Tuesday, February 23, 2010


So, this last weekend when Brother was here, we were playing cards like our family likes to do.  Then, we decided to play a board game.  Brother and I are huge board game fans.  Growing up on a farm with us being the only two siblings, we found ways to stay entertained, and board games on a Saturday morning was always a good time.

I don't know which one of us thought of it, but we decided to play Masterpiece.  Have any of you ever played this?

Here is the box, in all it's glory!

We have a very, very old version.  We don't have any of the moving pieces, so we just grabbed random things and threw them on the board.

The way it works, for those of you who have never played, is that you go around the board and follow the instructions.  You are trying to acquire paintings and increase your net worth.  Every time you buy or receive a painting, you get another card with a value.  There is one $1,000,000 card - the highest - as well as two FORGERY cards.  Sometimes you land on the spot where you inherit a painting.  Sometimes you have to buy a painting for a certain price from the bank or a player.  Other times, you can have an auction and you bid on a painting.  This is always tricky because you don't know exactly what the painting is going to be worth!  It's great if someone is bidding on a painting you know the price of, or tries to re-sell it later, unless you forget what it was worth like my husband did several times!  He ended up bidding huge amounts on cheap paintings he had already owned!  It was hilarious.

Tell me this doesn't look like the most fun you've ever had in your whole life!

 Check out the sweet characters you get to choose from!  They are WAY better than CLUE characters.

And the game never really gets stale because you have a stack of painting cards and a separate stack of worth cards, so it's totally random.  Paintings are never worth the same amount from game to game!

Anyway, I am now in search of this game online.  I would really like to own my own copy.  And I don't want to pay an arm and a leg.  Anyone have any ideas of where I could find this game?  I'm anxious to see what the new version looks like, compared to my mom's 1970s version.



  1. I have never heard of this game. My grandma has tons of old board games, some are pretty obscure but this one is not among them. Interesting.

  2. Nope, never heard of this one. But I can picture you two sitting around as kids playing it...

  3. I never heard of it but it sounds like fun!!! I like the idea that it is never the same from game to game. I'm a huge fan of board games.