WARSAW, Poland – A new Polish board game ridicules the communist-era rationing system that was used to keep prices under control and fight speculation with food and goods that were difficult to get hold of.
"Regulation. The Coupons Game" was launched Monday by the state-run National Remembrance Institute, which teaches about Polish history.
The head of the institute's public education section, Andrzej Zawistowski, said state rationing of goods was introduced in times of war or crisis. It was last used in Poland in the 1970s and 1980s, due to a shortage of food, fuel and other goods.
In the game, players are tasked with duties like cooking a dinner or doing the washing and need to cleverly trade their rationing coupons to be able to buy the necessary products before they run out.