Sunday, May 10, 2009

Updating Monopoly Cards to Reflect Today's Realities

Monopoly may be the most popular board game ever, but the Chance and Community Chest cards are old and outdated. Here, I've taken the liberty to update a few to reflect today's realities.






Of course holding monopolies and charging excess money to those that cannot afford them are timeless values...

43 comments:

Nessa said...

There's a woman in our neighborhood who's called "Community Chest."

Bazza said...

Very accurate VE, and don't forget "You believed the politician's and lost everything"

ReformingGeek said...

Those are great, VE! Please continue with the rest of the board.

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

Love them! But don't you think they should be updated to include people of color?

VE said...

nessa - Oh I know her... ;)

bazza - Good one...

reforminggeek - Actually, my son wanted me to finish off a game idea I had of a board within the board where you access it through the railroads. It travels the opposite direction and has it's own monopolies and cards and synchs up with the outer board in several ways. He's helping with the concept. I never pursued the idea because I found similar ideas had been out there already but he wants to try and play it so I'll make a prototype...

prefers - Yes; true. But I cannot draw!

Quirkyloon said...

LMBO LMBO LMBO

VE: good exercise for the butt!

hee hee

Elizabeth said...

I love it, very timely. Maybe some of the properties could be updated too. Can't you buy railroads on the original game? Who would invest in railroads nowadays??

VE said...

quirky - Glad I could assist with your glutes! Wait, are you suggesting I'm the butt of the joke?

elizabeth - Good point. The USA certainly didn't. Now Europe...they did...

Janna said...

There should also be a card about Water Works being infested with pathogenic microfauna... or swine flu, or something like that.

Perhaps also a card where you instantly lose the game because the Big Oil Companies had you killed when you invented a car that ran on water.

Janna said...

Hey, wow, consider yourself honored; you're the only blog I've been able to comment on today.

I keep getting error messages with everyone else's sites.

Ronda Laveen said...

Now that you mention updating, the "Jail" cards themselves are antiquated. What about "You've been caught but since your an underachiever, we can't afford to keep your a** in real jail. Wear your house arrest anklet and sit out the next 5 rolls.".

And maybe change the railroads to Enron, investment, mortgage, banking and governmental agencies.

I think you're on to something here.

VE said...

janna - Yes, death from a game sort of eliminates the big comeback hope... I do feel honored that you were able to comment here!

ronda - You've certainly got this figured out. I'll have to consult you with all my game ideas...

Ronda Laveen said...

That's my job. That's what I do.

Megan said...

"The man fainted!"

We used to always wish for that card so we could throw it down and say that...glad to see the amount increased.

Excellent. And the comments kill me, as always! Ronda is fast becoming my new idol...

Jacki said...

Now that is a game I would buy! Very realistic.

VE said...

ronda - And you do it well!

megan - Ha! Yes, one can't help but have fun with these cards

jacki - Of course if it were really realistic...it would cost too much to buy if you wanted it.

moooooog35 said...

I can't wait for your Candyland episode!!

Matt-Man said...

Ha. Nice Job, VE. Happy Belated Mother's Day to ya, ya big Mary. Cheers!!

Chris Wood said...

Very accurate indeed. But why no Wall Street beggers? Awwww.

VE said...

moooooog35 - Yeah, the monsters will be a tad more scary this time!

matt-man - Ha! I'll show you my big Mary! Well...actually I won't...but you get the idea.

chris - They're too busy applying for ponzie schemes and trying to acquire bailout funds...

Sarah said...

These are great. In light of your recent airport post may I also suggest: "You didn't weight your checked luggage properly, pay $150!"

freetheunicorns said...

Very nice. The ponzie scam is my fave.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Brilliant and true!

Brian Miller said...

lol. think you captured reality pretty well. have you seen the new monopoly game with updated prices to reflect todays culture. you get a credit/debit card that gets loaded (or unloaded) as the game goes along...scary.

Gladys said...

I'm wondering if they have one with a Baseball Player on it getting booted out of the ball park. You got caught taking Steroids...loose 25 million.

VE said...

sarah - How true. And you probably got the price right too!

freetheunicorns - We all secretly wish we had an indiscovered multi-billion dollar scam...

perpetual - Too bad those old fuddy duddys over at Monopoly won't go for these...

brian - I heard about it. Kids of the future probably won't even have to learn to count actual cash so why bother with the paper money I guess...

glady - Ha! Excellent suggestion. The Go-to-Jail could have had a picture of Dog the Bounty Hunter tracking you down too...

Shawn said...

They should make a card that says, "Congratulations! You've been playing this boring goddamn game for six hours. Consider suicide."

Roy Scribner said...

Oh, those are all classics! The HMO dude looks seriously pissed.

VE said...

shawn - Or...you could have been blogging for six hours instead!!! Good callout...

roy - Wouldn't you be?

Serena said...

Those are great! And -- sadly -- so timely.

Mrs. R said...

Well done you. I laughed out loud. :) I'll play your version of Monopoly any time...oh wait, I think I already am. It's just called reality.

Jaime said...

how about a device that just sucks the money right out of your pocket when you sit down to play... seems like everything we do these days costs money

Dalton J. Fox said...

I'm curious about how you'd update Connect Four.

Also, you've got me wanting to play Monopoly now. Thanks.

Alex L said...

Yeah they really need to update monoply so it mirrors actual business. That would be awesome.

Ronda Laveen said...

Under Gladys's BBall thread, you would have to add:

The new "Manny Ramirez" card. You narrowly avoid public scandal and banishment from this season's play. The baseball commission buys your story that your doctor gave you HCG because of a "personal health issue." The truth that you took it to keep the hangers from shrinkin,' remains secret. Take two extra rolls.

I'm looking forward to your revision of Barbie's Dream Date: Dream or Dud.

VE said...

serena - I guess being timely they'll go out of date quicker. Sort of like using a Michael Vick joke on them. In a couple of years (or now) people will say "Michael who?"

mrs. r - Of course, the trouble with playing reality is that you never actually win.

jaime - I thought that was a spouse? ;)

dalton - Rather than connect 4 people should be playing Unravel 20. That will help train them to start to unravel the bigger economy messes we have.

alex - I guess that means cheating is allowed and ethics are out the window...

ronda - Ha! Good one. I'm glad my hangers are shrinkin! And I think it'll be a dream if Barbie can get a date now. She's 50 and has been partying all her life. Good luck, Barbie...I'm sure you're looking scary and the pool of guys out there are even more so!

Anne said...

I actually laughed out loud on the last one.

lime said...

do we laugh or cry at the veracity contained in these updated cards?

VE said...

anne - Excellent. My work is done then...

lime - I think how much you laugh or cry depends upon how much impact these have had on you personally and whether they are positive or negative impacts.

Maureen said...

You definitely need to make this board game too (yes, I DO remember the other one you did).

VE said...

maureen - A blogger with memory retention? Unheard of!

Dee said...

i like the last one. Last night I was in the travel aisle buying travel size gels, shampoo etc. Such silliness!

VE said...

dee - The makers of those things probably lobby to keep the restriction.