Pay Day board game is originally made by Parker Brothers in 1975. The game was invented by Paul J. Gruen of West Newbury, Massachusetts, United States, one of the era's top board game designers. It was Gruen's most successful game, outselling Monopoly in its first production year.
The board game simulates money management, with the game board resembling a calendar month. Before the game, the players decide how many months to be played (i.e. how many times to travel across the board). During the game, players accumulate bills and expenses to pay, along with collecting their monthly wage on "pay day" at the end of the month. The winner is the player who has the most money at the end of the last month of play.
The object is to be the player who has the most cash and savings at the end of the game. The length of the game is decided by the players. With four players, a 3 month game takes about an hour and a 6 month game takes about 2 hours.
The Pay Day board game is played under the 1975-era rules with the game board, one die, four playing pieces, play money, 16 "Deal" cards, 72 "Mail" cards. Older versions also included a "Savings and Loan Calculator" and 12 "savings and loans" pegs. Later editions replaced the "calculator" and pegs with a "Savings and Loan" pad plus a table to calculate savings and loan interest.
Each player starts with $325. One player is selected to go first. Players roll the die and advances their playing piece from 1 to 6 spaces as indicated on the die. The player follows the instructions shown on the calendar space on the game board. There are 31 days in a Pay Day month.
If a player lands on either a "Deal" or "Mail" space, they will then select the appropriate card(s) from the top of the specified deck.
Download the game rules here.
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