you married/had kids, and it even had a branch path or two. (Interestingly it has almost nothing in common with it’s original version, “the checkered game of life”.)

    One interesting thing about careers is that it had a number of different versions over the years & each one is noticably different than the others. If you don’t count special/themed editions, the current monopoly is nearly identical to every previous version. In contrast, getting a version of careers from 1950 is quite different than one from 1970, which is quite different than one from 1990, etc. (The first version I had was from the 70s or 80s, but I once got a 2nd hand one that was from the 50s or so.)

  2. Atari Adventure Square

    I think I played Careers only once or twice, at some cousins’ house.
    Really enjoyed it, as it was involving and got you thinking about the future and life and jobs and such.
    Maybe that’s why I never got to play it again. Remember voting for it at some point but the folks there were more interested in shorter card games (possibly with less deep-thinking about fame and fortune and happiness points).

    I wonder if a modern version would have YouTube star options?

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