09:03AM, Thursday 28 January 2016
It has been entertaining families for more than 80 years and is estimated to have been played by more than one billion players worldwide.
London has one, cats have had one, even One Direction have jumped on the board game bandwagon, and now it could be the turn of Windsor to have its very own Monopoly board.
The games giant announced today it is on the search to find the most ‘beautiful’ location in the Home Counties.
Six locations have been shortlisted to appear on a new edition of the game which will see 22 customised property sites swapping places with the likes of Mayfair and Park Lane from the Monopoly original.
The locations span each of the six counties bordering Greater London with people being asked to vote for their favourite.
They are; Windsor, Marlow, Cranbrook, Guildford, Epping Forest and St Albans.
Voting starts today with the results to be announced in spring.
The winning town will then feature on a new version of the game which would hit the shelves in October.
The customised game would also include tailor made chance and community chest cards and the four train stations being given a travel theme – which could include Eton Bridge for example.
Custom games development executive at Winning Moves UK, Jamie Lamont, who is behind the new game, said: “The factors that will decide are two-fold. Firstly the strength of popular feeling and pride for a particular place. Secondly, the diversity and beauty of potential landmarks to fill the board.
“So it’s in effect a beauty contest - to borrow a celebrated Monopoly phrase, with the only difference being there is no prize for coming second, just first.
Votes should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by traditional post to Home Counties Monopoly, Winning Moves UK, 7 Praed Street, London W2 1NP.
Polls close at midnight on March 18.
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