In 1991, Parker Brothers, flush with cash from their never-ending Monopoly and Clue franchises, decided to strike out in a new direction.
They crafted a game for the people, by the people.
Diligent Parker Bros. staff scoured shopping malls, grocery stores, parks, and sidewalks, interviewing "just plain folks" who were willing to lend their likenesses and personalities to a brand new kind of board game.
The result was not only a fabulously entertaining guessing game, but a snapshot of post-80s American life; our uniquely American hopes, dreams, and quirks as we faced the uncertain year that was 1991.
The premise of the game is simple:
Players are shown four pictures of real people, and on the back of each picture is a list of personal details about that person.
The dungeon master reads one detail at a time, and the other players have to guess which person goes with which detail.
All the cards have the same categories on them.
Let us look at an example:
As you can see, Fries has some interesting things to share about himself.
I like it that he lists "Styrofoam" as a pet peeve, and his motto is worth remembering: "Me awesome".
With the noble intention of adding to the historical record of our culture, I would like to share with you several more of the real people featured in the game.
Using the power of the home computer, I tracked down as many of the faces from Real People that I could, and managed to snag some interviews.
This is their story.
All answers taken from the real "Real People" cards and are property of Parker Brothers.