Tabletop Simulator

Tabletop Simulator

1,253 ratings
The Game of Life
Type: Game
Game Category: Board Games, Family Games
Complexity: Low Complexity
Number of Players: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Play Time: 60 minutes
File Size
0.366 MB
May 15, 2015 @ 2:52pm
Sep 21, 2021 @ 9:33pm
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The Game of Life

The Game of Life (Life) - 1991 version. Includes custom models, working spinner, custom pieces, and high-resolution scans. 2-6 players.

PDF instruction booklet included.

Tabletop Simulator Specific instructions:
• 'Flick' the black pointer to rotate the spinner, due to Tabletop Simulator's physic interactions the behavior and function of the spinner is somewhat different from its real life counterpart.
• Optional 10-sided dice included in case the spinner breaks.
• Spouses and children snap to the station wagon but can fall out if handled roughly. Optional large fixed-place station wagons have been included if you are having trouble.


Set Up:

1. Set up the game by laying out the game board and attaching buildings to the empty lots.
2. Mix up the LIFE tiles, and place them LIFE-side-up near the game board. Take four tiles from the top of the pile and place them in the Millionaire Estates lot.
3. Shuffle each deck of cards (Career, Salary, House and Stock) and place them face-down beside the game board. Place the Automobile Insurance, Homeowner's Insurance and Bank Loans in piles near the board as well.
4. Select a banker to be in charge of money paid to and from the bank. The banker begins the game by distributing $10,000 to each player.
5. Each player should select a car and place a person peg in the driver's seat.

Game Play:

1. After each player spins the wheel, the person who spins the highest number begins the game. Play continues clockwise.
2. When it is your first turn, you must first decide whether to start a career or start college. If you choose to start a career, place your car on the "Start a Career" space. If you choose to start college, place your car on the "Start College" space.
3. If you have chosen to start a career, have another player help you to draw a career card. The other player will fan out the career cards in front of you, and you may draw one card at random. This is your career. You may not keep a career card that specifies "Degree Required." Repeat this step with the salary card, drawing only one card.
4. If you decide to start college, borrow $40,000 from the bank as your student loan. You will remain in college throughout game play until you reach the space that says "Job Search. Stop." At this point, have another player fan out the career cards in front of you, and draw three cards at random. You may choose which career you desire out of these three. Do the same with the salary card; choosing three cards at random, and selecting which salary card you would like to keep.
5. After your first turn, begin regular game play. When it is your turn to play, spin the wheel and move your car forward the amount of spaces dictated by the number you've spun. If there is already another player on your spot, move ahead to the next free space. Follow the instructions on the space.
6. As you move through the game you will encounter colors on different spaces. If you land on an orange space, simply follow the instructions. If you land on a blue space, you have the option of following the instructions, or ignoring them. Green spaces are "Pay Day" spaces. This means you receive the amount of money listed on your Salary card from the bank. Red spaces require that you stop on that space even if you have not finished your turn, and complete the instructions listed on the space. If you land on a space with the word LIFE printed on it, take a LIFE tile and place it in your pile.
7. Throughout the game there are spaces known as "Career" spaces. These spaces have the symbols of specific careers on the space, and give instructions, typically regarding how much money you must pay the person who holds that career card. If another player has that career card, pay them that amount specified. If you have the career card, pay nothing. If no one has that card, pay the bank.
8. There are several other spaces that require special instruction. If you land on a "Change Career" space during game play, you may draw one Career card at random as your new career. Don't forget that with a new career comes a new salary. Draw one salary card at random. When you land on a "Get Married," "Baby Girl" or "Baby Boy" space, add a person peg to your car. Finally, when you land on "Buy a House," select one house at random and pay the bank the amount listed on the card. If you do not have enough money, borrow from the bank.
9. When you reach the "Retirement" space at the end of the board, game play has come to an end for you. At this point, repay any loans you owe the bank, and place your Career, Salary and House cards out of play, as well as your insurance policies. If you believe you have more money than any other players, retire your car to Millionaire Estates. Otherwise, retire at Country Acres.
10. After each player has retired, all of the players who have retired to Millionaire Estates count their money. The person with the most money gets the four LIFE tiles that were placed there at the beginning of game play. All players then add up the amount of money they have in their LIFE tile pile, and add that amount to their cash value. The person with the most amount of money, combined, wins the game.

Tips & Warnings:

• You may buy car insurance for $10,000 (paid to the bank) at the beginning of your turn.
• After you own a home you may buy homeowner's insurance at the beginning of any of your turns. The amount you owe the bank for insurance is listed on your House card.
• You may buy Stock at the beginning of your turn for a total of $50,000 (paid to the bank). When another player spins your number, they then owe you $10,000.
•Note that any player who spins a 10 owes the player that holds the Police Officer card $10,000 -- but only if the police officer notices. This is called "speeding."

Credit to Milton Bradley for creating this wonderful board game.

Credit to Sethenstien for scanning and providing high-fidelity scans of the board and other assets.

The alternate 2002 version can be found here:
Popular Discussions View All (1)
Sep 9, 2020 @ 5:00am
Russian Version
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sandroluca Jun 12 @ 6:17pm 
ADRlAN1988 Mar 28 @ 8:10am 
I'm updating the German version and wanted to take over the wheel, but I can't take it over completely or copy it, only individual parts but then I can't put it together so that it works. How can I take over the wheel functionally?
KDee Oct 1, 2022 @ 3:58am 
nostalgic game. thanks author!
w00t May 25, 2022 @ 11:35am 
You're supposed to use the flick tool (F5) and flick one of the pegs I think, but it seems to have a pretty consistent speed every time so it tends to be kinda predictable. I'd recommend just using the 10-sided die for a more random selection instead.
Lesdormis Mar 31, 2022 @ 2:06am 
yep, how to roll the wheel?
Xfrost Jan 22, 2022 @ 9:31pm 
I have no idea how to roll the wheel???
Prism Paragon  [author] May 17, 2021 @ 4:40pm 
New major update: Reverted to the 1991 version with new high-res scans and new 3d models for the terrain and spinner.
Prism Paragon  [author] May 2, 2021 @ 2:56pm 
Update: Added version-appropriate (2002) cards.
Prism Paragon  [author] Apr 28, 2021 @ 2:43pm 
At some point Milton Bradley made a revision to the rules to bind salary cards to the chosen career, whereas previous versions made the player draw ANY random salary card. I don't have scans of the 2002 card fronts, but I'm working on coming up with some sort of solution.

Meanwhile I'd just ignore the rule change and draw a random salary card like before until I can source the 2002 cards.
theRedDevil_NL Apr 28, 2021 @ 10:02am 
Just tried this game for the first time. Could it be, that with the new scans you have a mis-match between the versions of game used for the board, vs the manual and cards?
IE; the icon for the artist is different on the cards than it is on the board. And the salary cards currently do not have any colours so it is hard to know whether they match a chosen career..