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Monopoly replaces thimble game piece in new design

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The toy company Hasbro is removing the thimble from the popular family game Monopoly.

The toy company Hasbro is removing the thimble from the popular family game Monopoly.

IMAGE / Mr. Rich Brooks / flickr

IMAGE / Mr. Rich Brooks / flickr

The toy company Hasbro is removing the thimble from the popular family game Monopoly.

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Last month, Hasbro toy company held a worldwide contest asking fans of the Monopoly board game to vote on eight game tokens for the new generation.

Hasbro decided a change was due and launched their “Monopoly Token Madness” campaign. The campaign gave fans a chance to vote on game pieces, including the eight original game pieces and over 50 new choices.

While some of the classic game pieces like the cat and the boot will be included in new versions of the game, the thimble has been voted out of the lineup. The thimble has been an iconic piece of the board game since its release in 1935.

The inventor of Monopoly, Elizabeth Magie, made the game popular among friends in the early 1900s. At the time, the game went by the name of  “The Landlord’s Game,” and it was meant to demonstrate the negative aspects of land monopoly and land value taxes.

Magie was granted a patent for the game on Jan. 5, 1904.

I like playing Monopoly because it’s a good way to bring my family together.”

— Kaylee Hill, junior

Since its release, the game has become a classic and is entertaining people all over the country.

Junior Kaylee Hill enjoys playing the game with her family.

“I like playing Monopoly because it’s a good way to bring my family together,” Hill said. “It’s a fun game that takes time, so it keeps our interest. It’s fun to see how everyone gets so serious over it.”

With advancing technology, a popular version of the game is “Monopoly: Ultimate Banking.” This version uses “an all-in-one Ultimate Banking unit” and instead of using dollar bills, each player uses a credit card.

Buying property, earning money from other players, and visiting the jailhouse are all part of the game that has entertained generation after generation.

Players start off the game with $1,500 and have the chance to invest their money in different places such as hotels and boardwalks.

It’s easy to lose money though. You may draw a chance card that says to give money to another player or go to jail where you have to give up the colorful bills you’ve collected throughout the game in order to get out of jail.

Even with the change of game pieces, people still plan on playing the game.

Sophomore Nick Williams isn’t bothered by the change.

“I didn’t mind (that the thimble has been dropped). It doesn’t make a difference,” Williams said. “It’s still a fun family game.”

The featured image in this story is from flickr.

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