Monopoly is a board game that was developed in 1903 when Elizabeth Magie wished to make an approach to clarify Henry George’s single tax theory. Her game was independently published in 1906 as The Landlord’s Game, as an instructive device. Somewhere in the range of 1906 and 1930 a few table games were created until Charles Darrow made his very own rendition based on Magie’s original. He proceeded to turn into the principal table game mogul ever. At the point when the main Monopoly game was discharged in 1933, Darrow professed to be the first maker yet it was later taken in his game was a variety of the first Landlord’s Game.
The goal of Monopoly is to acquire as many properties and collect as much rent as possible, ultimately leading to a monopoly of ownership.
The Monopoly brand has 160 licensees around the world.
The highest rent property on the Monopoly game board varies by region. In the U.S., it is named “Boardwalk” after a street in Atlantic City. In Spain, it is named “Paseo del Prado” after a street in Madrid, and in France, “Rue de la Paix” is the name of the most coveted property space.
In 2015, the 14th Monopoly World Championships will be held in Macau, China.
Charles Darrow’s nieces inspired the first tokens, which included an iron, a purse, a lantern, a thimble, a rocking horse, a cannon, a battleship, a top hat, a shoe, and a race car.
The last Monopoly World Championships were held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, N.V. in 2009.
When Darrow tried to sell Monopoly to Parker Brothers they initially declined because it was too complex. He released it himself.
A player from the U.S. has not won the Monopoly World Championships since 1974.
When Monopoly became successful locally Parker Brothers decided to negotiate marketing rights.
The first winner of the Monopoly World Championships was Lee Bayrd from the United States. The first championships were held in 1973 in Liberty, New York.
Parker Brothers began manufacturing and marketing Monopoly in 1935.
Every few years, national champions from around the globe meet for the Monopoly World Championships tournament.
Monopoly is manufactured and sold in 47 different languages today.
The “House Rules” added to the classic Monopoly game in 2014 were: Free parking, fast cash, dash for the cash, frozen assets, see the sights and lucky roller.
Monopoly’s subtitle is “The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game.”
In 2014, Monopoly fans globally debated on Facebook which of their favorite “House Rules” Hasbro should add to the classic Monopoly game.
Monopoly has 28 properties, and a total of 40 spaces.
In the 2013 Monopoly “Save Your Token” campaign, fans voted to replace the iron token with a new cat token.
Monopoly has 16 Chance cards, 28 Title Deed cards, and 16 Community Chest cards, as well as 32 houses and 12 hotels.
In 2010, residents of Canada, Turkey, Russia, Korea, Peru and Hong Kong voted to create updated versions of the Monopoly game for their area.
When a person lands in jail in Monopoly they can pay $50 to get out, use a ‘get out jail free’ card if they have one, or roll a double. A person goes to jail if they roll doubles three times in a row.
In 2008, nearly 3,000 Monopoly fans around the world united to set the world record for the most people playing the game at the same time.
The properties that players most often land on include the B&O Railroad, GO, and Illinois Ave.
Tokens from the United States Monopoly: Here & Now Edition were flown into space aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2007.
Monopoly games can be licensed with different themes. To date there have been over 300 different Monopoly versions created with versions themed on movies, teams, and other topics.
In 1990, the Monopoly Junior game first introduces kids under eight years old to the favorite fast-dealing property trading game.
Monopoly games in different countries have different street names. In France the most expensive rental property to land on is Rue de la Paix.
In 1998, celebrated San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mobell created the most expensive Monopoly set in the world valued at $2 million.
The most expensive Monopoly game in the world was created in 1998 by Sidney Mobell, a jeweler in San Francisco. It had a value of $2 million.
In 1978, the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog offered a chocolate version of the Monopoly game priced at $600.
In 2007 tokens from the United States Monopoly game were flown into space aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
In 1972, the Commissioner of Public Works in Atlantic City, threatened to change the names of the real Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues, but public outcry vetoed the bill.
In Monopoly Millionaire, the first person to earn $1 million wins the game.
In the 1970’s, a Braille edition of the Monopoly game was created for the visually impaired.
The Monopoly World Championships tournament is held every few years. It has been held in Toronto, Tokyo, and Monte Carlo and many others since it began in 1973.
On record, the longest game of Monopoly ever played lasted 70 straight days.
Monopoly has appeared in movies such as Zombieland, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and in Gossip Girl.
Games of Monopoly have been played in unusual places including on a ceiling, underground, and on a U.S. nuclear submarine.
A Monopoly player has a 64% chance that they will land on a railroad as they go around the board each time.