Darwinian. Expensive. Smart. Classic.
ONEUPMANSHIP is a beautifully-designed grown-up board game that's not only wicked, cutthroat fun, it's also a witty and irreverent lifestyle accessory/wry political statement.
WARNING: It's the perfect game for the right players, but is definitely not for pinkos, pikers, posers or pantywaists. There are other people who probably won't take a shine to it either, like do-gooders, geektards and vegans, but we wanted to stick with the alliterative for now.
Hey, Players, join the party.
Don't you want to learn every trick in the book, hang around with the cool crowd, get the latest updates and treasures from our Miltonic mind, have the most fun/best time? Of course you do. Alpha Males and Females only.
An Old's Cool Handbook.
We also think there are lots of life lessons to be learned from oneupmanship (the attitude), and THE OFFICIAL MAN UP MANUAL is our stab at a smart-alecky guide to the really important stuff, like "How to be the world's worse dad without even trying" and "Three must-read books if you're on death row." Just kidding.
Our guide is filled with practical, old-school know-how, lost arts, recalcitrance and humor, too: we guarantee you'll laugh out loud at our smirky debut monograph — Brain surgery... it's not rocket science.
Are you also a word nerd?
One Up! is the ultimate mind game — it's not only faster and easier than Scrabble, it's also way harder too. Seriously, do you think you have enough intellectual soup in the kitchen, so-to-speak, to whip out the biggest words and win?
Check out the quick, canny, fun you'll have playing The Wicked/Smart Word Game.
In our humble opinion, the five most important books ever written on how to live (or not live) a rich life. Read them to your kids at night —
1. Adam Smith - The Wealth of Nations
2. Adam Smith - The Money Game
3. Robert Heinlein - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
4. Friedrich Hayek - The Road to Serfdom
5. F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
6. Michael Lewis - Liar's Poker
Our all-time favorite New Yorker cartoon.
By Mischa Richter. © 1987 The New Yorker.
We learned all about oneupmanship as a teenager in the early '70s from a very old friend named Dr. Victor Popeo. He was, and is, a wry, self-deprecating and fine man, and knew every cool trick in the book. Our hat's off to you, Dr. Popeo.
Eric Berne's bestselling Games People Play was a huge best-seller when we read it in college, and it made a lasting impression on us. (The book, not college.) Even though Berne readily credits Stephen Potter's Gamesmanship as a precursor, we weren't familiar with his work until recently.
*Pluralis maiestatis throughout.