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What’s In That Game Box? – Ratrace (1973)

Box front of the 1973 Ratrace game

Ever scoured the Internet looking for what exactly you were missing from the old board game you pulled from your closet, only to find no succor in your time of need?  Well, stop that fruitless searching through endless google results, as this week we look at Waddingtons House of Games’ 1973 madcap game of social climbing, Ratrace.

A more indepth discussion the various releases of this game through the years, as well as its gameplay, can by found in a previous blog entry, titled, The Best Classic Board Games – RATRACE Game of Social Climbing What’s In That Game Box? deals specifically with the game’s contents, which are:

The game box (showing a family in various socio-economic costumes surrounding the Ratrace game board, all on a red background)

The game board (featuring a 36-space Lower Class game track, a 28-space Middle Class game track, a 20-space High Society game track, the Stock Exchange dice chart, and the Racetrack Tote Board)

Six wood player tokens (black, blue, brown, green, olive green, and red)

Two 6-sided dice

A supply of play money (in $10; $50; $100; $500; $,1000; $5,000; and $10,000 denominations)

Six Ratrace Credit Cards

Six Club Membership cards

Six Diploma cards

Nine BLACK’S Art Gallery cards, consisting of:

  • Plaster Bust of Beethoven 100 STATUS SYMBOL WORKING CLASS [x3]
  • Japanese Print 500 STATUS SYMBOL MIDDLE CLASS [x3]
  • Genuine Ming Vase 3000 STATUS SYMBOL HIGH SOCIETY [x3]

Nine ROYAL’S Car Sales cards, consisting of:

  • Radio for Car 100 STATUS SYMBOL WORKING CLASS [x3]
  • Stereo for Car 500 STATUS SYMBOL MIDDLE CLASS [x3]
  • Sports Car for Donna 3000 STATUS SYMBOL HIGH SOCIETY [x3]

Nine BROWN’S Sporting Goods cards, consisting of:

  • Golf Clubs 100 STATUS SYMBOL WORKING CLASS [x3]
  • Snowmobile 500 STATUS SYMBOL MIDDLE CLASS [x3]
  • 30-Ft. Cabin Cruiser 3000 STATUS SYMBOL HIGH SOCIETY [x3]

Nine GREEN’S Furniture cards, consisting of:

  • Automatic Washer 100 STATUS SYMBOL WORKING CLASS [x3]
  • Colour TV 500 STATUS SYMBOL MIDDLE CLASS [x3]
  • Colonial Dining Suite 3000 STATUS SYMBOL HIGH SOCIETY [x3]

Nine OLIVE’S Jewellery cards, consisting of:

  • 17-Jewel Watch 100 STATUS SYMBOL WORKING CLASS [x3]
  • 24-Karat Gold Ring 500 STATUS SYMBOL MIDDLE CLASS [x3]
  • Diamond Necklace 3000 STATUS SYMBOL HIGH SOCIETY [x3]

Nine ROSE’S Clothes & Furs cards, consisting of:

  • Latest-style Suit 100 STATUS SYMBOL WORKING CLASS [x3]
  • Parisian Original 500 STATUS SYMBOL MIDDLE CLASS [x3]
  • Mink Coat for Pamela 3000 STATUS SYMBOL HIGH SOCIETY [x3]

The game rules (laid out in a question & answer format)

Aside from the inner cardboard tray that holds the loose game parts, that’s it!  Just a quick note: the 1970, 1973, and 1974 releases of Ratrace all have the same number of parts, although they can be made from different materials (laminated paper versus cardstock, for instance), and all play the same way.  Have fun climbing the social ladder!

Status cards for the 1973 Ratrace game

Status cards for the 1973 Ratrace game

Game board and tokens for the 1973 Ratrace game.

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3 Responses

  1. Hey there! I was wondering if you minded me uploading your image to BoardGameGeek.com’s file section for Ratrace?? I’ve been looking for this game forever, but all the images they have on file are for other versions.

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