Monopoly Reveals New Game Tokens

(PCM) The results of the online poll have been tallied and Hasbro has revealed three new game tokens will be introduced to their classic Monopoly board game. This news means that we have lost three classic tokens as well.

The wheelbarrow, boot and thimble tokens will now be replaced with a T-Rex, rubber ducky and penguin token in all future versions of the game. In a press release announcing the new tokens Hasbro says, “Fans across the globe have spoken, and the eight tokens set to ‘pass GO’ in the next generation of the Monopoly game are the Scottie dog, top hat, car, battleship, cat, T-Rex, rubber ducky and penguin tokens”.

There was an insane amount of voters who took part in the online poll, as there are Monopoly fans young and old all over the globe and over 4.3 million people voted in the “Token Madness” campaign. Hasbro went on to say, “The next generation of tokens clearly represents the interests of our fans around the world and we’re proud to have our iconic game impacted by the people that feel most passionate about playing it.”

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Monopoly Bids Farewell To One Of It’s Iconic Tokens

(PCM) The results from a massive online poll of Monopoly fans has been received and it has been revealed that the famous Hasbro board game will be losing it’s iconic thimble game play token moving forward, as it is being permanently removed from the game.

Over four million people voted in what the company called the “Monopoly Token Madness” campaign during which Hasbro decided to allow game players to decide which eight game play tokens should be part of the games next generation. The voters were given over 50 options of various tokens to cast their vote including a T-Rex and a rubber ducky, as well as, the tried and true classic game play tokens such as the top hat, Scottie dog and shoe.

We will just have to patient a little longer to find out just which token will be replacing the famous Monopoly thimble, as Hasbro plans to unveil all of the new game play tokens on World Monopoly Day which is set to take place on March 19. The next generation game boards will be available beginning in August, so if you were a huge fan of the thimble, be sure to get out there and grab a classic Monopoly board game set before it’s too late.

Monopoly has gone through several updates over it’s 84 year existence, such a the inclusion of digital banking and various pop-culture themed editions. A major change took place with the game play tokens back in 2013 when yet again fans voted and the iron token was replaced with a cat charm token instead.

 

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Looks Like We Have Been Playing Monopoly All Wrong!

(PCM) The holidays bring families together and what better way to spend some quality family togetherness than breaking out a good ol’ game of Monopoly. You know the one that usually ends in a stalemate with siblings screaming at one another and the board getting tossed across the room. Well, it seems that the classic way in which most families play Monopoly is all wrong and by actually following the rules printed in the box, game play can be both a lot faster and smoother.

Research shows that most people who play Monopoly have never even seen the actual rule book and have been basing their game play on a hand me down rule-set that has been passed down from generation to generation. Sadly, these rules are wrong. The Today I Found Out YouTube channel has kindly taken the time to break down the correct rules for playing Monopoly and some of what they have uncovered is quite surprising.

For instance, did you know that the Free Parking space on the game board literally does nothing. It is nothing more than a space holder spot for players to take a break and count their money.  The  official rule book states that the Free Parking space has no special meaning, however players who have created their own rules claim that all the tax and fine money collected from players goes into a pot in the middle of the board and whoever lands on Free Parking gets that money. Not so!

Also, did you know that when you land on a property and you decide not to purchase the property the rest of the game players can then decide to bid on that property? We had no idea, but we could certainly see that rule speeding up the game and property buying process quite a bit.

No game has the ability to make people angrier than Monopoly, however it turns it is way more of a strategy game about causing your opponents to go broke. The video above provides some fascinating rules that we had no idea were part of the Monopoly universe. However, good luck convincing your family as they will most likely refuse to budge on the rules for Monopoly they have followed for years.

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New Monopoly Game Is Swapping Out Paper Money For Debit Cards

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(PCM) The latest version of Hasbro’s ever-popular Monopoly board game is doing away with one very classic aspect of the original. The new version of Monopoly has replaced the games infamous paper money with debit cards instead and to top it off, there will no longer be a banker, but rather an ATM looking device that can be used to swipe the cards.

Players of the new version of the game will be able to use the debit cards to make purchases on properties, as well as, pay any fees incurred during game play. This move definitely changes the way the game will be played in quite a big way, as it completely changes the money-managing lessons that were taught by all those hours playing the original game, however it could definitely make those late-night Monopoly game sessions a whole lot shorter.

We are certainly curious as to what kind of lessons the game will now teach about the dangers of credit/debit card spending. The new “Ultimate Banking” Monopoly game will be hitting store shelves this coming fall, just in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season.

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Play Money Being Replaced By Real Money In Some French Monopoly Sets

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(PCM) In France, as a way to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the popular board game Monopoly, manufacturers are replacing the play money in the game with real money in the form of euros.

Eighty game sets will contain actual money. Ten of the sets will include five 20-euro notes, two 50-euro notes, and one 100-euro note. Another sixty-nine sets will include five 10-euro notes and five 20-euro notes.

The grand prize winning set will actually have all of the play money replaced with real money which equals out to the amount of $20,580 euros. We bet the lucky individual that gets that set will be thanking Uncle Pennybags all the way to the bank!

The game sets began rolling out to stores, only in France, earlier this week. CNN contacted Monopoly manufacturer Hasbro to ask whether or not we could be seeing any of the real money Monopoly sets released here in The States to celebrate the 80th anniversary, however they had not yet received a reply.

Some fun Monopoly facts to celebrate 80 years:

  •  The longest Monopoly game in history lasted for 70 days straight
  • Over 275 million sets have been sold worldwide. The game is available in 111 countries and in 43 different languages.
  • The character locked behind bars is named Jake the Jailbird and he was locked up by Officer Edgar Mallory.
  • Since 1935, over 1 billion people have played the game
  • San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mobell created the most expensive Monopoly board valued at over 2 million dollars.

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