Nottingham Monopoly hits the shops

Written by IainB

Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Monopoly but not as we know it.

The latest city to get the Monopoly treatment in the ever increasingly pointless City series of Monopoly, is Nottingham.

Once Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow had joined London in being Monopoly-ised every town and city were clamouring to join the decreasingly exclusive club. Now Nottingham has finally got in on the act, however, there are one or two changes from the traditional board, such as the money given on passing 'Go' is now called 'dole'.

There are no dark blue squares, the equivalent of Mayfair and Park Lane. These don't exist in Nottingham. There are also no orange square, or light blue, or green, or pink. In fact, all the squares are brown. Also in a break from tradition, there is no "Just Visiting" section in the jail corner.

There are still four stations in the centre of each row, the first is, as expected Nottingham Station and the next is Beeston station, but the next two are both police stations. The Utilities are no longer purchasable on the Nottingham Monopoly, instead, each time you land on one, your water, gas and electricity rates go up.

Nor is there a free parking. There is no free parking in Nottingham. However, for a missed turn, you can use the park and ride inside the box. The dice are no longer used for making moves, instead they are part of the casinos on what are aptly still named "Chance" squares, where the 'dole' can be gambled away.

It's not all bad news, as anything goes, for the Nottingham edition of Monopoly does not come with a rule book, instead, players can make it up, do as they please and generally take short cuts and steal each others money with impunity.

Sadly, it's unlikely many of the Nottingham Monopolies will ever get made beyond the initial run of five hundred, as all five-hundred were put up for sale, and all five hundred have been stolen.

One is available on eBay with a reserve of eighteen pound.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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