Real Monopoly money

From the Guardian:

Monopoly maker secretly includes real money in special edition of game
Hasbro has produced versions of the boardgame with Monopoly money replaced with real cash

Unfortunately, when you read on you find out this is only in France. Shame on you, Hasbro!

There can’t be a Monopoly fan in the world who has not dreamed of one day playing the game with real money.

Hold on a minute. I don’t remember that dream…

Now, for the 80th anniversary of Monopoly’s first appearance in France, manufacturers are providing exactly that – at least for 80 lucky buyers.

Only one set will land the major jackpot, in which every game note is replaced by real money – for a total windfall of 20,580 euros ($23,268).

In addition, 10 sets will contain five real 20-euro notes, two 50-euro notes and one 100-euro note.

A lesser prize can be scooped in 69 sets, which will have five 10-euro notes and five 20-euro notes.

“We wanted to do something unique,” said Florence Gaillard, brand manager at Hasbro France, which rolled out the prize sets from Monday.

By way of confession, please note it doesn’t matter to me; no matter how much money they put in sets for sale in Israel, I’m not buying any!

Read all of the nearly naked dressing up of a press release, here.

Science in Monopoly

From the 25 August 2012 edition of the New Scientist:

Monopoly measures more than money

Spaces round the Monopoly board always progress from shabby neighbourhoods to swanky locales. Now Marie Friberger at Malmo University in Sweden and Julian Togelius at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark have written software that lets users design their own board based on social differences. Using open source data from the UK government, people can assign a weighting to different statistics, allowing them to create a board in which areas with high levels of volunteering stand in for traditionally richer streets, for example, and vice versa. The idea will be presented at the Computational Intelligence and Games conference in Granada, Spain, next month.

Interesting idea. I hope they have cleared it with Hasbro, because there are one or two intellectual property rights questions that this raises.

[The online version of the article has slightly more detail. See here.]