Yearning for a trip around the world? Longing to visit Istanbul, Tokyo, Cape Town – or in my case, Kyiv? Here’s your chance … and you won’t even suffer jet lag.
Every traveler probably knows the game “Monopoly” – that seemingly endless board game we all loved or hated as kids? Well, it’s gone global. The new Monopoly World Edition takes players on a whirlwind trip across six continents.
But you’re probably wondering why in the world I’m even interested. You may remember that when we planned our excursion to the Baltic countries I divulged my childhood romantic memories of “Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues” – the purple cheap seats on Monopoly – and how they launched me on an adult quest to visit those regions.
So when we decided to visit the Ukraine and started our research, one term that continued to pop up on any Google search (other than Chicken Kyiv) was “Monopoly.” Huh?
Turns out that Kyiv was a rockstar in Hasbro’s recent voting for 22 cities to go on their new World Edition game. Who knew!
HOW DID KYIV MAKE THE CUT?
The online voting was conducted over 6 weeks. More than 5.6 million votes were cast to choose 20 winners from a list of 70 cities worldwide. Then voters were invited to write in 2 more cities. You may be wondering how Kyiv pulled it off.
“We gathered a small group of active people who started
a campaign on the Internet and later more people joined us,
spreading information about the campaign among Ukrainians
living in Ukraine and abroad.”
–Mykola Malukha, Kyiv journalist who headed the campaign.
Ahh, the power of the internet.
HOW ABOUT A LITTLE WORLD MONOPOLY TRIVIA
What color is Kyiv on the board?
Magenta, along with Istanbul and Toronto. In the US version, Kyiv is the equivalent of States Avenue – a very small street that still exists today in Atlantic City, New Jersey (the inspiration for the original game). In the UK version it’s the equivalent of Whitehall.
What’s the symbol for Kyiv?
Each city’s square on the board also includes an image of something that symbolizes the city. For Kyiv, the beautiful column in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) topped with a statue of Berehynia (the protector of Ukraine) was chosen as the icon of Kyiv.
She is their symbol of independence, and the column was erected on the site of the former Lenin monument.
What are the new international cities on the board?
Here are the 22 cities that earned spots on the game board of Monopoly World Edition, listed in order of votes earned. Each property grouping with the highest-rent properties is listed first.
Montreal and Riga have taken the place of Boardwalk and Park Place (Mayfair and Park Lane in the UK version).
The final two write-in cities, chosen for the low-rent brown (previously purple)spaces wound up being Taipei and Gdynia. They’re the Baltic and Mediterranean avenues of the new Monopoly.
Are there still Utilities and Railroads on the board?
The utilities have gone green: Solar and Wind Energy replace the good ol’ Electric Company and Water Works.
Railroads are joined by modern transportation – Air, Space, and Cruise Lines.
What about Chance and Community Chest Cards?
Players explore the world through the updated Chance and Community Chest cards. You can celebrate Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, organize Munich’s traditional Christmas market, host a St. Patrick’s Day festival in Dublin, or discover which country has the most bicycles.
What are the game pieces?
As a kid, my favorite game piece was always the little dog. My sisters knew to keep their hands off the pooch.
But the new World Edition game pieces are a traveler’s dream come true. From tuk-tuks and safari hats to windmills and kangaroos! I’m in heaven.
Hotels and motels have now been transformed into building such as pyramids, yurts, pagodas and distinctive skyscrapers. What bliss for anyone with a traveler’s soul.
Show me the money!
Gone are the days of pastel currency – Electronic Banking has come to the Monopoly World. The new game uses its own currency unit, the “Monopolonian” (their version of the Euro) designated by M. It comes in thousands and millions, but there are no physical notes. All transactions take place in the “Electronic Banker.”
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So I did the tally, and of these 22 cities, we have visited 15. What about you? Which of these cities have you visited … and could someone please tell me how to pronounce Gdynia. Thanks!
P.S. If you want to see what launched this whole Monopoly mania, check out Monopoly: Gotta Love Baltic Avenue.
1. By Matthew Hull
2, 3, 5. Courtesy of Hasbro
4. By NympheCarna via Wikimedia Commons