Saturday, 6 February 2016

Happy Birthday Monopoly!

It's Monopoly's 81st Birthday today (06/02/2016)

The game originated in 1903 and was made to demonstrate that an economy that which rewards wealth creation is better than one in which monopolists work under few constraints

The current version was first pubished in 1935 and has gone on to be locally licensed in more than 103 countries and printed in more than 37 languages

It's had countless licenses attached to it, including The Simpsons, different football teams both in the UK and US, Nightmare Before Christmas and Star Wars

The game also has had variations on the normal rules including a version that deals with electronic banking and bank cards, a kids version to make the game easier and a new round variation in the new Star Wars set

I take a look at some of my favourite and least favourite things associated with the game

Favourite Spot On The Board

Any spot past Go--->

Go is a wonderful spot on the board, but you don't get that much needed kerching until you go past it

So if you land on it you don't get your money until you roll again, but if you ever roll a 4 from Go--->, you know you're fucked because...

Least Favourite Spot On The Board

Income Tax

You were full of hope when you passed Go...

You wanted that money, you needed that money otherwise you would be broke and couldn't afford another go around the money sucking board

But you rolled a 4 and landed on Income Tax

Sucks to be you...

Favourite Token

The Race Car

So people that know me would say "Why haven't you chosen the cat? And why are we playing this game when you don't like it that much?"

Well I say to them the race car is an excellent piece to show off just how rich you are which is the aim of the game, plus you get to make car vrooooooooom noises as you move your piece around the board

It's based on the Kurtis Kraft Midget racer

How else would you move around to the various areas that you need to buy?

The characters in the licensed games make more sense, because you are playing as them and could imagine them in any vehicle or just walking on their own

But an Iron?

Fuck no

And to the second point, Monopoly is one of those games that gets annoying for just how long it is

But you've gotta get in that Monopoly fix every so often

Least Favourite Token

The Fucking Iron

Fuck that piece

Favourite Community Chest Card

Come 2nd in a Beauty Contest

I just love the absurdity of this card, and the fact you didn't even come 1st just makes it funnier

Least Favourite Community Chest Card

Go Directly to Jail

It's been going quite well for you

  • You've bought all the train stations
  • Got both the power plant AND the water plant
  • Got both super properties just before go

But then you get fucked over by drawing this card

You were too greedy, and got your comeuppance and had to go to Jail

Favourite Licensed Version

Pokémon Kanto Edition

This edition replaces the property with Pokémon

The playing pieces with the starters of Pokémon Red and Blue and fan favourites in Gen 1

  • Squirtle
  • Charmander
  • Bulbasaur
  • Jigglypuff
  • Eevee
  • and Pikachu

and the usual stations with different Pokéballs which is a nice touch

Least Favourite Licensed Version

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror

I got this through Facebook and its local area bargains page

First of all the board was made of a really cheap thin cardboard, not the normal luxuriant kind you associate the game with

The playing tokens, while they were glow in the dark and were pretty good picks from the shows Horror history, were made of a cheap plastic instead of the normal pewter

And the cards were printed on one sheets and had to be separated rather than coming in their own decks

Although you could probably forgive one of these, having all of them together added up to one huge disappointment

So what's YOUR favourite and least favourite things about Monopoly?

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