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The Monopoly Blog
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
What's Up?
Mood:  a-ok

Wow! I haven't updated this site for so long! I'll try to update more regularly more often.

Here's the only thing new in the Monopoly world:

East Longmeadow, Mass. -- What properties would appear on the MONOPOLY game board if America's most popular game were designed in the 'here and now'?

Would New York Ave. be replaced with New York’s Times Square? Instead of Illinois Ave., would the game board include a landmark from the state of Illinois? And would Rodeo Drive battle it out with the Golden Gate Bridge for the coveted ‘Boardwalk’ spot on the board?

Beginning April 24, 2006, Americans will get the chance to vote on which famous landmarks from America’s greatest destination cities should be included on the game board of the new MONOPOLY: HERE & NOW Edition. MONOPOLY fans can visit www.monopoly.com to cast their on-line ballots for legendary streets, neighborhoods and national monuments from 22 cities -- ranging from New York City to Honolulu -- that will be represented on the board.

Additionally, the votes will determine where each city’s selected landmark will appear on the game board, with the city generating the most on-line votes landing on the coveted spot traditionally occupied by Boardwalk.

"We encourage Monopoly fans to help create the look of our new game board by voting often at our website for their favorite landmarks," said Matt Collins, Vice President of Marketing for Hasbro. "Remember, elections are often won by a slim margin, so your vote could be the difference needed to land your favorite American city on a blue property space."

The on-line polls will be open April 24, 2006 until May 12, 2006 and the final results will be unveiled in late summer when the game arrives on store shelves. MONOPOLY fans may vote as often as once a day.

The updated game will also include inflated rents, contemporary game tokens, and airports replacing the railroads.

"For more than 70 years, Americans have enjoyed pretending to ‘own it all’ by purchasing Atlantic City, NJ streets," said Collins. "The new MONOPOLY: HERE & NOW Edition allows players to own it all in today’s world as they buy some of the most valuable and famous real estate in the country."

The cities that will be represented on the board include the following:
  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco
  • Boston
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Dallas
  • Atlanta
  • Seattle
  • Phoenix
  • Minneapolis / St. Paul
  • Miami
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Cleveland
  • St. Louis
  • Orlando
  • New Orleans
  • Las Vegas
  • Honolulu
  • Nashville
For a compete list of the landmark candidates for each city, visit www.monopoly.com.

Since 1935, more than 250 million copies of MONOPOLY have been sold in 80 countries and 26 languages. More than 200 different editions of the game have been published, but the most popular continues to be the classic "Number Nine." Affectionately known by its original product number, "Number Nine" is based on the streets of Atlantic City and is nearly identical to Charles Darrow's original submission to Parker Brothers. The MONOPOLY name and logo, the distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR. MONOPOLY name and the character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro for its proprety trading game and game equipment. © 2006 Hasbro, All Rights Reserved.

Hasbro is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.


Posted by only-monopoly at 4:39 PM PDT
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
Sorry I haven't Updated........
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: In a really, really long time.
Yeah, its been quite a few months since I last updated. I'm sorry, and will be updating the site soon.

Posted by only-monopoly at 7:19 PM PST
Friday, September 2, 2005
Monopoly Fun Facts
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: From Monopoly.com
All things MONOPOLY, from extraordinary games to its role in World War II.



Long games:

The longest MONOPOLY game ever played was 1,680 hours - that's 70 straight days!
Longest game in a bathtub: 99 hours
Longest game underwater: 45 days
Longest game played upside-down: 36 hours




The MONOPOLY game at War:
Escape maps, compasses, and files, were inserted into MONOPOLY game boards and smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during World War II. Real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of MONOPOLY money.


Outsiders and Insiders:

The largest outdoor game ever played used a gameboard 938 feet wide by 765 feet long. The MONOPOLY contest required approximately a full city block!
The largest indoor game ever played used a gameboard 122 feet by 122 feet in size.



Around the World:

An estimated 500 million players from around the globe have enjoyed the MONOPOLY game since its creation in 1935. The MONOPOLY game is published in 26 languages and available in 80 countries around the world.


A Building Boom:

The MONOPOLY game has to be the biggest builder in America! Who else manufactures a hundred million houses in a year?

The Bank:
PARKER BROTHERS prints about 50 billion dollars worth of MONOPOLY money in one year.

Ever wonder how much MONOPOLY money comes with a standard set? The total is $15,140.



Inflation?

Never heard of it. Values on the MONOPOLY gameboard are the same today as they were in 1935! (But the taxes changed in 1936.)



Parlez-vous MONOPOLY?

What do they call Boardwalk in?:

France? Rue de la Paix
Germany? Schlossallee
The Netherlands? Kalverstraat
The United Kingdom? Mayfair


Posted by only-monopoly at 3:25 PM PDT
Monday, August 29, 2005
"Everything I Know About Business I Learned from MONOPOLY"
Mood:  caffeinated
Now Playing: Monopoly Raving!
>"Everything I Know About Business I Learned from MONOPOLY"By Phil Orbanes

How do game designers approach their work? Perhaps in the same way that managers should. Here, the author, an expert in board-game design and the world's foremost authority on the MONOPOLY game, translates six tenets of game design into management principles. Three tenets focus on giving players the right level of structure. First, design simple and unambiguous rules: That also holds true in business; people engage most when responsibilities, objectives, and evaluation criteria are clear. Second, avoid frustrating the casual player. Just as not every game player aspires to be a grand master, not every employee wants to think like an executive. Third, establish a rhythm so that players know intuitively whether they are at the beginning, middle, or end of the game. Managers can also engineer such shifts of momentum and motivation for workers. Three more principles focus on providing entertainment. The most important is to tune into what's happening off the board. For many people, the real joy of a great game--or a great job--comes from the larger social experience surrounding it. Another key is to offer chances to come from behind. Even struggling employees want to believe, "The odds may be stacked against me, but just one great stroke and I'm right back in it." Finally, managers, like game designers, should provide outlets for latent talents. Games themselves can be useful in the workplace. Managers may come to appreciate that games succeed depending on how well designed they are--and that many design challenges have their equivalents in the art of management.

From Monopoly.com. Awesome, Orbanes!

Posted by only-monopoly at 12:15 PM PDT
Friday, August 26, 2005
Welcome To Only-Monopoly!
This is the Only-Monopoly blog, and I'm the Monopoly-addict. Welcome to the Blog!!! Here, I will post Monopoly news, cool fun facts and trivia, and Only-Monopoly website news. Check back weekly for the new article (its updated every Saturday!).

Posted by only-monopoly at 9:46 AM PDT

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