I have very fond memories of playing the game of Monopoly as a child and as an adult. It is truly a game for all ages. I loved the board, the cards, the money, the hotels and houses and those tokens that traveled around the board. The big debate was always which one would you get? Was it the racecar, the dog or the top hat?
Hasbro has announced that they are trying to update the current list of tokens by bringing in one new one. The tokens that come in a box today are: iron, battleship, dog, racecar, top hat, wheelbarrow, shoe and thimble. The company has decided to retire (that is the polite word for kicking one of them out) one token to make room for a new one. One of these guys is going to jail, and no card will help them. And guess what? The people get to decide what new token is added by voting on Facebook.
Here are the five possibilities for the new token: cat, diamond ring, guitar, toy robot and helicopter. Remember, one comes in and one has to come out.
I wondered about the Dutch version of Monopoly. It arrived in The Netherlands in 1961. The American version has been around for almost 80 years. The Dutch game is naturally all in Dutch, with Dutch streets and towns. Everything is in Dutch and it looks basically the same. And they not only have the same 8 tokens, they even have two extra: a horse and a spinning wheel.
I thought that it would be fun for every country to come up with their own tokens, instead of the standard ones from America. For The Netherlands, I am suggesting: a cow, windmill, wheel of cheese, wooden shoe, ice skate, umbrella, bicycle and tulips. Have the tokens reflect the culture of that country.
I asked our 12 year old daughter what new tokens would she add to the current list and here are her suggestions for this great American game: a cheeseburger, a flag, Statue of Liberty, President Obama, the White House and Hillary Clinton. I like the way she thinks.
Recommended viewing: this is the movie awards season, so I will be posting a lot about movies, I think. Just saw a wonderful film starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor called THE IMPOSSIBLE. This has a great cast and amazing special effects. But this is also a film with a terrific heart.