I noticed two new Monopoly board games on the Amazon site.
These are not computer games.
They have all new features that could become new boards on Jim Kitchen's
game if someone wants to do the board files.
Here is the first, and the world adition will be in the next message:
Monopoly Here & Now Limited Edition
The back of the box poses the question, "What would the Monopoly game be
like if it were invented today?" One could sum up most of the difference in
one word: inflation. If you're used to playing the traditional game, you
might feel a little woozy handling Monopoly money denominations that start
at $100 thousand and top out at $5 million. Players are no longer vying for
control of Atlantic city but now the entire U.S., from sea to shining sea.
Entry level properties like Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues, which sold for
$60 back in the day, have been replaced by Texas Stadium in Dallas and
Cleveland's Jacobs Field, each selling for $600,000. The most disturbing
piece of property for sale in this game is the White House--one can only
assume it's someone's subtle political humor. Railroads have been replaced
by airports like O'Hare and JFK. Utilities have been supplanted by cell
phone and Internet service. And, of course, the game pieces have all been
updated: laptop, cell phone, hybrid car, commuter coffee mug, jumbo jet,
super size fries. Gameplay, however, is still the same. The idea is to buy
properties, build houses and hotels, and charge other players rent when they
land on your land. Thankfully, transactions are still handled in cash and
not by some convoluted electronic banking scheme. There's a lot of changes
here that will make cynics and traditionalists sour. That's okay. The
original game is still available to them. What's interesting about this
edition is that it brings back a kind of jaw-dropping thrill--one that made
this game a household word in the middle of the Great Depression, when
people dreamt of becoming a millionaires. This game will let you dream of
becoming a billionaire. --
Monopoly: Here and Now Edition is a whole new twist on the classic property
trading game. Move around the board, collect money, and punish your siblings
financially as you have good clean family fun. This updated version includes
modern day rents and all-new contemporary game tokens and airports.
The four railroads are now airports, including LAX, JFK and Chicago's
Hot property includes Times Square in New York City, Boston's Fenway Park,
Las Vegas Blvd., Houston's Johnson Space Center, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry,
and Minneapolis' Mall of America!
New tokens include the Toyota Prius, New Balance Shoe, McDonald's French
Fries, LabraDoodle, Motorola RAZR Mobile Headset, and a Laptop Computer
The goal still remains the same: buy, sell and trade well-known U.S.
properties to win the game!
The 22 new properties salute America's greatest modern destinations from New
York City to Honolulu. For the first time ever, Monopoly fans helped design
the new board by voting on their favorite landmarks from selected cities.
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