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Vegetable Thieves

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In Vegetable Thieves (2010), an original board game by Cally Trench, rival thieves try to steal beds of vegetables from an allotment and load them onto their lorries while taking potshots at their competitors. Players are sometimes presented with a choice between theft and attempted murder, and most players make their choices without compassion, playing to win. Only once has a player objected to the rules of the game; on one occasion, a child of four or five asked if we could just steal the vegetables and not shoot each other. I agreed. The violent and illegal nature of the actions in the game contrasts with the beauty of the drawings on the board, which are uncovered as the beds of vegetables are taken away.

Vegetable Thieves by Cally Trench
Vegetable Thieves by Cally Trench

Cally Trench, Vegetable Thieves
in The Effort Presents a Puzzle
at The Windmill Brixton (10th July 2011)
Photograph: Cally Trench

Vegetable Thieves by Cally Trench

Cally Trench, Vegetable Thieves
in At Play 2012 at New Ashgate Gallery,
Farnham Photograph: Cally Trench

Vegetable Thieves by Cally Trench

Cally Trench, Vegetable Thieves in Floraphilia
Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow
(1st September 2012) Photograph: Philip Lee

Board games by Cally Trench

Cally Trench, Vegetable Thieves in In Dialogue, Primary,
Nottingham (4th October 2014) Photograph: Cally Trench

Board games by Cally Trench

Cally Trench, Vegetable Thieves
at OVADA Stammtisch, Joe Perks & Co., Oxford
(24th November 2016) Photograph: Cally Trench

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