Monopoly

After their recent release of Monopoly for Millenials, which had players buying experiences instead of property, their latest iteration of Monopoly seems aimed at the strike-it-rich generation who simply have the money … blasted at them.

“You get money! You get money! You get money! You get money! Everybody gets money!!!”

In Monopoly Cash Grab the bank is represented by a blaster gun which is loaded with $100 bills and Chance cards. Somebody then shoots the money and cards from the blaster and players rush to grab as much money and cards as possible. The Chance cards allow players to perform special abilities such as swopping money stacks with another player, or taking half a player’s money stack, or making all players pass their money stacks to the left. Once the blaster has fired all of its contents, the player with the most money wins. While the game supports 3-99 players, aged 8+, you may need to keep some riot gear ready if you try to play with too many players.

Monopoly Cash Grab is published by Hasbro and is currently available in select retail stores.

You didn’t read the title wrong, and no it isn’t April 1st, in a partnership with Games Workshop USAopoly will be releasing a Warhammer 40k themed Monopoly.  Most of the art, except most notably the corner spaces, has been changed to be more in line with Warhammer 40k’s art style, and the properties are all locations taken from the lore of the game.  Chance and Community Chest are replaced with Glory and Fate cards, and the player tokens are bits from six of the major factions in the game like a Space Marine helmet or an Ork Choppa.  Overall while everything is rethemed and renamed to fit into the grimdark future of Warhammer 40k, you are still playing Monopoly so keep that in mind.  Look for this on store shelves later this year, and you can check out the game on USAopoly’s website for more information.

NBC Nightly News released a 2 minute video clip (access may be limited by geographic location) in which their reporter, Peter Alexander, reports that sales of classic board games such as Monopoly, Operation, and The Game of Life was up by 10% in 2014. This does not take into account hobby games growth during that time. They note that more people are taking a break from their digital devices to spend time with people by playing board games.

Mr. Alexander visits Game Haus Cafe in Glendale, California, a board game cafe where patrons pay $5 to have access to over 900 different board games. He notes that similar cafes are popping up nationwide (in the USA).

“It may sound like child’s play but board games are back, big time. Some might even say this is a golden age of games.”

Sales are up 10% from last year and the industry now garners 1.5 billion Dollars. Monopoly sales are up 15%, Operation is up by 40%, and The Game of life is up 45%. Hasbro’s factory in Massachusetts pumps out more than 27 million games a year and 29 trillion Dollars in play money. The top 9 best selling games in the country were produced by Hasbro.

Towards the latter half of the video they highlight hobby games and the variety it adds for consumers to choose from. They also highlight the Tabletop web series and the 500 000 strong audience per episode it garners.

The video can be seen at the NBC News website.

Hasbro and Nintendo have teamed up to create a followup to last year’s Monopoly Gamer, Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart Edition. 2-4 players will race as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach or Toad, collecting coins, avoiding banana peels, tossing turtle shells, and generally causing chaos along the board. Mario Kart Edition still has the Nintendo themed properties and character special abilities of the original, but now includes a special Grand Prix Race when players pass or land on “Go”. Additional characters will be available later this fall in Power Packs, and will include the favorites Bowser, Rosalina, Shy Guy, Metal Mario, Donkey Kong and Yoshi.

Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart Edition is available now at GameStop Stores, and will be available at most other retailers in June.

Hasbro has announced a new version of Monopoly coming later this year that will allow players to do what apparently nearly half of them have been doing anyway: cheat.

Monopoly: Cheater’s Edition will encourage players to cheat by having “Cheat” cards in the middle of the board, with cheating goals for players to attempt. If you succeed, you will be rewarded. If you get caught, though, there will be penalties!

These cheat cards will ask players to do everything from taking extra money from the bank to “accidentally” putting a hotel on one of their properties. If caught, they may have to hand over money to another player, or to the bank, or even go to Jail (and put on the plastic handcuff that also comes with the game and is attached to the Jail).

The object of the game is still to be the player with the most money, but now players have other ways to achieve that end.

Cheat cards are not the only changes in this version of the game, though. Some of the spaces on the board are different than they are in standard Monopoly. For example, Pennsylvania Avenue is free. Some other properties have reduced prices.

“‘A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games, so in 2018, we decided it was time to give fans what they’ve been craving all along – a Monopoly game that actually encourages cheating,’ Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of Hasbro gaming tells INSIDER.”

Will Monopoly cheaters find the game as fun now that they’re being encouraged to do so?

We’ll find out later this year when Monopoly: Cheaters Edition is released.

For more information, check the Insider post.

I wouldn’t say Monopoly is the epitome of board games, but it is the game that everyone outside of the hobby thinks of when you say board games.  Monopoly also has a long history of being “house ruled” (ie money under free parking anyone?).

