Monopoly: History and Info About the Classic Board Game Everyone Loves!
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Monopoly: History and Info About the Classic Board Game Everyone Loves!

Monopoly is a very famous board game that almost everyone in the world has heard of. According to Wikipedia: "Monopoly is a board game published by Parker Brothers, a subsidiary of Hasbro. The game is named after the economic concept of monopoly, the domination of a market by a single entity."

Monopoly: The Board Game

Monopoly is a very famous board game that almost everyone in the world has heard of. According to Wikipedia: "Monopoly is a board game published by Parker Brothers, a subsidiary of Hasbro. The game is named after the economic concept of monopoly, the domination of a market by a single entity."

Also from Wikipedia: "The history of Monopoly can be traced back to 1904, when an American woman named Elizabeth Magie Phillips created ...The Landlord's Game, [which] was commercially published in 1924. Ten years later, in 1934, Charles Darrow presented his own version of Landlord's Game, now called Monopoly, to Parker Brothers executives as well as to Milton Bradley. However, both game manufacturers rejected the game. Attempting to produce the game on his own, Darrow hired a friend who was a printer in order to get 5,000 sets to the Wanamakers Department Store in Philadelphia for the 1934 holiday season. Once all 5,000 games had sold out, Parker Brothers reapproached Charles Darrow and struck a deal, and began selling the game under the Parker Brothers label in 1935."

The product description at the Hasbro site for the classic board game is: "Love to splash the cash? Indulge in a property shopping spree with the classic version of MONOPOLY! Buy streets, houses and hotels and become a respected real-estate mogul. Negotiate and haggle your way to the top. You’ll own this town in no time! Go for the hottest, priciest, most exclusive addresses on the board and watch yourself profits rocket. Wanna be a MONOPOLY millionaire? READY, SET… OWN! Includes gameboard, 8 tokens, 28 Title Deed cards, 16 Chance cards, 16 Community Chest cards, 1 pack of MONOPOLY money, 32 houses, 12 hotels, 2 dice, 1 speed die and instructions. For 2 to 8 players. Ages 8 and up."

On the site it sells for $14.99. "Many specialized editions of the classic game have been produced featuring your favorite sports teams, brands, television shows, cartoons and more," according to the Hasbro site. Braille editions have been manufactured for the visually impaired. McDonald's promotes their own version of Monopoly, and there's even one for animal rights activists: Veganopoly! For $23.95 at Pangea, you can buy Veganopoly, which uses the same set-up and concept as Monopoly, and is described as:

"Created by an animal rights activist, this unique board game puts players in the role of an animal trying to make it in the restaurant business rather becoming the main course. The winner is the player who ends up owning all the establishments on the board (such as Hummus Hut or Kentucky Fried Tempeh)."

The Monopoly game board has forty spaces and contains a total of twenty-eight properties, of which the Boardwalk may be the most famous. Other popular spaces on the board include the railroad properties, jail, and the beloved "Go" space. Updated versions of the game feature various different properties than in the original game. Popular tokens include the race car, the Scotty dog, the thimble, an iron, a top hat, a man on a horse, and more.

Fun Facts about Monopoly

There is a Monopoly World Champion tournament conducted by Hasbro every few years where top competitors from a number of different countries compete. The first one was held in 1973 in New York City. Some of the tournaments have been aired on ESPN.

Nearly 300 million games have been sold worldwide. The game is available in over 100 countries and in nearly 50 different languages. Monopoly has been used as an avenue to smuggle supplies such as real cash and maps to soldiers during times of war.

The longest Monopoly game on record lasted for 70 days in a row. (How do they even get these records and statistics, don't these people have real jobs?) An average game of Monopoly lasts from about 45 minutes to two or three hours sometimes.

According to the Hasbro site, "The most expensive version of the game was produced by celebrated San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mobell. Valued at $2 million, the set features a 23-carat gold board and diamond-studded dice." I wish I had that money to spend on a board game!

Wikipedia reports that "In 1978, retailer Neiman Marcus manufactured and sold an all-chocolate edition of Monopoly through its 'Christmas Wish Book' for that year. The entire set was edible, including the money, dice, hotels, properties, tokens and playing board. The set retailed for $600."

Hasbro Monopoly Website

I was seeking more knowledge regarding the history of Monopoly, and didn't get exactly what I was looking for at the Official Monopoly site. The site did, however, have fun facts and a brief history regarding the famous board game. You can buy many different versions of the classic game at this site, from versions for Wii and playing games electronically on Pogo and other game sites as well as the classic board game version.

I used the interactive "Right Gift Right Now" tool at the site but was a bit disappointed with it. I took the quiz several times. It's a 7-question quiz to help you choose the best "version" of Monopoly to buy as a gift for someone. The part I dislike most is that you cannot choose for which platform you'd like to use. For example, I once took the quiz and ended up with a Wii game, but what if my gift recipient doesn't own a Wii? Same with an iPhone app. The good thing about the "Right Gift Right Now" tool is that it gives you promo codes to use to get a discount for specific items you can purchase.

Find out more information at


Monopoly by Hasbo

Wikipedia: Monopoly (Game)

Veganopoly on Pangea

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Comments (18)

Great article, we love to play Monopoly, and every year it someone gets it for Christmas..voted

I wonder now how many people still play monopoly as a board game with all the computer stuff available now

I grew up playing monopoly. i've had 2 games during my lifetime.

I would love to play a game of monopoly with anyone anytime, Carol.You have brought back some fond memories in your well detailed article.

Excellent information on this...

We have a very old edition of Monopoly. I think every home should have one.

Without doubt the best board game of all time.

Wow, this is really great. I love this game.

I love playing this game with my nephews. Great article. Thanks.

Very informative

How interesting and very well-written,too. Actually, this happens to be one of my favorite games (a classic). Thanks for sharing Voted up

Excellent work you have done here . . . .

Interesting and well researched topic.thanks

Nice article. Well written and great topic!

Nice article with essential tips. Thank you Bethany. Voted. Please consider me. Paulose Varghese

I love Monopoly, and this is a great tribute to the game. Thanks for sharing!

liked it, vote

I also love Monopoly, we have a travel sized version, which is great for long flights :-)