Object Of The Week : G: is for Games

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Whilst the Museum is closed and our collections unable to be seen by visitors, we have created a weekly virtual museum with an Object of the Week feature from our collections.

G: is for Games

We must all have played a few board games during this lockdown.  But how many of you have this game in your vintage collection?  Originating from the mid 1930s, this week’s Museum Object is called PM.  It stands for ‘Plus Minus’ but it’s slogan was: Play PM to AM! It boasted it was “the most intriguing game ever invented, the game everyone has been waiting for for years!” And: “Absorbing for the Adults, Interesting & Instructive for the Children”.

Its rules were so simple, they could be summed up in one paragraph.

Each Player has a board and 4 men. The object is to move the 4 men from the stars at the top of the Board onto 25. Eleven cards are dealt to each Player. A Player plays any card from his hand and adds the number on it to the number on the TOP CARD ONLY. (i.e. the card that was played by the previous Player) moving one of his men accordingly. Men driven over 24 return to stars and restart. The Minus Cards are subtracted. 

Scoring was thus:

50 points for every man on 25
20 points DEDUCTED for every man still on the stars at the top of the board.
Other men score according to the number they occupy at the end of the game.
The object of the game is to move the men from the stars at the top of the board on to the 25 at the bottom. The finish of the game is when one of the players has moved his four men on to the 25 or alternately when the last player has played his last card and moved accordingly.
NOTE CAREFULLY - NO FURTHER MOVE CAN BE MADE after one player has moved his fourth man on to 25.

The game comes with Rules, 4 playing boards, 4 sets of 4 playing tokens, deck of cards.

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