Watch Out For New Monopoly Pieces!

Mar 28, 2017 By James H, Young Editor
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When stuck inside during a rainy day, what would you do? Play a board game, of course… right?

One of the most popular board games is Monopoly - a simple game where all you have to do is buy land and bankrupt your opponents (without getting yourself bankrupt beforehand, of course.)

Choose one of the eight tokens (battleship, hat, dog, car, thimble, boot, wheelbarrow, and the cat), and play your way to victory! But wait... these are the old tokens.

On World’s Monopoly Day (March 19), results of a public vote to select new tokens (or keep the existing ones) was announced. The thimble, boot, and wheelbarrow have all been voted out, and will be replaced by T-rex, penguin, and rubber ducky! 

History of Monopoly

In 1903, Elizabeth Magie, also known as Lizzie Magie, created the first version of Monopoly in Washington, D.C.

Magie wanted to convey her political views to the public, but could not reach enough people just by talking and teaching. She created the Landlord’s Game as a more interactive way to communicate how “land-grabbing” works, how factors can affect one’s success or failure, and how humankind has only one goal in life, to gain money and become rich.

This first version of Monopoly is similar to today’s version, as it had play money, properties for buying and selling, the circular game board, and most importantly, the iconic “Go to Jail.” Magie patented the game in 1903, and the game soon captured many people’s imaginations.

Charles Darrow was introduced to the Landlord’s Game at his friend’s house. He then created his own version, called it “Monopoly,” and sold the game to Parker Brothers. The newer version of Monopoly skyrocketed in popularity, selling millions of copies worldwide. Unfortunately, Magie was not recognized by Parker Brothers for creating the game, while Darrow became wildly successful. Hasbro, which owns Parker Brothers, now gives credit to both Magie and Darrow.

What Monopoly Teaches Us

An excellent get-together game for the whole family, Monopoly mainly teaches the concepts of personal finance.

First off, players have to budget their money as they buy properties, pay rent, or gain money from rent. The game teaches them to seize opportunities as soon as they have it. Buying the right property at the right time will certainly change a player’s advantage in the game. It also teaches the value of being patient and having a game plan. It is as important to know when to "pass" on buying a piece of property, or one could end up bankrupt.

Although Monopoly is played with the lucky roll of the dice, knowing how to use opportunities will turn the lucky roll into skillful play. Get ready to roar with the T-rex, squeak with the rubber ducky, and waddle with the penguin to victory in the new upcoming versions of Monopoly!