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Payday, a board game for 2 - 6 players aged 8 to 80 and beyond. I bought this game for my elder children to pave the way for Monopoly and have had many an enjoyable afternoon playing with them.
The idea is this; the board is layed out as a series of days in one month, you decide at the begining how many months you are going to play, each player starts the first month with £5000 and throws a dice to move onwards. During the course of the month they will encounter all sorts of situations which may cost them money - NEW FAMILY PET PAY £300 or FOOD FOR THE MONTH PAY £600 - or they may be lucky and collect money - WIN THE POOLS £5000 or HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLLECT £100 FROM EACH PLAYER, the players will also have the opportunity to buy and sell businesses or collect payment from other players for services provided such as - WALKING THE DOG or MAKING A WEDDING CAKE. There are also, as in real life, BILLS, these bills are collected throughout the month and can make or break all participants.
At the end of the month each player has their PAYDAY, they collect their wages and pay off all or part of there bills, again as in real life any outstanding amounts have interest charged on them.
Working out monthly finances and calculating profit and loss may not seem like fun to kids but the game has many features dependant on the throw of a dice and other features where the person winning can be brought down to earth with a big bill. This adds to the fun and ensures that all players old or young have a chance to win.
The money is easy to use and the instructions for playing the game are straight forward and easy to follow. Cards used during the game are clear and precise so that any child from 8 upwards would have no problems starting and playing with other children of their own age. I have played Payday with some of my kids younger than 8 and they have managed a good game and grasped the general idea of what was happening.
When you reach the end of the game (dependant on how many months you agreed at the start) the person with the most money left after paying all their bills and paying off any loans (there are always loans and interest) wins.
One tip: Do not agree to play for more than 3 months at the begining, if it goes too quickly you can add another month but if you agreed to play for 10 months your kids will make sure you play for 10 months and it will feel like 10 real months by the time the end comes.
Its great fun and a good lesson in life for the children and provides an entertaining few hours for a dad and his kids.
Cost is under £20, well it was when I bought it and it is available from most good toy stores.