Star Wars Monopoly: yes, grown-ups play it!

I have just returned from a meeting of the Melbourne Science Fiction Club, (the oldest science fiction club in the Southern Hemisphere) where the club had a “board games” night. I ended up on a table playing – you guessed it – Star Wars Monopoly.

Princess Leia

Star Wars Monopoly is much like real Monopoly. Instead of Park Lane and various locations around London, you buy properties from the Star Wars films. You can have Tatooine, Endor, or the Imperial Palace. Instead of houses, you buy little replicas of the Millennium Falcon to put on your properties and collect more rent. And yes, these were adults I was playing with.  The characters you move around the board can include Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and R2D2. I just had a crummy old Imperial Storm Trooper. I haven’t played Monopoly for 40 years, but soon remembered you have to keep a balance between buying properties and having enough cash on hand to pay the rent when you land on someone else’s properties. You can be asset rich but cash poor, and that’s not a good position to be in. I noticed that it’s “go to jail”, not “go to gaol”, and I wondered: did the original Monopoly have British or American spellings?

On another table, people were playing chess with Star Wars figures. The King was the Emperor, and Darth Vader was the Queen. That took some figuring out. Why wouldn’t Leia be the queen? I also noticed that one of my fellow players had a “Lord of the Rings” wedding ring. He had the elvish inscription about “one ring to bind them all” engraved on his band.

It was an odd night, and bought back childhood memories of playing with another family in my neighbourhood. My friend’s little brother got very upset  when he discovered  that someone had given him three tens for a fifty because he was too young to read the numbers and do the arithmetic. When he complained to his mother, she ordered the game closed down and everyone was sent home.

So what about you? Have you  ever played  a grown-up kids game? What was it ? What memories did it bring back?.


4 thoughts on “Star Wars Monopoly: yes, grown-ups play it!”

  1. When I was a kid we used to play Risk for hours on end. Of course it took hours on end to finish that game! Star Wars Monopoly sounds like a good time. We have The Beatles Monopoly at our house. My boys recently “discovered” the Beatles and Beatles cover bands. It could be worse, we could be listening to Alice Cooper instead.

  2. We have Star Wars Monopoly. We have yet to free it from its packaging. We’ve had it for years. We really should make time for games. 😦 Before we had kids we used to go to a big game night with friends. I remember getting into a game of Risk. It went on for hours and I was one of the last ones standing. At that point I just wanted someone to destroy me and take my land so that I could go home. Guess my happy game face only lasts so long. LOL I like to play Candyland with the kiddo so I can cheat and win! Just kidding. 😀

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