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Rob Rob
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I stumbled across a recommendation for this game and have been pleasantly surprised. Not only is it a reasonably entertaining game, it actually manages to incorporate some pretty valuable life lessons for kids in its play. While walking that thin edge between being educational and preachy it manages to stay well on the side of entertaining and at least marginally strategic game-play.

In a nutshell, the game deck is composed of "career", "early life" and "later life" card piles. Players initially decide to attend College (delays their career and accomplishments by three turns but opens up a greater variety of career fields) or to dive right in to begin work. Each career has a "time" and "money" value. Some careers give you lots of money but little time, etc... Players use these values each turn to purchase accomplishments. Accomplishments can increase your abilities (exercise), change your life (children) or simply increase your final score (new house). Each turn the player fills their hand back up to the five card maximum. Players can draw from either the early or later life piles at whim. Early cards have smaller use costs and equivalently smaller final score values. After the fourth letter card completing the word "LIFE" is drawn, the game is immediately over. It's kind of a nice metaphor, life ends suddenly and what do you have when it's over? In the game, having children,sending them to school and grandkids count for as much as a new home or climbing Mt. Everest.
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