‘Monopoly’—Game Of Boards, The origin, American version

Leia Smith | 11 - 10 - 2022
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Monopoly is a real-estate board game.  The game starts with multiplayer, the players roll two dice to move around the board. The economic-themed game gets interesting after a few minutes of the start of play. The players buy and trade properties like houses and hotels. The opponent pays rent to the other player. The main aim of the game is to dissolve the opponent’s play money and lead them to bankruptcy. 

There are many interesting elements in Monopoly, Chance and Community chest, and Tax squares from which one can gain or lose money. Crossing ‘Go’ is exciting, giving a stipend to the player each and every turn. One may also end up in ‘jail’. The player is eliminated when he is bankrupted and the last player to withstand wins the game. There are different monopoly versions that evolved from the first monopoly game throughout past years like Monopoly Classic, Monopoly Millionaire, and Monopoly Junior.

History of American Monopoly

Monopoly game origin runs back to the 1900s. Monopoly is a privately patented board game in history.  The game was derived from Lizzie G. Magie’s creation, the first monopoly play, ‘The Landlord’s game’ in 1904, which was patented in the same year and self-published in 1906. She also revised the game and also renewed the patent in 1924. Her motive was to bring out the economic injustice done by greedy landlords to light through the board game. The monopoly board game was mainly originated to educate the economy that rewards every individual and to promote the economic theories of Henry George (ideas of taxation). 

What is the original first name of the board game Monopoly?
  • A. The Landlord Game
  • B. Game of economics
  • C. Game of landlords
  • D. Game of Lizzie

Monopoly America Special Edition

In 1935, Parker Brothers published the Monopoly board game for the first time. This edition did not include capitalistic taxation rules, paving the way for an aggressive game. The other version comprises many remarkable changes including the tax part. The game is named after the concept of monopoly—a single entity dominating the whole market.

Charles Todd in 1932, introduced ‘The Landlord Game’ to his childhood friend Esther Jones, and her husband, Charles Darrow in a gathering for dinner. Darrow was interested in the game and asked  written set of rules from Todd. After that, Darrow distributed the game himself. 

Parker Brothers bought the copyright from Darrow.  They bought the rights to Magie’s patent after learning that Darrow was not the sole inventor. And the rest is history in the world of board games. The monopoly board game got global recognition and furthermore, got printed in more than 37 languages. 

We learn from the monopoly game history. The best-commercially selling board game ‘Monopoly’ is actually an educational tool that aids to understand the economy better (including taxation, monopoly, and trading).

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