National Play Monopoly Day:
Celebrated annually on November 19th, the National Play Monopoly Day is dedicated to celebrating the world’s most popular real estate board game! With different versions and many rules, monopoly is fun to play with family and friends! If you love real-estate, money and jail escape cards play a monopoly today!
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Why National Play Monopoly Day?
The idea of Monopoly as a game was established by Lizzie Maggie in 1903 to simplify the concept of single tax theory published by Henry George.
The board game was called Landlord’s Game and was patented in 1904 and was published in 1906. It was created to make people understand the effects of monopoly on the economy i.e., the domination by a single entity of a market.
In 1906, Charles Darrow also designed a semi-copyrighted version of this board game. However, it did not gain popularity until 1935 when the Parker Brothers, an America based toy and game manufacturing company published it! Since then over 5 million people have played this game!
Monopoly is now the product of Hasbro Inc. as Parker Brothers were bought by it in 1991. Each year there are new editions that are being developed. It has become so popular that it has been imbibed into the American family culture with every household playing it as a tradition for a few generations now!
Monopoly has local licenses in 103 countries and is available in 37 languages. The game is played with a minimum of two players and can be played with a maximum player of the number of pawns available with the board. The game starts by rolling two dice to move around the board as you trade properties, develop real estate, collect or pay rents, and ultimately focus on driving your opponents to bankruptcy. The money will be gained, lost as you pay for community chest and taxes. Players will be jailed until one of the criteria is met. With numerous rules, it’s an exciting board game to understand the concept of monopoly, learn negotiation skills, and cultivate managing resources efficiently! The game may last anywhere between 20- 180 minutes!
How Can We Observe National Play Monopoly Day?
- Play Monopoly
Enjoy your favorite Monopoly game with your kid, spouse, friends, and family members! Teach your children or older adults in the family to play Monopoly if it’s complicated you could come up with your fun rules too!
- Try playing a Spin-off!
Since the invention of the Monopoly board game, there have been many games that have been designed around the element of Monopoly and have been sold as spin-offs! A few popular Spin-offs are Express Monopoly card game, Monopoly: The Card Game, Monopoly City, Monopoly Deal, Monopoly Junior among many others!
- Play a Monopoly Video game
If you are not a fan of playing it as a board game, try the video game version of Monopoly! This appeals to kids as they are prone to technology than we ever were. You could try the Monopoly (iOS and Android version), Monopoly City Streets, Monopoly Millionaires, Monopoly Plus (Xbox One and PlayStation 4)!
- Share your thoughts on Social Media!
Take to social media by sharing your memories about playing Monopoly! Encourage others to share their stories and observe the National Play a Monopoly Day using hashtags #NationalPlayMonopolyDay and #PlayMonopoly Day!
- Take part in the Monopoly World Championship
Hasbro Organizes a worldwide tournament for Monopoly participants! If you love the game use this opportunity to enlist for the world championship that is due for March 2021. You may also participate in the Monopoly U.S. championship!
Interesting Facts About National Play Monopoly Day:
- Charles Darrow’s Monopoly was rejected initially by the Parker brothers for 52 fundamental errors that were inclusive of the game’s theme, complexity and length
- Over 1 billion people globally are estimated to have played Monopoly
- Monopoly is translated in 47 languages and is available in 114 countries
- Parker Brothers manufactured and sold the first Monopoly board game in 1935 after buying the rights to market from Charles Darrow
- The theme for the game is now based on Atlantic City, New Jersey. However, the first city to be licensed for Monopoly was London.
- The Monopoly game was initially sold at $2 only!
- During the 1970s, to aid the visually impaired a Braille edition was produced!
- The first to win the Monopoly World Championship was Mr. Lee Bayrd from the USA. It was held in Liberty, New York in 1973.
History Of National Play Monopoly Day:
The founder and the origin of the National Play Monopoly Day remain unknown.