85 years ago, the board game Monopoly was invented. 85 years later, it had hundreds of versions, millions of players and non-countable hours spent on playing. On its 85th anniversary we’ve gathered 7 interesting facts about the board game for you!
1. The precursor to Monopoly:
Monopoly was inspired by the Landlord’s game; in 1903 the game designer Lizzie Magie designed the board game The Landlord’s for a specific purpose. She wanted to design an educational tool which shows the economical effect of renting and she decided to make this tool in a form of a game, to make it easier for people to understand.
2. 105 Countries, 37 languages:
since 1933, monopoly is released in 37 different languages around 105 country around the world, including different versions and editions.
3. World War II edition:
Monopoly was used to help the prisoners of war held by the Nazis to escape. The British Secret Intelligence Service had the game manufacturer in UK to create a special edition which includes some tools to help the prisoners to escape, and the board games were entered to the prisoners by fake charity groups.
The game was invented in 1973 by the professor Ralph Anspach as a response to the game Monopoly. He saw that the game was producing some harmful desirable facts about monopolies. The game first was named as Bust The Trust.
5. Monopoly Junior:
In 1990, Monopoly Junior was produced for younger players. The game differs in some characteristics that make it looks more childish.
6. The most expensive Monopoly set:
In 1998, the San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mabell created a special set of Monopoly. The set was crafted with diamonds, rubies and gold. The set is worth $2 milllion USD.
7. Monopoly World Championships:
After the World Chess Championship 1972, it was suggested to start Monopoly Tournaments. The first tournament was held in 1973, and for 3 years it was held annually. Then the system changed and it was held each 3 years and then each 4 years until it reached the recent system and it is held every 6 years. The last tournament was held in 2015.