Monopoly Dice Roll through Generations

Erica Stapleton

Updated 7 months ago

Building property on Boardwalk and Park Place only costs a few hundred dollars – as long as you don’t go directly to jail.

These terms are symbolic to Monopoly.  The classic game was first released in 1935.

“For people our age and maybe even older, it’s kind of a throwback to the old times when people spent time together,” says Jan Maillet, who plays at the Hammond Street Senior Center.

“It gives us something to do while we’re talking.”

At this point, there are hundreds of special editions out

“I play the original game, no changes,” says Steve Gilman, another player at the Senior Center.  “If they have the new ones out with changes, I don’t play it.”

Luckily for Steve, older versions have survived the generations.

“This game came out in World War II and we know that because there’s no metal anywhere. All of the pieces – everything is made of wood.”

Even kids today are playing this legendary board game – although some aspects might have been lost in translation.

“For chance, you pick up this card and you get to take a chance,” says John Vickery at Bangor Parks & Recreation Center. “If you lose your money, that’s bad. But if you get more money and you get to do something like go to the boardwalk or anything, it’s good.”

“We’re learning how to play the game,” say Paige Blackwell and Faith Ashton.

“You just roll the dice and keep it going. Sort of like Candy Land.”

“It’s really fun because you get paid.”

“When you’re playing, you can do it however you want,” says Madison Miller, another student at Bangor Parks & Rec.

Even so, the game is a reminder of reality for everyone.

“It’s a little bit like life. It’s probably what makes it so enjoyable.”

Some believe that March 7th, 1933 was when Monopoly was first invented.


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