Thursday, November 09, 2006

There's a board game just out that looks great, made by some guys in the UK. It's a political satire called War On Terror:

WOT board game box

The makers, Terrorbull Games, have been labelled as "sick" in the media. I am all too familiar with that scenario.

WOT game card

Go read their manifesto. Anyone who references Augustan satire in their manifesto certainly merits a table in my coffee house.

Augustan satirists are my heroes. The most plain-speaking one was Jonathan Swift. Most people know Swift as the man who wrote Gulliver's Travels, but fewer people may be familiar with his scatological obsession (he seemed to dwell on the themes of urination and defecation a great deal, and in fact his best poem concludes with the line "Caelia, caelia, caelia shits!") and his proposal (a "modest" one) that the British suggest to the starving poor of Ireland (who were suffering famine at the time thanks to these English occupying parasites) that they cook and eat their babies as a cheap alternative to Turkey at Christmas:

A child will make two dishes at an entertainment for friends; and when the family dines alone, the fore or hind quarter will make a reasonable dish, and seasoned with a little pepper or salt will be very good boiled on the fourth day, especially in winter.

Not at all bad, for a priest.

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At 3:12 am, Blogger the rantolotl said...

I wonder if it will arrive in time for Christmas?


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