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What’s In That Game Box – Full House (1979)

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 Parker Brothers’ Full House, the classic 1979 zany Innkeeper game.

 

Box contents for the 1979 Parker Brothers game, Full House.

 

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 –Full House (1979) What’s In That Game Box? deals specifically with the game’s contents, which are:

The game box (showing a hotel filled with a variety of interesting – if unlikely – cartoony hotel guests)

The game board (featuring four hotel corners comprised of 2 Floors with 4 rooms each [with a Single, Double, and two Suites per floor] and a 32 square game path)

Four plastic player tokens in the shape of dollar signs  (blue, green, red, and yellow)

A 6-sided die

The People-Popper device

A supply of Play Money (in beige-colored $50; brown-colored $100; blue-colored $500; yellow-colored $1,000; orange-colored $5,000; olive green-colored $10,000; and off white-colored $100,000 denominations)

A set of 12 Hotel Rate Cards in four colors, consisting of:

Blue Set: Medium Price Hotel (Casa Del Oro), High Price Hotel (Riviera Club), and Luxury Hotel (Villa Florentine)

Green Set: Medium Price Hotel (Inn of the Dragon), High Price Hotel (Taiko Manor), and Luxury Hotel (Emperor Palace)

Red Set: Medium Price Hotel (The Pines Resort), High Price Hotel (Savannah Lodge), and Luxury Hotel (Astor Plaza)

Yellow Set: Medium Price Hotel (Bristol Court), High Price Hotel (Windsor Mansion), and Luxury Hotel (Hampton Castle)

48 Guest cards (10 Single, 13 Double, 17 Suite, 8 Floor)

30 Telegram Cards, consisting of:

AWARD: BETTER HOTELS AND GARDEN AWARD $5,000
BACK TAXES
(ECONOMY…$2,000; MEDIUM PRICE…$6,000; HIGH PRICE…$15,000; LUXURY…$40,000)  PAY IMMEDIATELY
DOUBLE RATES CHECKOUT ANY GUEST IMMEDIATELY AND RECEIVE DOUBLE THE RATES THEN DISCARD
DOUBLE RATES NEXT OPPONENT WHO LANDS ON YOUR FLOOR, SUITE OR DOUBLE PLAYS DOUBLE RATES. DISCARD WHEN USED
EXTEND STAY: FIRST FLOOR GUESTS PAY BUT STILL STAY ON
EXTEND STAY: SECOND FLOOR GUESTS PAY BUT STILL STAY ON
FIRE: YOU REOPEN AS AN ECONOMY HOTEL
FLOOD: GUESTS LEAVE COLLECT NO MONEY
FREE STAY AT THE NEXT HOTEL SAVE THIS CARD UNTIL NEEDED
FREE TRIP: GO IMMEDIATELY TO ANYWHERE ON THE BOARD [x2]
HOTEL CLOSED TEMPORARILY: ALL GUESTS CHECK OUT LOSE NEXT TURN
INSURANCE POLICY: NULLIFIES: -STRIKES-FIRE-ROBBERIES-FLOOD. SAVE UNTIL NEEDED
NEW GUESTS: DRAW ONE GUEST CARD (FOR YOUR HOTEL ONLY) IF ELIGIBLE THE GUEST CHECKS IN YOUR HOTEL
NEW GUESTS: DRAW THREE GUEST CARDS (FOR YOUR HOTEL ONLY) IF ELIGIBLE THE GUESTS CHECK IN YOUR HOTEL
OUT OF ORDER: ELEVATOR OUT OF ORDER, SECOND FLOOR GUESTS CHECK OUT
RENOVATION: ALL ELIGIBLE GUESTS MOVE TO NEXT QUALIFIED HOTEL AT NO CHARGE. COLLECT NO MONEY
REPAINTING (ECONOMY…$2,000; MEDIUM PRICE…$5,000; HIGH PRICE…$10,000; LUXURY…$25,000)
REPAINTING TURN AWAY THE NEXT TWO ELIGIBLE GUESTS
ROBBERY: ONE FOURTH OF ALL YOUR MONEY STOLEN
SALE: MEDIUM PRICE HOTEL REDUCED TO $7,500 USE IMMEDIATELY OR DISCARD
SALE: HIGH PRICE HOTEL REDUCED TO $20,000 USE IMMEDIATELY OR DISCARD
SALE: LUXURY HOTEL REDUCED TO $40,000 USE IMMEDIATELY OR DISCARD
STRIKE: ALL GUESTS CHECK OUT COLLECT NO MONEY
TAX REFUND RECEIVE $5,000
TAX REFUND: RECEIVE TEN TIMES DAILY SUITE RATE
TRANSFER: TAKE ANY QUALIFIED GUEST FROM ANY HOTEL AND PLACE IN YOUR HOTEL
TRIP: MOVE ANY OPPONENT TO ANY “CHECKOUT” SQUARE ON THE BOARD
VETO CARD: CAN BE USED TO NULLIFY ANY TELEGRAM ONCE SAVE UNTIL NEEDED
WINDFALL: HOTEL USED FOR MOVIE. RECEIVE TEN TIMES DAILY SUITE RATE

The Game Rules

Aside from the inner cardboard filler to help hold all the pieces in an orderly fashion, that’s it.  I hope you enjoy checking in and out those nutty hotel guests!

 

 

Hotel Rate Cards (Blue/Green) for Full House (1979)

 

 

Hotel Rate Cards (Red/Yellow) for Full House (1979)

 

 

Hotel Guest Cards (Single/Double) for Full House (1979)

 

 

Hotel Guest Cards (Suite/Floor) for Full House (1979)

 

 

Telegram cards for Full House (1979)

 

More Telegram cards for Full House (1979)
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5 Responses

  1. Thank you!!! I was playing this game with my kids but we didn’t have the instructions (we were using the game I played as a kid and the instructions disappeared over the years). I couldn’t remember some of the rules so after looking at a few unsatisfactory sites, I came across this site. . .and the full instructions! Thanks for saving our game night!

  2. Have been thinking about this game lately and couldn’t remember the name of it. I used to play it with my cousins (their mom still has the game) and they told me the name. All of the cards are rat-tailed because we played it so much. This is one of the greatest games!

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  4. They could have coupled this with Monopoly and called it Hotels of Atlantic City! And gave them names like The Claridge, Trump and Harrahs.

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