German sisters’ Corona board sport sells out for Christmas | Coronavirus pandemic Information
The game can be played by up to four players fighting to buy groceries on a shopping list for an elderly neighbor who is protecting himself against the virus.
During the first ban in Germany, the four Schwaderlapp sisters decided to make good use of their long hours indoors – by inventing a coronavirus board game that sells by the thousands.
“Corona – the rush to the shops” can be played by up to four players who are fighting to buy all the groceries on a shopping list for an elderly neighbor who is protecting himself from the virus.
Players collect and trade playing cards, and the winner is the one who delivers all the items first. Hurdles along the way include encountering the virus that is leading you into quarantine or discovering that hoarders have already picked up all the pasta or toilet paper rolls.
“The basic principle is solidarity,” said 20-year-old Sarah to Reuters from the family home in the western city of Wiesbaden.
“But each of the players can choose to work with the others … or make it harder for them by blocking their path with viruses.”
The sisters worked on the game most evenings during the Northern Spring lockdown, gradually taping additional items from news broadcasts about the pandemic.
“That was the case with hoarding. And we saw from the balcony concerts in Italy and turned them into a playing card, ”added Sister Rebecca.
Father Benedikt Schwaderlapp was impressed by his daughters’ efforts and decided to commercialize the game by hiring an artist to design the cards, board and box.
So far he has sold 2,000 copies and registered a toy store as a secondary distributor.
“Because the game was so popular, it was quite a challenge for our family business to pack and release 500 games in a very short time,” he said.
“The demand from all over Germany was massive.”