Saturday, February 20, 2016

Product Review #13: Real People

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.


  1. I think I might have been Fries' girlfriend via pen pal letters in the mid 80s.

  2. I like the idea of the game. Do you roll a dice to choose which of them to go after?

    Are any of them left?

  3. "Dungeon master" -- beautiful detail.

  4. wow, there seems to be a recurring breasty theme with the women. or maybe it was with the men too if that might have been their secret fantasy or little known fact.

  5. I play this game in real life all the time. Difference is that I make up the "facts."

    Also, I am ordering this game right now.

  6. Jrose-ha! I think I am starting to look like Fries

    Evelyn-thank you!

    The Jules-I am sad because your comment was unclear to me.If you meant "go after" like pursue romantically, than I have the perfect one for you. I will deliver it to your facebook wall soon.


    SherilinR-many of the women mentioned their breasts, I guess we were more superficial in 1991

    Ally-I really hope some of these people were making up their facts as well, because the alternative is not good

  7. For some very odd reason that I can't even begin to eXplain because I don't know why, your blog post suddenly made me think that Pearl Harbor Day was coming up soon and its going to be one of those decades things (70 years) so that means it'll get ten times as much "news" coverage. Maybe its just a lack of just enough alcohol in just the right places.

  8. I kinda play this game in real life too.
    Me and my friend call it 'people watching' but really it's 'people taking the piss out of'.

    That doesn't sound right, but you get what I mean.

    I actually think I would quite like to be dropped in a box of kittens.

    Hilarious as ever :)

  9. I just love your product reviews! Do you remember the TV show "Real People"?

  10. I thought for sure that Fries would have been most proud of his goiter, or that he would have used goiter as one word to describe himself. Maybe he has hypothyroidism, hence the goiter and high school reputation as a burnout.

  11. Yours is the only blog that makes me actually laugh out loud every time I read it. I'm so happy that you've been writing so many stories lately.

    1. Aw thanks Stephanie. This one was a repost from several years ago but I am so glad you stopped by to read. Thanks for the kind words