Updated: Dec 29, 2022
Progress Card Game
(The twin Plum and Purple packs were released at the same time and are not separate editions)
First Published: 1938, Pepys Series by Castell Brothers Ltd. , Bridewell Place, London & North Wallace Street, Glasgow
Illustrator or Designer: Not credited but after John Bunyan
Contents: 53 Cards, Rules Booklet + Story Résumé Booklet
Progress cards: John Bunyan, Bedford Gaol, Christian Sets Out On His journey, Meeting Evangelist, The Slough of Despond, Christian Solitary, Mr Worldy Wiseman, The Wicket Gate, The Narrow Way.
Progress cards: The House of Interpreter, A Stately Palace, The Man With A Book, The Entry To The Palace, The Iron Cage, At The Cross, Three Shining Ones, Hill Difficulty, Lions In The Way.
Progress cards: Christian Given Lodging, Immanuel’s Land, Valley of Humiliation, Christian Defeats Appollyon, Christian Gives Thanks, Valley Of The Shadow, The Mouth Of Hell, A Region Of Torment, Day Dawn.
Progress cards: Faithful Joins Christian, Nearing Vanity Fair, Beelzebub - Lord Of Vanity Fair, Vanity Fair, The Pilgrims Buffeted, The Trial, Death of Faithful, Faithful’s Chariot, Christian And Hopeful.
Progress cards: Lot’s Wife, By-Path Meadow, Vain Confidence Falls, In Deep Water, Caught By Giant Despair, In Doubting Castle, The Escape, The Delectable Mountains, A By-Way To Hell.
Progress cards: Beulah Land, Men In Gold Raiment, On The Brink Of The River, Christian In Danger Of Sinking, Celestial Music, Entering The City, Put By The Curtains.
The game is based on John Bunyan's 1678 allegorical story, The Pilgrim's Progress, one of the fundamental texts of English Literature. By 1938, when the Pepys game was released, it was calculated that 1,300 editions of the book had already been published.
Pilgrim's Progress is referenced in numerous works by writers including: Louisa May Alcott, Enid Blyton, Charlotte Brontë , John Buchan, Ellen and William Craft, E. E. Cummings, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hannah Hurnard, C. S. Lewis, Alan Moore, Sir Walter Scott, Wole Soyinka, John Steinbeck, William Makepeace Thackeray, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Henry Williamson and Marguerite Young.
The story has been filmed, animated, adapted as a TV series, a radio series, a play, an opera, a couple of rock/pop albums, illustrated, painted, turned into a Panorama, reimagined, inspired a manga comic and a video game, a hymn and even an episode of Family Guy.
It is the first book or story ever to end with the now familiar device: "So I awoke, and behold it was a dream." The book also gives us many common phrases including the Slough of Despair and Vanity Fair.
Pilgrim's Progress the book, is widely available in print and online in various free and paid for formats.
The illustrator is not credited but Rex Pitts wrote that it was the same unknown artist who had illustrated Belisha, Pepys, The Story of The Company and its Games 4th Ed.p5.
Both Belisha and Progress were issued at the same time and were advertised together.
The twin Plum and Purple packs and boxes of Progress were released at the same time and are not separate editions
Game & Version Details
Progress - Open Box with Sealed Pack, Plum
Progress - Sealed Pack
Progress - Open Box with Plum Pack
Progress - Open Box with Purple Pack
Progress - Box Base
Progress - Card Back Plum
Progress - Card Back Purple
Progress Rules - Front Cover Plum
Progress Rules - Back Cover Plum
Jack of All Trades
Progress Résumé Booklet - Front Cover Plum
Progress Résumé Booklet - Back Cover Plum
Jack of All Trades
Progress Rules - Front Cover Purple
Progress Résumé Booklet - Front Cover Purple