That quintessential board game, Monopoly, made its debut during The Great Depression and has since sold more than 200 million copies in 80 countries and 26 languages around the world, imparting to each generation of players such important life-lessons as how to become titans of railroads and utilities. These days, however, Parker Brothers may no longer hold a monopoly on Monopoly.
You can now make your own Monopoly board with your photos and it is cheap and easy to do. One popular kit sells for just $30 and includes instructions for printing family photos and using the included glue-stick to place them directly — and permanently — right on the game board itself. You can also use the included smudge-proof Sharpie to create your own custom labels, so Park Place is magically transformed into your snooty rich aunt’s house for greater authenticity.
Not to be outdone, TDC Games has released Make Your Own Opoly which, as the name implies, allows you to do pretty much the same thing. But be forewarned, some buyers have complained about the mysterious missing square on each side of the game board. Perhaps this was a way for the company to avoid a “cease and desist” letter from rapacious Parker Brothers attorneys.
Meanwhile, the great and all-powerful Parker Brothers appears to be no longer satisfied to have a mere 568 variants of this old standard in the marketplace, including rebranded versions featuring all of your childrens’ favorite cartoons. The most brave — and solipsistic — customers in the United Kingdom have the opportunity to create their very own personalized versions of Monopoly online! Perhaps this is, at long last, Monopoly for the YouTube generation. Whatever it is, I think I’ll stick to the classic game board, as long as I get to play with the race car. Or the dog.