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Monopoly

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Basics:

For 2 to 8 players, ages 8 and up. About 120 minutes per game, less if the "speed die" is used.

Designer:

The game of Monopoly as it is known today was designed by Charles Darrow. See "More About Monopoly" below for additional information.

Publisher:

Darrow started selling copies of Monopoly independently in 1933. In 1935, Parker Brothers (now owned by Hasbro) acquired the game and started publishing it.

Genre:

Monopoly is a real estate-themed game with a roll-and-move mechanic and a set collection mechanic.

Why Monopoly is Part of the Games Timeline:

Monopoly is an ingrained part of American culture, and it's also widely known around the world. Here are the other games I believe are the most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800.

Monopoly Resources:

More About Monopoly:

Monopoly has a complex history. It was based on The Landlord's Game (1904), designed and patented by Elizabeth Magie.

The goal of the game is to force all of the other players into bankruptcy by buying real estate, building houses and hotels, and charging rent. The influence of Monopoly can be seen in game collections and retail stores all over the world -- more than 200 million games have been sold worldwide, and it's been been published in 26 languages.

By my estimation, Monopoly is also the most copied (both authorized and unauthorized) game published since 1800. Monopoly clones pop up all the time and are widely available.

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