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Banned Board Games – Ouija

Banned Board Games: Episode Six – Ouija

In celebration of Halloween, let’s talk about a board game that, while never being officially banned, has suffered a dramatic change in marketing, reputation and public perception. Ouija was once a game on par with Monopoly or Cluedo- a frustrating yet innocent venture meant to be played by the entire family. But that’s certainly not the board game we know today!

So where did it get its reputation from? At what point did the world decide that this was not a wholesome parlour game, but instead a way to contact ghosts and release demons. I remember being told several times in my life not to mess with a Ouija board. But whether or not the rumours about its hellish abilities are true, you can’t change its innocent origins.

 

Twenty-something journalist, based in both Helsinki, Finland and London, Britain. I'm mostly interested in RPGs, including Fantasy and Horror, but also write topical pieces on gaming culture. I live with my partner and our five-year-old Australian Kelpie, Vernon.

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