“I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.” — Steven Wright, Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker and Comedian
Today is National Play Monopoly Day — whether you play as the dog, the race car or the battleship, today is perfect for gathering around the table with friends or family and playing this all-time classic board game. Inventor Charles Darrow’s iconic game about buying and selling property was seemingly inspired by designer Lizzie Magie’s “Landlord’s Game”, a board game very similar to “Monopoly” that could be played two ways — an anti-monopolist version in which all players were rewarded when one succeeded, and the monopolist version that was survival of the fittest, the version we all know and love (it is, after all, an American game). Despite Magie patenting her unique board game in 1903, Darrow would sell the core of her game as “Monopoly” to Parker Brothers three decades later, becoming a millionaire in the process. In the eight decades since its debut in 1935, “Monopoly” has sold more than 27 million copies and has been translated into 47 languages — play one of the game’s 1,144 versions today and celebrate National Play Monopoly Day!