Monopoly for Millennials is real and I don’t know how I feel

Monopoly for Millennials Front

Is this maybe taking the joke a little too far?

People that know me understand (to varying degrees) I have a really dark sense of humour.  Part coping mechanism, part twisted humour, part just wrong – whatever the cause, it’s just something I have.

I have also tried to point out on this site that Governments today are taking things too far.  Partly out of apathy to the people they are supposed to represent, partly out of personal greed, even partly just being so out of touch with today’s realities.  There are lots of reasons why political systems are breaking down, and why politicians need a wake-up call.

What has all this got to do with anything?  The latest Hasbro release of Monopoly has both sides of this clashing within me.

On the surface, Monopoly for Millennials is a less cutthroat version of Monopoly where players are looking at enjoying life with experience rather than chasing the almighty dollar.  Think Tokaido, but in Monopoly form.

On the surface.

What has me is the tagline on the front of the box:

Forget Real Estate.  You can’t afford it anyway.

Monopoly for Millennials Front
This is real. And even for someone with as dark a sense of humour as I have, that tag line is a little much.

Now as I have said, I have a dark sense of humour.  In many situations, this something like this would make me smile or even let out a chuckle.

For some reason though, I am actually finding this a bit offensive.  Now I am approaching my mid-40’s.  I have watched housing booms and busts and made it through the Global Financial Crisis of 07-09.  Currently, I am watching the cost of living outstrip average wages in Australia.

Now, this is the situation in Australia, and not where Hasbro focuses their attention.  But Australia is mirroring the issues with the US with an insane level of passion.

The divide between the ‘have’ and ‘have-nots’ is widening every year, with many indications that this is only going to increase going forward.  This unfortunately is not an Australian issue though, and where I think I may be being a bit precious on this release.

Now a new Monopoly can be a novel experience, and some hit and some miss.  And the idea of a new way of playing a game is always something I am on the lookout for.

Monopoly for Millennials Back
Now the idea behind the retheme is something I can get behind, but I can't shake the feeling of someone taking the joke too far

But when items like this are mass produced and put in shops like Walmart, I am not sure how to take it.  Now Monopoly Cheater’s Edition is a similar game with dark humour overtones, but for some reason that edition just makes me laugh.

But a game actively advertising to young players (this is the 8+ range remember?) to forget ever being able to afford property even in a game, something isn’t sitting right with me.

Your salary for passing go? $20.  Now base wages have been getting harder and harder to make last like they used to, and this is a novel way of illustrating the fact.  But at the end of the day, this is still a Monopoly game, and the game is illustrating just how hard it is to start out these days.

Maybe I am missing the point. Maybe I just saw the game existed when I got out of the wrong side of the bed.  Truthfully, I am not sure.  But this feels like you are paying the creators for pointing out how kicked in the teeth you are about to be in life.  I can almost see the joke, but it keeps eluding me.

Monopoly for Millennials Contents
$20 for passing go, and $20 for Avo on Toast? I have a weird sense of humour, but this seems to be cutting too close to home

What do you think?  Is this a version of Monopoly you would actively track down and play?  Am I just being overly sensitive for some unknown reason?  Let me know on the Facebook Page or Twitter!

Until next time,

JohnHQLD

What’s new? Monopoly Warhammer 40000 is coming. No, it’s not April.

Monopoly Warhammer 40K Box Front

In the future, there is only war.  And free parking.

Monopoly is one of those games that seems to define board gaming to non-gamers.  It is a game that I didn’t realise for decades I was playing it wrong.  Generations of gamers have been passed down the rules verbally, never once opening the rule book.  This has lead to an amazing case of grand scale Chinese Whispers, where rule arguments can cause rifts in families.

Warhammer 40,000 (or 40K as I was bought up with) on the other hand is a game designed for you to play wrong in its complexity and ever-changing rulesets.  Back when I was playing *mumble mumble* years ago if you missed a copy of Games Workshops White Dwarf magazine, chances were you missed a new rules update.  And how many fights did that start?

Well, the fine folks at USAopoly seem to believe is that these two games were missing that certain something.

And that something is apparently each other!  Yes, Warhammer 40,000 Monopoly is coming to a store near you soon.

I seriously had to do a double check of the date.  There have been literally hundreds of versions of Monopoly already, but never would I have thought of a Games Workshop license being used this way.

Monopoly Warhammer 40K Box Feature
So I get Community Chest and Chance are now Glory and Fate, but what are hotels like in the world of 40K?

There really isn’t much known at this time about the game, but looking at the board this seems to be a fairly faithful Monopoly reskin.

