In my current Work in Progress, my hero and heroine enjoy playing games together. So I went looking for Victorian-era board games, and discovered this gem: The Mansion of Happiness.
Mansion of Happiness is a typical move-around-the-board game like we all know, but in classic Victorian style it was intended not just for fun (The Horror!) but to impart Puritan-style morals to young people. The game even uses a teetotum (spinner) because dice were associated with evil and the devil.
Players navigate a board full of vices and virtues as they try to make their way to the Mansion (aka heaven).
Some of the rules are hilarious:
WHOEVER arrives at the SUMMIT of DISSIPATION must go to RUIN.
WHOEVER gets into a PASSION must be taken to the water and have a ducking to cool him.
WHOEVER possesses AUDACITY, CRUELTY, IMMODESTY, or INGRATITUDE, must return to his former situation till his turn comes to spin again, and not even think of Happiness, much less partake of it.