Aucklanders, rejoice – today, you have been immortalised.
At an event held in that most iconic of Auckland’s landmarks, the Sky Tower, Winning Moves officially launched the Auckland edition of the world’s most famous board game, Monopoly.
This morning assorted members of the media got a sneak preview of this brand new, localised version.
The event started with Mr Monopoly himself, flanked by Auckland rugby players Joe Edwards and Patrick Tuipulotu, doing the Sky Walk. With plenty of waves for the cameras, and flexing of muscles, Mr Monopoly proved himself the most daredevil rich man since Richard Branson.
Then it was back on solid ground for the launch itself. Each property card was unveiled with a flurry by games master Andrew Thompson, before the symbolic ‘rolling of the giant dice’ by the rugby players. It must be noted, however, the dice looked almost normal size in their large hands.
The game itself? It keeps the look of classic Monopoly, but it unmistakably feels like Auckland.
In choosing the squares Winning Moves have opted mostly for landmarks, rather than the street-laden boards of yesteryear. In the place of Old Kent Road we have the Auckland Domain. Instead of Pall Mall and Whitehall, we have Ellerslie Racecourse and Eden Park. Whether it’s trains, buses or ferries, Auckland’s various modes of public transport all get a look in. And if you want to build a hotel on Auckland University – go right ahead.
The ‘Chance’ and ‘Community Chest’ cards have also been Aucklandised. Getting your friends lost in the Waitakeres will cost you $M50 per mate. Try to “beat the traffic home on Muriwai Road” and you can expect a $M15 speeding fine. If you’re lucky, though, you can pay that out of your $M25 prizemoney for winning that surf competition at Piha.
The big question on everyone’s minds was what would take the place of Mayfair. Securing this most prime piece of real estate, perhaps unsurprisingly in hindsight, was the Sky Tower.
If you’re not from Auckland, and you’re feeling a little left out, do not despair: Andrew Thompson and Mr Monopoly will be traveling the country in 2014 to see where will be next to get the Monopoly treatment. If you feel your area deserves to be immortalised, send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auckland Monopoly will be available from 1 November at a RRP of $59.99. With Karangahape Road misspelled, it’s sure to be a collector’s edition.
What’s on the board?
In order, starting from cheapest:
Akoranga Busway Station
Voyager Maritime Museum
Mt Smart Stadium
Newmarket Railway Station
Britomart Transport Centre
University of Auckland
Birkenhead Ferry Wharf