Community Chest and Chance have been replaced with Glory and Fate.  The Utility companies are now Forge Worlds.  Railways?  Not in the 41st Millenium sir!  Now, these are Eldar Craftworlds.

I was in a weird way hoping for information on what constitutes money in the Imperium of Man, but it looks like good old Monopoly dollars are in use if you look at the board closely.

Monopoly Warhammer 40K Box Board
Behold the start and end board of war

Property cards seem to be holding on to their classic layout, and I am dying to know what would Houses and Hotels be in this game.  It doesn’t matter how much I blow up the component shot or the back of the box, there is no real clue given on this one.  Oh well, I suppose some mysteries need to be.

That is highlighted though are the custom token for this game, and I must say as an ex-40K player they do look pretty thematic.

Monopoly Warhammer 40K Box Tokens
Choose your destiny. No wait, wait that's the wrong game.

It’s hard for me to recommend Monopoly to anybody.  It’s not the worst game around, but trying to convince players rules they ‘know’ are right just aren’t in the rules takes the fun out of it.

If you know a Monopoly fan and/or they have an interest in Warhammer 40K, this may be a good gift idea.  Until then, I would probably turn my eye to the new Monopoly game where everyone has to learn the rules – Monopoly Cheaters Edition!

Until next time,

JohnHQLD

But I thought that cheaters never prospered? Wrong again!

Monopoly Cheaters Edition Box Art

Monopoly Cheaters Edition has a couple of fun gimmicks, but surely handcuffing someone to the board is making board flips too easy?

Every board gamer hears this one. Someone not into the hobby hears you play games, and you get a variant of “But how many times can you play Monopoly?”, you learn to hate the name.
 
Monopoly is a game that has been around forever and is pretty safe to say is one of the most commonly played games of all time. It’s the staple gift idea that has found new ways of getting people to buy it again and again. Some of these versions are rethemes, such as popular shows like Big Bang Theory. Some are very different ideas indeed like Monopoly Gamer Edition, created with Nintendo. Monopoly has come a long way in its life, not bad for being based on another game designed to show the evils of capitalism.
 
The thing is, Monopoly is also one of those games that no one learns to play anymore. Everyone half remembers rules from when they were a kid, taught to them by people that don’t truly remember the rules either. There are so many ‘home rule’ variants out there that are publically accepted as ‘The Rules’, Hasbro has pointed out in a stand-alone document in newer editions that these rules make the game longer than necessary and change the experience. If you play only by the original rules, Monopoly is a game that can be knocked out in 90 minutes and is a fairly complex Euro game at heart. If you play it the way I remember playing it as a kid, it was a weekend affair of hostile negotiations and skullduggery of all kinds.
 
So what do you do when no one follows the rules? LET THEM CHEAT! That appears to be the idea behind the newest version from Hasbro – Monopoly Cheaters Edition.
 
I haven’t seen the full rules yet, but there are a few bits and pieces of information around. The Cheaters Edition is almost the same game, with some small tweaks. For example, there are now cheating objectives to add to the gameplay. These objectives all seem to be a risk/reward push your luck type of experience. For example, if you can collect another players rent, you are then rewarded that property for free. But if you’re caught, you pay the owner the value of that property and then go straight to Jail. Going to Jail can also have another twist now – you are handcuffed to the board. This identifies you as in jail, and restricts your movement, making some cheats harder to accomplish.
 
Other objectives include stealing money from the bank (made easier with no dedicated banker role), moving other players tokens, adding hotels to your property or removing them from others and the time-honoured Monopoly classic of short paying rent you owe.
 
Apparently, there are also hacked properties in the game. At the moment it looks like there are some spaces cheaper than the standard edition. There isn’t any news on if this hacked effect also includes the title cards though. This could be interesting as the infamous Park Lane could cost next to nothing rent wise. I would also like to know if this is something done as set print changes, or if there is an alternate set that can be snuck in during play.
 
On the whole, the whole idea of a Cheaters Edition is a novel concept at the very least. While this doesn’t make me want to run out and buy another copy of Monopoly, I can see the appeal for specific game groups to have this in their collection.
 
The Cheaters Edition is due to be available this year in the US Fall (so Septemberish – maybe in Australia for Christmas?)
Monopoly Cheaters Edition Box Art
I know so many people this is made for
Monopoly Cheaters Edition Components
It's the board we all know, but with a few tweaks. Like Handcuffs.
Monopoly Cheaters Edition Sample Cheat Cards
A few examples of the 'cheating rules'. That sentence is always wrong.

Until next time,

JohnHQLD