Monopoly

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!

Dutch University students created the world’s largest playable board of monopoly, officially recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records. The board, completely to scale, covered 900 square meters (almost a quarter acre), approximately 30 meters (about 100 ft) on a side. Constructed in an athletic field, the game was built from 804 individual panels. The students played the game after completion, complete with giant dice, huge hotels and even a live dog as a playing piece.

Hasbro is doing something special this year for Monopoly, and that is they are holding a vote until the end of the month for the eight tokens that will be included in the next edition of the game.  You can head over to VoteMonopoly.com and vote for the eight you like best out of the 50+ possible choices including such things as emojis, bunny slippers, a T-rex, and more.  The classic eight will be in there as well so you you are of the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mindset you can vote for those, or you can choose eight completely new ones if you like change.  The winners will be announced on World Monopoly day on the 19th of March with the updated game hitting store shelves in August.

What are you waiting for?  Go Vote!!

Image from Variety.com

Image from Variety.com

That’s right!  Hasbro has entered into a partnership with the Araca Group, a Broadway theatrical production and brand management company, to create a series of projects for the stage and beyond the first of which will be Monopoly, the Musical!

Like a Hollywood actor wanting to prove himself, Hasbro is stepping beyond their toys & games, as well as, the big screen world of Transformers, G.I. Joe, etc. and onto a live Broadway stage.  Their new partner, the Araca Group, is no newcomer to the business having been previously involved in the production of such Broadway hits as Disgraced, Wicked, A Raisin in the Sun, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among many others.  According to the exclusive obtained by Variety, “A merchandise deal for “Magic: The Gathering” first brought Araca into contact with Hasbro, after which the two companies began to discuss the potential for collaborating on stage work.”

In addition to the Monopoly project which is still several years away, we can expect even more collaboration between between Hasbro and Araca that is expected to delve into many different markets ranging from theater to amusement parks to cruises.  All indications are that Hasbro is making a big move to get its name out there as much more than just a toy company.

For more information, read the full article from Variety by clicking <here>.

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Adding to a growing list of popular licensed games USAopoly will be releasing new versions of Monopoly, Yahtzee, and Jenga in July.

Monopoly: Attack on Titan:

Inspired by anime series Attack on Titan, this game features people, banners and events on the board, replacing the usual location themed spaces. This game also includes Command and Tactics instead of Community Chest and Chance cards, and custom Wall Sections and Gate Marias replace houses and hotels. Six collectible tokens include Sword, Key Necklace, Supply Wagon, Cannon, Flare Gun, and Omni-Direction Mobility Gear.

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Yahtzee: Ghostbusters: Slimer

This version of Yahtzee will feature custom green dice displaying Ghostbuster items Ecto-1, Proton Pack, Trap, PKE Meter, Goggles, and Ghostbusters Logo. The set also will include a Slimer shaped dice shaker cup, custom score pad and pencil.

Yahtzee: Fallout: Vault Boy

This Fallout edition of Yahtzee will include dice with six factions from Fallout 4: Railroad, Vault-Tech, Minute Men, Atom Cats, Brotherhood, and Institute. Also included is a Dice cup shaped like the head of the Vault Boy, custom score pad and pencil.

Jenga: The Walking Dead

This edition contains 54 wood blocks. With a twist on classic Jenga, printed on the blocks are specific tasks the players must complete. There is also space for player created custom actions.

Image from http://www.skynews.com.au/

Image from http://www.skynews.com.au/

This is the second game that I have heard about that has had this kind of record set. The first was Catan, at the Spiel fair in 2015, and this time it’s Universal Studios in Singapore with Monopoly.  A record was set in the UK at 585 people back in December of 2015, but this year in Singapore they pulled together 605 people ages 8 and older to play at least 30 minutes in a game at the same time.  This was all in response to World Monopoly Day (that’s a thing apparently) so maybe next year they will go even higher.  You can read the full story on the Sky News site.

Gear Patrol has published an article offering up a brief list of board games for the holiday season “that have gotten great reviews, but aren’t as financially successful as the old classics [like Monopoly, The Game of Life and Risk].”  One of the games mentioned in this list was One Night Ultimate Werewolf, with a few comments by its designer, Ted Alspach.

When asked about the old family classics like Monopoly, Alspach offered to explain why those older games are still so prevalent and games published in the last ten years come nowhere close.  “They put a lot of money into those brands to put them on the shelves. Hasbro continues to market them, and they spend more money than any other board game company…If we got to reset right now, those games wouldn’t exist without the history and the marketing.”

It is because of the strong presence of these classic games and the fact that most people already know how to play them that makes them the usual go-to games for the holidays.  However, the article suggests a new lineup of options in various categories, with alternate suggestions for each:

  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak

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  • A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition

  • Fire in the Lake

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  • Terra

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  • Splendor

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  • Dixit

  • Coconuts

Each of the above-mentioned games brings with it a similar, alternate suggestion, such as Star Wars: Armada in place of Fire in the Lake.

To read the article in full, visit the Gear Patrol website here.

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Business Insider published an article this week announcing a new movie in the works…and with this title for the article:

If you weren’t convinced Hollywood has run out of ideas — here’s your proof.

It appears that Hasbro and Lionsgate are joining forces to bring to captivated audiences everywhere the latest film based on a board game intellectual property–arguably, THE board game IP.

In summary, here is the plot of the Monopoly Movie:

The story centers on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune, taking him on a fun, adventure-filled journey. It’s about making your own luck, what makes you truly rich and, of course, avoiding Jail time!

The movie concept has been discussed since 2008, and now it appears that Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show”) will be handling the screenplay.  No release date has yet been announced for the film.

It could be hoped that if we are to have a movie based on the famous Monopoly board game, they can deliver a cinematic delight at least on par with the classic “Clue” movie.

We shall see.

For the official press release, click here.

So we all know that Charles Darrow invented the iconic game of Monopoly back during the Great Depression, which later became a household staple.

But have we heard the whole story?

A recent article in Business Insider called Hardly Anyone Realizes the Classic Board Game Monopoly Started as an Early Feminist’s Attack on Capitalism discusses the lesser-known story of a woman named Elizabeth “Lizzie” Magie, a suffragist, Georgist, and daughter of an abolitionist.  Magie desired to reveal to society the evils of land-grabbing by showing them how it works.  She decided to accomplish this through a game called The Landlord’s Game, patented in 1904, which allowed players to play with either anti-monopolist rules or monopolist rules.

Although the game was very popular, due to difficulty is mass-production, the game became circulated mostly as a folk game, in which the rules changed throughout its circulation.  By the time Magie repatented the game in 1924, the game had mostly settled into its new identity, in which players primarily played as land-grabbing monopolists (as it was much more fun to be the monopolists than the anti-monopolists, after all).

The game was extremely popular with the Quakers in Atlantic City, and before long, a man named Charles Darrow played the game with some friends…

Interested is reading more?  Visit the full article at business insider.com.