Piłsudski board game teaches history through ‘knowledge and cunning’

The game requires cunning as well as knowledge in order to score points that allow players to move across the board’s ‘points of glory.’ Rafał Rudnicki/Facebook

A board game themed around a visit to the north-eastern Polish city of Białystok by inter-war independence hero Marshal Józef Piłsudski has been created by the city’s Ludwik Zamenhof Centre.

The players’ task is to organise the city visit, during which Piłsudski was made Białystok’s first honorary citizen, as a result of which they learn about history and score points.

The game recalls the events that took place on August 21, 1921, when Marshal Piłsudski visited Białystok, attended a match on Traugutta Street and later received the honorary citizen distinction at the town hall on Warszawska Street.bialystoksubiektywnie.com

The game, titled ‘Honorary Citizen’ (Honorowy Obywatel) commemorates Białystok’s first honorary citizen, city mayor Rafał Rudnicki explained.

He said: “This game in a certain way recalls the events that took place on August 21, 1921, when Marshal Józef Piłsudski came to Białystok, attended a match on Traugutta Street and later received the honorary citizen distinction at the town hall on Warszawska Street.”

There are 12 points on the visit’s agenda to organise. Each player takes a card which gives them events to organise or take part in, thereby learning about history.bok.bialystok.pl

He added that the game requires an element of cunning as well as knowledge in order to score points that allow players to move across the board’s ‘points of glory.’

In his assessment, it is a good way to learn history through playing and to gain knowledge about the events.

Piłsudski is considered the father of the Second Polish Republic which was re-established in 1918 at the end of WWI, 123 years after the final partition of Poland by Austria, Prussia and Russia in 1795.

Piłsudski was made First Marshal of Poland in March 1920.Public domain

In the new board game, there are 12 points on the visit’s agenda to organise. Each player takes a card which gives them events to organise or take part in, thereby learning about history.