Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Forgotten games: Orgy


 Roman Orgy

 In ancient Greek religion, an orgion (ὄργιον, more commonly in the plural orgia) was an ecstatic form of worship characteristic of some mystery cults.


We know orgies now  from movies like Caligula, one big explosion of violence, terror and sex.  An orgy in Roman days, particularly public orgy was not well seen by the Roman authorities. This of course didn't mean that personal services with male or female prostitutes at the Thermal baths were not a common occurrence - but they were personal.

A rich man's banquet may often  include entertainment by dancers and the entertainment could in some cases spill over into entertainment with the dancers in a general free for all. This wasn't far removed from general prostitution where even a waitress at a "pub" may well be expected to offer full services to the customers in the intimacy of the spare room.






Board game

But this post is not about a sex party where guests freely engage in open and unrestrained sexual activity or group sex. It is about long forgotten games. Games that were made some time ago and never ever heard of again.

I don't particularly like board games. My wife does. She was brought up with games. You think this is fun, a family all together on a table playing a game, but it really is not. None of them is a good loser. They all fanatically want to win, even there is nothing but their own ego at stake. When I joined them and tried to loose as a strategy they looked at me like I had two heads. I was clearly out of one. Who is playing to loose? I do. I don't really care winning or losing. It makes me unsuitable to their games, fortunately.

1. The name of the game is Orgy

There are more board games then you can imagine. And there are actually two board games that are called Orgy. This is the first, from the seventies: The name of the game is Orgy. The object of the game is to lie down and drink from the "porron" (pour it on) fill with whatever drink you like if it contains alcohol it is good, and drink without spilling any. The "porron" was supplied with the game itself. It comes with a bib as well at the bargain price of $10 at the time.



There are more board games then you can imagine. And there are actually two board games that are called Orgy. This is the first, from the seventies: The name of the game is Orgy. The object of the game is to lie down and drink from the "porron" (pour it on) fill with whatever drink you like if it contains alcohol it is good, and drink without spilling any. The "porron" was supplied with the game itself. It comes with a bib as well at the bargain price of $10 at the time.

2. Comissatio Orgy


There is a second game from 1986 called Comissatio Orgy. It is a more "strategy game" and not a drinking game like the last one. It was invented by Julie Prior and published by Paul Lamond Games Ltd.


In the game of Orgy, players take the part of wealthy Roman nobles living in the heyday of the Roman Empire. These nobles would compete for the powerful and prestigious title of Consul. However, pampered by slaves, often intemperate and gluttonous, they enjoyed a hedonistic life-style and plentiful supplies of rich provender that were the spoils of conquest. Players are encouraged to enter into the spirit of the game - Roman dinners could be anything from a frugal meal to a riotous party.

Players move around the board as a result of dice rolls and following the instructions on the square on which the piece stops.Players aim to become the Consul by gaining wealth, 6 slaves, 1 villa and 1 chariot before moving up "The Consul Route".



Prepare your drinks and food in advance is advised on the back cover of the game. Dress in a toga.
Be prepared to gamble away your money (sesterces) and your possessions. When in Rome... No bra's in those days, no boxer shorts either.
I know. A dirty mind is a joy forever.


If you take a close look at the game board you see in the corners there is a slave market, four of them and one in the middle. The aim is to claim the Consul's laurel crown ( The Host may like to provide one) by throwing a six on one dice.

Listed as 2-6 players in the Second edition, the First edition featured at least eight player tokens. Oh yes, the games was recommended for 18 years and older.

Game rules

I was busy some days looking for the rules for one of these games. And I'm sure they are somewhere on the big Internet, but not at places where I looked. I could not find them. The game itself still sells on Ebay by the way. There are still a few copies of the game left in someone's home somewhere. So if you find one on an attic of your parents, hold on to it. I'm sure it has a lot of fond memories of the young naughty people who played it one night.

(And send me a PDF of the rulebook at hanvanmeegeren@yahoo.nl)

3 comments:

  1. LOL Han...I do enjoy board games but have never seen either one of these.

    Hugs and Blessings...
    Cat

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  2. How did you get knowledge about these games, Han?
    Lol..
    If I will find games rules I will sure sent
    Them too you. I promisse.

    Take care ,
    Mona Lisa

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  3. I have the same question as Mona Lisa, Han. You keep surprising your followers.
    Thanks,

    appy

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