I have fond memories of playing Monopoly from my childhood. We had our own rules of course, every family does. You could buy a house on any property you owned when you landed on it again, even if you only owned one. I was virtually unaware of the need for a monopoly until I was about 23. I had the same strategy then as I do now: buy up the browns and blues, build hotels and pray not to land on anything expensive!
When themed boards started to come out many years back, my dad began selling them in his store. Given my then-boyfriend’s interest in board games, we rapidly acquired a New England and a Mountaineering edition. Even though my husband’s lack of interest in the general premise of the game keeps us from playing it as our game of choice, I watch with keen interest to see what is coming up next. We’re Scrabble and Cribbage people for the most part.
I’m keen on the Doctor Who edition, which is to be a short run, and is already selling at $99 on Amazon; even with my family connections I may never see a copy. Now there are two more editions in the works, one of which I have no interest in — the other, well, that depends on what language you speak. While I have no real desire to play a Futurama version of the game, I am very intrigued by the bi-lingual limited edition Klingon version. That’s right, bi-lingual. The collector’s edition will be available on November 17th and only 1,701 copies are being made, so again, I doubt that I will get to play. Pre-ordering has been taking place since September 1st, and when all copies are ordered, there will be no more.
Two years ago, my sister in law brought us the Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive Video Board game and we haul it out for anyone willing to curse in Klingon every few turns. It’s hilarious. Now to up the ante, I can’t wait to see what “properties” will get me the most darsek.