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What’s In That Game Box? – Careers (1976)

Box art for the 1976 game, Careers.

Ever searched the Internet looking for what exactly you were missing from the old board game you pulled from your closet, only to find no succour in your time of need?  Well, stop that fruitless searching through endless google results, as this week we look at Parker Brothers’ 1976 game Careers, where fame, fortune, or happiness or yours to choose.

A much deeper discussion of the game’s origin, gameplay mechanic and the differences between the various versions throughout the years can be found in a previous blog entry, titled,  The Best Classic Board Games – Careers (1955-2009) What’s In That Game Box? deals specifically with the game’s contents, which are:

The game box (with a yellow background and a definite 1970s look to the cartoon characters on the front)

The game board (with a 32 space main path, and eight subpaths, three of which contain 11 spaces, three contain 9 spaces, one with 7 spaces, and one with 13 spaces.)

Six player tokens (blue, black, green, red, white, and yellow)

Two small six-sided dice.

A supply of play money in $50 (blue), $100 (purple), $500 (green), $1000 (yellow), $5000 (pink), and $10,000 (orange) denominations.

A deck of 28 Opportunity Knocks cards, containing:

  • GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to go to the Entrance Square of the Occupation of your choice…meet normal requirements.  May save or sell. [x2]
  • OPPORTUNITY for holiday in Hawaii.  May save or sell. [x2]
  • OPPORTUNITY to enter BIG BUSINESS…meet normal requirements.  May save or sell. [x3]
  • OPPORTUNITY to enter COLLEGE…meet normal requirements. (If all players have gone to College, replace card and draw again.) May save or sell. [x3]
  • OPPORTUNITY to enter POLITICS…meet normal requirements. May save or sell. [x2]
  • OPPORTUNITY to enter SPORTS…meet normal requirements. May save or sell. [x2]
  • OPPORTUNITY to enter THE ARTS…meet normal requirements. May save or sell. [x2]
  • OPPORTUNITY to enter the field of ECOLOGY…meet normal requirements.  May save or sell. [x3]
  • OPPORTUNITY to go into TEACHING…meet normal requirements. May save or sell. [x2]
  • OPPORTUNITY to join SPACE PROGRAM…meet normal requirements.  May save or sell. [x3]
  • SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY to enter POLITICS…because of your great charisma, all expenses paid.  May save or sell.
  • SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY to enter SPORTS…because of your great skill as a mountain climber, all expenses paid.  May save or sell.
  • SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY to enter THE ARTS…because of your great talent, all expenses paid.  May save or sell.
  • SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY to go into TEACHING…Double all Happiness earned during tenure…meet all normal requirements.  May save or sell.

A deck of 28 EXPERIENCE CARDS, which contain:

  • MAY MOVE 1 SQUARE in place of throwing the die or dice on any move. [x8]
  • MAY MOVE 2 SQUARES in place of throwing the die or dice on any move. [x8]
  • MAY MOVE 3 SQUARES in place of throwing the die or dice on any move. [x6]
  • MAY MOVE 4 SQUARES in place of throwing the die or dice on any move. [x6]

A pad of SUCCESS FORMULA score sheets

A blue plastic storage tray to hold the two decks of cards, play money, and player tokens.

The Rule Book (in both English and French, showing the 1971 copyright, not the 1976 publication date)

Aside from the inner cardboard spacers, that’s it!  An interesting tidbit: the 1971 version of Careers has exactly the same components inside the box, and the only difference is the box art, which has a red background featuring four 1970s-style cartoons showcasing some of the occupations available in the game.  The parts are completely interchangeable, which is no surprise since all Parker Brothers did was put the 1971 game pieces into a new box!

Box art for the 1971 game, Careers

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