Original Monopoly Game Board

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No need to introduce Monopoly, probably the most famous board game in the world, whose goal is to ruin your opponents through real estate purchases. Play against the computer (2 to 4 player games), buy streets, build houses and hotels then collect rents from the poor contestants landing on your properties.

  1. Original Monopoly Game Board Properties

THE world as we know is changing as Monopoly has announced it is ditching one of its iconic pieces.

Game players will soon wave goodbye to the thimble, which has been part of the board since it was launched in 1935 – but why is it being replaced and what will the new piece be?

Why is the thimble being ditched from Monopoly?

The makers of Monopoly regularly change the line-up for new generations of game players.

Last month we told how all of the pieces were potentially facing the chop, with Monopoly chiefs asking the public to vote to save their favourites from the planned cull.

The vote saw the eight standard pieces vying for a place against 50 new designs, which include a rotary phone, a cowboy hat and a roller skate.

Tragically it was the thimble that received the least votes, with makers of the game Hasbro announcing the news it is removing the playing piece.

The Monopoly Token Madness voting campaign attracted more than four million votes, yet not enough backed the thimble to keep it in future versions of the game.

It lost out to favourites such as the top hat, the mini motor car, the recently introduced cat (which was responsible for ejecting the iron in 2013) and the Scottie dog.

When will the winner of the Monopoly vote be announced?

Only one of the current eight pieces will be chopped, the thimble, and the new winning replacement design will be announced on March 19.

And following this, the new Monopoly piece will arrive to a board game near you in August 2017.

In December we told how Monopoly chiefs set up a Christmas hotline to prevent board game bust-ups, after research found that over half of games end in acrimony.

Original Monopoly Game Board Properties

  • The Scottie dog
  • The top hat
  • The thimble (soon to be replaced by the voted-for piece)
  • The boot
  • The wheelbarrow
  • The cat
  • The racing car
  • The battleship

What were the original Monopoly pieces?

Since Monopoly was introduced in the 1930s, many of the playing pieces have come and gone.

Some have stuck around since its launch, and others have been ditched.

Monopoly enthusiasts will know that there used to be six items in the famous playing game’s line-up.

The original six were:

  • The top hat
  • The thimble
  • The iron (now retired)
  • The shoe
  • The battleship
  • The cannon (now retired)

A few more options were added in 1935 and 1936:

  • The race car
  • The purse (now retired)
  • The rocking horse (now retired)
  • The lantern (now retired)

And a further collection were added in the 1950s and later:

  • Scottie dog
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Horse and rider (now retired)
  • Sack of money (now retired)
  • Cat (new in 2013)

What versions of Monopoly are there?

This isn’t the first time the public have been given their say on which piece will take them past GO.

In 2013, a vote meant that the iron was replaced by a cat, but there are many other editions available other than the classic board game.

There are many other cities other than London that are featured, such as Chicago edition, a New York-opoly and a New Zealand edition.

And then the sky is the limit for themed options that have hit shelves since its launch.

Some of the most creative include a Walking Dead Survival edition, a 007 James Bond Collector’s edition, a Beatles' Collector’s Edition and even a Sonic the Hedgehog Collector’s edition.

How to always win at Monopoly?

You may think that Monopoly's a game of chance, and that there's no firm strategy to winning it.

But one woman who knows differently is 2015 UK Monopoly champion Natalie Fitzsimons, from Northern Ireland.

Monopoly original board game apk

The 26-year-old was ranked sixth in the world when she beat her husband and three others to the UK and Ireland championship title.

First study the rule book, to find out how you've been playing the game wrong.

Then, here are Natalie's top tips:

1. Borrow, borrow, borrow

We're not suggesting you do this in real life, but Natalie advises players to mortgage themselves to a hilt.

Stretching yourself financially to buy up streets and houses should allow you to make more money in the long run - in rent from other players.

Jessica says: 'This always feels a little like cheating, but I never know why other people don't do it.

'As soon as you get a monopoly yourself, mortgage everything else and spend every penny on houses.

'A monopoly with three houses on each square is far more valuable with lots of low-rent single property squares. You can always 'un-mortgage' them later in the game.'

2. Cause a housing shortage

Never bother buying a hotel, houses are far more valuable - and limited.

This strategy is one Jessica shares with Imgur user Elpher, who says it's a little known fact that the Monopoly box only contains 32 houses and 12 hotels.

If you can afford to put four houses on each, that's only eight properties in total.

Elpher says: 'The goal is to gain a second monopoly, and buy enough houses to create a housing shortage, effectively locking down the game for the other players.'

3. Go to jail - and stay there

Prison seems like the ultimate punishment, and most of us can't wait to get out of jail.

But towards the end, the best strategy is to stay in jail and rake in the cash - while not risking landing on anyone else's squares.

Natalie says: 'In the early game you want to get out of jail as soon as possible.

'But once all the property squares have been bought sometimes the best thing is to wait patiently in jail.

'At the later stages of the game, it's better to be behind bars so you can still collect but don't land on expensive squares.'

It may not seem the funnest way to win - but, according to Natalie, it is the most effective.

4. NEVER buy Park Lane

For many, they're the most sought after squares on the board - but Natalie advises avoiding the purple properties.

They may have come with sky high rents, but they cost a fair bit to buy too.

And, for reasons we explained earlier, your mates aren't very likely to land on Park Lane.

How can you turn it around when you're losing at Monopoly?

Going to jail can also be a good strategy if you're close to going bankrupt, and don't want to risk landing on anyone else's properties. Don't stay there forever though.

Another good, but sneaky, strategy is to form alliances and gang up on strong players.

Does your dad always win? Why don't you and one of your siblings make a pact to block his monopolies?

What's the most landed on property in Monopoly?

This is the first question, if you're looking to rake in on rent.

According to the maths boffins, Trafalgar Square is the most landed on property on the cardboard London map - making it the most important one to buy.

Board

They are working on the basis that the most occupied square is Jail - because of how easily Chance and Community Chest cards, as well as the dreaded Go To Jail square, send people to the clink, combined with the probability of landing there and being Just Visiting.

There are six different ways to roll a seven, 6 and 1, 1 and 6, 5 and 2, 2 and 5, 4 and 3, and 3 and 4 - making it the most likely roll.

Seven steps from Jail is the Community Chest, but another seven rolls will land you in red territory - and on Trafalgar Square.

The orange properties - on 6, 8 or 9 rolls - are also a smart buy. While the purple squares, despite having the highest rent, are unlikely to be landed on so often.

  1. Trafalgar Square (red)
  2. Vine Street (orange)
  3. Marlborough Street (orange)
  4. Bow Street (orange)
  5. Pall Mall (pink)

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