subtitle = The Game of Moral Dilemmas
publisher = High Game Enterprises
players = 4–12
setup_time = 1 minute
playing_time = about 1 hour
complexity = Simple
strategy = Medium
random_chance = Low (card drawing, luck)
skills = Simple Social skills
bggid = 1748
Scruples (full title "A Question of Scruples"), is a popular
board gamebased on ethical dilemmas. Players are given five yellow cards with a moral dilemma such as "You accidentally damage a car in a parking lot. Do you leave a note with your name and phone number?" The player also has one red card, with either YES, NO, or DEPENDS written on it. The player must ask the question to the person who they most think will reply with the answer on the red card. If the answer matches the red card, the player asking the question gets rid of their yellow card and red card, and picks up a new red card. In this way, the game tests how well players know the other players. The game is over when someone gets rid of all five cards.
The game was invented by
Henry Makowin 1984 and developed by High Game Enterprises. It was later sold to Hasbro, who marketed the game (partly through Parker Brothers) for several years. The game has since sold over seven million copies worldwide and has been translated into five languages.Fact|date=October 2007
The game was originally designed and marketed by Henry Makow in 1984, who later sold the rights to Hasbro Canada in 1986 for approximately one million dollars.Fact|date=October 2007 Under Hasbro, the game sold over seven million copies. Hasbro later returned the rights to High Game Enterprises, who continues to market the game to this day.
Due to the cultural aspect of the moral dilemma questions, Scruples is updated every five years. The Millennium edition is the latest version, which contains about 1/3 of the questions in the original Hasbro version and 2/3 new questions. [http://www.scruplesgame.com/main.html]
Popularity of the game led to several computer versions developed by
Leisure Geniusin 1987. Versions were released for the Commodore 64[http://www.lemon64.com/games/details.php?ID=3538] , ZX Spectrum[http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0003976] and Amstrad CPC[http://www.cpczone.net/index.php?game=1173] .
* [http://www.scruplesgame.com Official Scruples Website]
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