1966 LSD (Ludicrous Systems Development) Game in Original Box

1966 LSD (Ludicrous Systems Development) Game in Original Box

At the height of the psychedelic drug craze in 1966 the American Publishing Corporation released this game. Called "LSD", or "Ludicrous Systems Development, a psychedelic happening construction kit", it's reference to the popular counter culture drug lysergic acid diethylamide was clear.

In fact, it was too clear. It quickly became the game of choice for many, and was just as quickly taken off the market. Of course this meant instant cult status. During the later half of the 1960's this was THE game to own, if you could find it. This is the only complete example I've found in its original box since I had first heard about it in 1973. 

This is a game, or kit as it was called, with no instructions, no winner, no loser, and no time limit. It consists of 20 thick, glossy laminated, heavy cardboard interlocking cards, each 4" x 6". They can be stacked vertically or horizontally. They each have a black and white illustration on one side and a color print on the other. There is no specific top or bottom although the colored side tends to suggest "up" while the black and white illustrations suggest "down".

The objective? There isn't any. There weren't enough cards of any single subject, sufficient to complete a puzzle or anything with a purpose to it. The idea was just to put together whacked out colors and drawings in any position you felt like and that's why it was so popular. The first illustration below beautifully represents the silliness of the whole thing. 

It comes complete with all 20 cards, all three original cardboard inserts, original lid with color print and bottom. 

Size: 6¼" x 11¼" x 1½". 

Sold: Aug. 2005

Price Sold: $ 150


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