Back in the 1960s I was a young child and I played The Game of LIFE a lot. It was my favorite game.

I believe there are Monopoly People and LIFE people–I was a LIFE person. I enjoyed the story line.

The first idea of a parody came to me when I was 10 years old. It was 1968 and the United States was deep in the Vietnam War. There were protesters in the streets and the war was televised every night. I have three older sisters so they were worried about their boyfriends getting drafted.

I wondered: why isn't WAR in The Game of LIFE?  WAR seemed to be a big issue and the game was called LIFE. 

I also thought it would be an interesting space. You land on a space that says YOU'RE DRAFTED! And I imagined that your player would go down a different path than the other players. Spaces like: Stuck in a swamp, shot at, step on a land mine, etc...

Why was WAR not in a game called LIFE?