20 August 2008

Monopoly World Version -- Sydney Rules!

Monopoly was one of the board games that I really enjoyed playing as a kid. It is probably because I was born into a family of competitive siblings in which no quarter was ever given. Perhaps I just enjoyed grinding my younger brother and sister into the make believe financial abyss.

The world version of the game is set to be released on 26 August. However, most everyone knows what cities made the cut and it is now time for the 22 cities that did to enjoy some bragging rights. Sydney is the only Australian city to make the grade. This is a point that the increasingly unpopular Premier of NSW has been making over the last 24 hours or so. It is sad that the Premier has to resort to a board game to try and revive his flagging popularity.

It is interesting that Sydney has ranked alongside New York and London. Interesting, not because it does not deserve to be there, but rather it could have been in so many other possible combinations. The 22 successful cities were chosen after a vote conducted in 58 countries throughout the world and more than five million votes were cast.

The cities that made the cut are Montreal, Riga, Capetown, Belgrade, Paris, Jerusalem, Hong Kong, Beijing, London, New York, Vancouver, Shanghai, Rome, Toronto, Kyiv (Kiev), Istanbul, Athens, Barcelona, Tokyo, Taipei, Gdynia (Gdansk), and Sydney.

The World Edition includes some changes to the monopoly of old that we used to play as kids. The main changes are that the homes and hotels reflect architectural themes and icons from the cities included. There is also a new currency but hopefully it is not the Euro.

The 22 cities:

Dark blue - Montreal, Riga

Green - Capetown, Belgrade, Paris

Yellow - Jerusalem, Hong Kong, Beijing

Red - London, New York, Sydney

Orange - Vancouver, Shanghai, Rome

Magenta - Toronto, Kyiv (Kiev), Istanbul

Light blue - Athens, Barcelona, Tokyo

Brown - Taipei, Gdynia (Gdansk)

16 comments:

Gracia Girsang said...

hi..

sorry this is not a comment but a question.

i was just wondering how to get the layout. i mean most blogspot layout doesnt spread wide like your, e.g your carpe diem indonesia blog is not spread wide.

i just started blogging and curious.

thanks

rima fauzi said...

shucks, neither brussels or jakarta is in there..
im disappointed...

therry said...

If they can't put Jakarta, at least put Bali in, right? :P

Rob Baiton said...

Therry...

Denpasar? Or is Bali now like Singapore a city island or is it island city?

:D

Rob Baiton said...

Rima...

Disappointed? Really?

You could always make your own version :D

kaczjatar said...

Gdynia and GdaƄsk it isn't this same city.

Rob Baiton said...

Gracia...

I don't think I did anything special! I just chose one of the standard templates and this is how it is.

I am an amateur in terms of creating and manipulating templates and stuff.

Rob Baiton said...

Kaczjatar...

I would have guessed that because Gdansk is in brackets that it is the same city as Gdynia!

However, not knowing too much about Poland required that I look it up. They are not the same city but rather part of a conurbation with the town of Sopot and other urban communities. Together they form a metropolitan area know as Tricity.

I learned something today :D

the writer said...

I start to wonder about your whereabouts, Rob.

Two days passed and no posts in my Google reader from you? :P

Rob Baiton said...

Writer One...

No reason other than being too lazy!

But it is nice to know that someone notices :D

therry said...

Lots of people know Bali, but they don't know Denpasar.

Some people even think Bali is a country, and not a part of Indonesia ;)

Rob Baiton said...

Therry...

I know this to be true.

There were plenty of Australians, prior to the bombings in Bali, who if you asked them had they ever been to Indonesia they would answer, no! But then go on to say that they had been to Bali.

This has changed now.

I am sure that this is similar for other groups of tourists as well.

Oh well...

therry said...

LOL. At least some part of Indonesia is famous, right? :)

Rob Baiton said...

yep!

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