Remember Monopoly, the family classic board game? We could say that Monopoly is probably one of the best board games out there if it wasn’t for its ‘ability’ to break friendships and make everyone scream at each other. However, it remains one of the classics, lighting up those Saturday evening parties since the early ‘30s.
The first version of Monopoly was published in 1935 by the Parker Brothers under the name of ‘The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game’ (not the catchiest name, but then again, Monopoly was more than a name).
However, the story of Monopoly goes back to the beginning of the 20th century. Peculiar enough, the idea which led to the creation of the game which we know as Monopoly started in 1903, when Elizabeth J. Maggie Phillips, an anti-monopolist sought a constructive and fun way to explain Henry George’s theory regarding the single tax. A year later, Phillips managed to obtain a patent of the game.
In 1906, Maggie managed to find a publisher for her ingenious game, which she named ‘The Landlord’s Game.’ What we know today as Monopoly, is actually a game variation devised by the Parker Brother in 1933, based on Maggie’s original concept.
Since the game was published in the ‘30s, it has been translated into 37 languages and commercialized in more than 100 countries.
And now, after 83 years, the game will undergo another makeover, the last one being in early 2013, when Hasbro, Monopoly’s owner, decided to replace the iconic iron token with a cute cat. The company is again making an appeal to the community.
The Monopoly community will have the tough choice of deciding how the game’s new token will look like. Although the company will preserve the time-honored Monopoly pieces, it has designed over 50 new ones.
So, how does this work? It’s quite easy. Head over to Monopoly’s official website chose a piece from the gallery, and cast your vote. Some of the funniest pieces to replace the old tokens are the bunny slipper, a sailboat, an airplane, a bicycle, a train, and a horse.
Of course, the gallery does not lack unusual exhibits such as a slice of bread or the popular emoji faces. There are plenty of stuff to choose from, so take your time, but not too long, because the voting will end on the 31st of January. Have fun!
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