One of the most popular board games in the world, Monopoly has marked many generations. The game has crossed countries, preceded by a story that has lasted since the great crisis of 1929. Focus on the beginnings and the upheavals through which this game has passed, capable of keeping young and old alike in suspense.
The creator of Monopoly imagines the concept while America is experiencing one of the greatest economic crises in its history. Bearing like his peers the dramatic repercussions of this ordeal, Charles Darrow begins to imagine a game in the perspective of earning money, possibly and spending time with his friends, above all. The game winks at real estate and urban planning, without anyone really knowing why its initiator took this step. In its inaugural version, the elements in play in Monopoly – which represent various real estates – were already deployed on a board, but the manufacturing materials used for the set were most anecdotal.
Pieces of wood were used to carve houses, hotels, etc. An oilcloth tablecloth was used to delimit the playing area, while the inventor used his drawing skills to draw the maps of the properties. The game quickly gained notoriety in the neighborhood of its creator. More and more families asked him to make them. Then was born the idea, at Darrow, to resort to a more optimal mode of production. Versions with a printed board made their appearance and one thing leading to another, the game box integrated more formal sales channels, including on the shelves of stores in Philadelphia.
As expected, the popularity of Monopoly was still growing and its creator had to consider a strategy to sustain its promotion. He proposed his concept to a manufacturer of board games, against payment. Parker Brothers, the brand he approaches, declines the offer by arguing many small defects in Monopoly:lack of clarity, as to the objective of the game, difficulty of the rules, too long duration of the games. The inventor of what was to become a global phenomenon decided to continue the production of the units himself. This, until the mid-1930s when, impressed by the sales performance of the item, the manufacturer who rejected it reconsidered its position. He officially acquired the rights to it and had a great sales success, before it declined the following year, forcing the company to stop production in December 1936. Stop short-lived since the craze for the game has picked up again, allowing international distribution. Since its arrival in France, tens of millions of units have been sold. Emphasizing, moreover, that Monopoly is therefore more than 80 years old.
Remember, one of the handicaps with which Monopoly was taxed had to do with the complication of its rules of the game. suspense as to the outcome of each game started. Finesse and a sense of negotiation are at the center of the provisions that one must have to survive this game. The objective:to get as rich as possible by amassing land and buildings, through clever investments and reasoned investments . At the start of the game, the players are allocated a fair amount, it is up to each to make it grow as best they can. Mortgage, sale, construction, competition, the game draws its thrilling side from the similarities found with the aggressive practices of the real estate sector. The boxes marketed since 2O15 incorporate 5 new game rules, which Hasbro introduced after consultation with fans via the social media pages. Blocked Assets, Lucky Throw or Super Start further boost the progress of this game, which also holds many records, each as surprising as the next. A very special game board was, for example, designed in 1988 in San Francisco:it was made of 23 carat gold. Diamonds, sapphires and rubies set the pawns.