“The cheating has gone on too long! With nearly one out of every two MONOPOLY players bending – or breaking – the rules, we knew it was time to put an end to the cheating, and what better way to reach our fans than by leveraging the innovative Facebook Messenger technology,” said Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of marketing for Hasbro Gaming. “With MONOPOLY CheatBot, we’re empowering fans to ‘report’ their family and friends for corrupt and questionable game play – with customized consequences to hopefully end MONOPOLY feuds for good.”

However, according to a recent study of nearly 2,000 players, it also has a history of cheating.  In the study nearly half of all the players confessed to have cheated at the game in order to win, and Mr. Monopoly just can’t have that.  So starting January 16th through February 16th, you can hop on Facebook Messenger and directly message the Monopoly CheatBot and he will dole out punishments and settle disputes in real time.  So cheaters beware, Mr. Monopoly isn’t going to play nicely with those who cheat.  You can head on over to the Monopoly Facebook page for more info and to message the Cheatbot.x

The 2017 entries into the National Toy Hall of Fame have been announced, and Clue is the latest board board game to receive the award. The other 2017 entries include Paper Airplanes and the Wiffle Ball.

In 1943 pianist Anthony Pratt and his wife Elva Pratt developed a board game version of the fancy murder mystery parties that were popular between the two world wars. In their new game, Cluedo, players move around a board to eliminate possible locations, weapons and murderers to answer the questions of who the killer was, what room was used, and what the weapon was.

In 1947 the Pratt family was given a patent but post-war shortages of material made production impossible. Once material starting becoming readily available Waddington’s Games in London published the game as Cluedo in 1949, and Parker Brothers released Clue the same year.

From the National Toy Hall of Fame announcement:

Americans in the 1950s loved mysteries, whether encountered in Agatha Christie novels or Alfred Hitchcock films. And designers gave Clue an appropriately puzzling mansion, Boddy Manor, with many rooms in which to commit murder. The aptly-named victim, Mr. Boddy, is surrounded by the familiar, suspicious manor guests. Was it Miss Scarlet with the rope? Is Mrs. Peacock hiding the lead pipe? Does Colonel Mustard carry a revolver? And what is it with Professor Plum? With a fixed number of potential murderers, weapons, and locations, Clue offers 324 different murder scenario combinations—so the game plays differently nearly every time. Clue’s enjoyable, repeatable play ensured its success during the years since its introduction. It remains one of the 10 best-selling games.

Previous notable board games to be inducted include:

Monopoly was introduced in the inaugural class of 1998.

The Strong

The Strong, located in Rochester New York,  is an  interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It houses the world’s largest collection of historical play material and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and the American Journal of Play. Each year new toys, including board games, are introduced into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Hasbro and Nintendo have joined together to create Monopoly Gamer, a new version of Monopoly starring Nintendo characters, and adding new gameplay. The goal has shifted from money to points, and players gain points for doing a variety of things, including collecting coins, winning boss fights and buying up properties. Players also get to roll a custom power-up die during movement, adding Mario Kart like special powers, such as throwing shells at the player ahead. The game comes with pre-painted figures for Mario, Donkey Kong, Princess Peach and Yoshi, each of which gets their own unique power up ability. Additional characters will be available for sale in Monopoly Gamer Power Pack expansions.

Monopoly Gamer and the Power Packs will be available August 2017. You can visit Hasbro’s website and read the full press release here.

The new game pieces for Monopoly have finally been revealed, after a 4.3 million people voted on their most and least favorite pieces. In addition to losing the thimble, the wheelbarrow and the boot, Hasbro has added (drum roll please)…

The T-Rex, the Rubber Duckie, and the Penguin. It seems that there was a bird theme to the new picks. People should be relieved that the Scottie Dog, the Cat, Top Hat, Race Car and Battleship will be returning. Hasbro has been using the voting process to publicize the new Token Madness Monopoly, which includes 16 total tokens.

Say it ain’t so!  The iconic Thimble token is going to be removed from Monopoly!?  What would seem to be the most popular and referenced player token will no longer be included in the game after more than 4 million votes from fans around the world participated in the Monopoly Token Madness campaign.

Despite being an integral part of day-to-day life when the token was originally added to the game in 1935, the lucky Thimble has lost its ‘shine’ with today’s fans, and will be retired from the game. 

Hasbro will reveal the final voting results on World Monopoly Day, March 19. The eight fan-picked Monopoly tokens will be updated in the Monopoly game hitting shelves this August.

Hasbro held the Monopoly Token Madness Campaign from January 10 through January 31, and during that time, the Thimble token did not earn enough votes to make it into the top 8. Fans can visit Facebook.com/Monopoly, @HasbroNews on Twitter and @Hasbro on Instagram (#MonopolyVote) to say “sew long” to the Thimble token, and continue to show their support for the other 63 contenders vying for a spot in the next generation of the game!