Saturday, July 7, 2012

"Mono Polly Has." - Yoda

Day 66 - Monopoly: Star Wars

Monopoly is one of the most well known modern board games of our time (over the last 100 years). The game is so popular (especially here in the U.S.) that there are now over a thousand different versions of the game (CRAZY! I know!). The versions that don't really have any involvement with land in any way are especially disturbing to me. I do have a copy of the original Monopoly, but I do enjoy playing my Star Wars (original trilogy) themed version. The main differences between the original and the Star Wars besides just the theme is that depending on what character you choose to be, your "motels" and "hotels" will either be represented by the light side or the dark side. Everything else is pretty much the same with Star Wars locals being used instead of the well known Park Place etc. The Wife did make a good point as we played tonight though; the location groups on the board have bold letters declaring the planet on each location and then in smaller lettering below that is the name of the actual location. It makes it a bit harder to realize what place you landed on and who owns it etc. The game really is a good game, but the back and forth of the game can get a bit frustrating at times. When the length of a game can get up past 2 to 3 hours, I think that there probably is something a bit wrong with the game. Monopoly is created for 2 to 8 players (some versions only 6) and on average the game takes 1 to 4 hours. I don't think I would mind the length of the game if I were to enjoy the game the entire time, but it gets long and drawn out. There is some strategy in mortgaging properties and in trading, but a lot of the game is luck - one of the reasons that the game can last so long. When Monopoly is compared to any of these more recent games, it is just left wanting. Monopoly may have been the game of games 50 years ago, but oh how times have changed and that is How Lou Sees It.

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