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.
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.
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.
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,