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14 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Playing Clue (Board Game)

Last Updated on January 25, 2024 by Gamesver Team and JC Franco

We already know that Clue is a classic mystery board game that is fun to play. But did you know that you can also learn life lessons by playing this classic board game? Clue isn’t just a game about murder and whodunnit; there are actual valuable life lessons to be learned from it.

Every failure or success in the Clue board game can be a life lesson if you are open and willing to learn. For example, being first in line doesn’t mean you are successful. The path to success is through determination and logic. Even if you fail, life goes on. Let’s examine them more closely.

1. Being First In Line Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Success

More often than not, many people would prefer to play as Miss Scarlet. She is young and attractive, but she is also portrayed as being cunning. And, as all players know, Miss Scarlet is always the first one to play. 

However, being the first to play doesn’t necessarily mean that you will win the game, and this is true in life as well. Being first in class, or in life in general, doesn’t guarantee a successful outcome. 

2. Logic Gets You From Point A To B

While playing Clue, every decision you make will determine the outcome of the board game. This is true for every decision you make in life. If you can calmly work a problem out with logic and determination, you will be able to move from point A to B in life. Your outcome is also the combination of outcomes of every decision you’re made up to that point.

As Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” 

3. My Path To Success Is Through Determination

The best outcome in life is through every decision that you make. You will face obstacles in your life, and it is up to you how you will let those obstacles affect the outcome. Having determination will help you to be successful in the game of Clue since it will improve your focus on the cards you have at hand.

Similarly, having a more determined outlook on life makes it easier to handle those difficult situations. Making emotional decisions will often ruin your life view.

4. Life Goes On After Failure

One of the best life lessons you can learn from playing Clue and other board games is that failure is inevitable. There are games that you will lose. This is the case with everything in life; there is a failure in so many of the choices that we make, but in every loss, there can also be a success.

How will you stand up after the failure? Will you stand up with determination and live to fight another day?

5. Sharing Is Caring

There is a saying that goes, “sharing is caring.” We can learn and teach this life lesson to our children while playing Clue. Not only are you sharing your quality time with your loved ones, but you are also playing the game by sharing information, and when the correct information is shared, the game is won.

6. ‘The Sun Comes Out For Everyone’

No matter where you start on the board of Clue or any other board game, being the first or the last doesn’t determine if you will be the winner or the loser of the game.

This is also how it works in real life with the choices we make. One of the best life lessons that you can learn is to know that you have similar opportunities in life as Anthony E. Pratt, the man who designed Clue. His legacy is not that he died a rich old man but that he will forever be remembered in the history of Clue.

7. You Are Not Lucky; You Have To Work For What You Want

Though there is a factor of luck in the game of Clue, you and only you can choose how successful you are in the game. The same is true of life. Winning at the Lottery or the casino may be luck, but keeping those winnings, or succeeding even if you don’t win, is a decision that only you can make and have to work for.

For every success story, there is also a story of failure and determination. All of us have to work for what we want in life. To have a wonderful relationship, to love someone, to be successful at work, or to own a successful business, all of the things that we desire in life take hard work, effort, and determination.

8. How To Be A Winner

Winning is a part of Clue’s structure. There will always be a winner. That is inevitable; it is the intended outcome of the game. It is the goal that you set out to achieve, and if you play correctly, you will be the winner.

And just as you have learned to be a winner in the right circumstances, so you must also learn how to be the best version of yourself when the outcome isn’t winning but losing.

9. How To Be A Loser

We have all learned from early on that there are situations in life that don’t go as planned. You’ve set goals and learned what you needed to know, but things can happen that make you lose focus. This is usually when we lose.

In these times, we know that we must get up and do it again. Just as there will be another Clue game, we know that there will be another opportunity in life to try and succeed as well. You didn’t just get up and walk one morning. It took repeated tries and encouragement. But look at you now! All upright and walking around like a pro! 

10. Patience Is A Virtue

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “To lose patience is to lose the battle.” This is also true when you’re playing Clue and one of the most genuine life lessons that you will ever learn. You must play Clue patiently until you get all the clues you need, and similarly, we need to be patient in life without getting frustrated and angry with whatever we are facing. 

11. Don’t Take Offense

It’s easy to get offended when you’re playing a game like Clue with other players. Some people just don’t play well with others. These people can easily ruin the fun for others and will often simply refuse to play certain games ever again in their lives. Unfortunately, offense is just as much a part of everyday life and can have equally disastrous consequences.

There is a saying that offense is taken, not given. We all have different opinions, values, and ways of achieving our goals. If you find yourself in a situation where there are disagreements, taking offense will only aggravate the situation. Remain calm; understand that it is your choice to be offended or to let it go. Letting go is always the better option.

12. To Be Angry, Or Not To Be Angry

Anger is another unfortunate part of life. You will have multiple opportunities to get angry every day. You can get angry when you lose your seventh Clue game in a row, but this will only cause you to stop playing or make others refuse to play with you anymore. 

Do we let anger affect tomorrow, or do we know that tomorrow is another day and a new opportunity? We also know that anger is a choice. We can either choose to be angry and stay angry or to move on and look on the bright side of life.

13. Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Laughter is inevitable while playing Clue; at least, it will be if you are playing with a fun crowd. We all know that laughter is an excellent anti-stress measure. Try to find laughter everywhere you go, not just in Clue. When things look dark, and it seems like there’s no hope, laugh. You will feel better instantly.

14. Be Kind To One Another

Playing games with other people requires you to be kind. Allow the other player also to win. Help someone who’s struggling with the game. Similarly, there should be kindness in everything that we do each day. Where would we be without compassion in our homes? Who would we be without kindness in our lives?


You can learn many life lessons from playing Clue, but it is up to you how you will apply these life lessons. There are always some life lessons that are easier to learn and adopt into our lives. Start with those and work from there, but always seek to understand more in everything you do, even while playing Clue.

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This article was co-authored by our team of in-house and freelance writers, and reviewed by our editors, who enjoy sharing their knowledge about their favorite games with others!

JC Franco
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JC Franco serves as a New York-based editor for Gamesver. His interest for board games centers around chess, a pursuit he began in elementary school at the age of 9. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Mercyhurst University, JC brings a blend of business acumen and creative insight to his role. Beyond his editorial endeavors, he is a certified USPTA professional, imparting his knowledge in tennis to enthusiasts across the New York City Metropolitan area.