The Landlord Game

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The Landlord Game by verbalshadow Nov 22, 2012



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This is my birthday present to the world.

The Landlord Game is my attempt to free the Board game Monopoly. The Patent on the game (and it precessors like "The Landlord's Game") has long since expired. However the length of the copyright means that the owner still has a firm control over how people can gain access to this classic game. To fix this problem I decided to create a new board and assorted cards free from all of the IP issues. My board design is inspired by both the orginal patent designs for both Monoply and The Landlord's Game. Using Only Black and White to be sure that it can be printed and used by as many people as possible. Throw in a dash of the modern/older ages and we are almost there. There are a few difference between Monoply and The Landlord Game.

The differences:

The game is designed to be accessible to players of all ages and skill level. I way I do this is using multiples the easiest skill is 1x this is designed for the youngest players. What I call the Normal level is 11x this should provide a typical players a great game. The last is called Big Money and it multiple is 103x and should provide a longer harder game. This multiple is represented on the board and cards as x. i.e. "City Tax - Pay $7x" at 1x/11x/103x the amounts are $7/$77/$721. Of course you are free to use any other multiple you want.

Attribution Instructions:
Joshua L. Blocher [email protected]


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I'm confused. Why free Monopoly? It's not as though Parker Brothers is abusing their exclusive rights to the game. They've never taken it out of print, it's never been priced unfairly, and I can only find one example of them suing anyone over it (and that wasn't even a game, it was a parody by a senate candidate)

 Because Parker Brothers stole the game in the first place. It was not owned by anyone and they knew it when they locked up the rights on it.

A number of reasons.

  1. The patent was very questionable to begin with.
  2. I want to make it so my kids could play on the same board.
  3. Easy to print replacements no need to buy replacements which could mean in some cases like the playing board buying a whole new game. (I have done this multiple times)
  4. I like the FOSS movement.
  5. It's my birthday and I want to make the world better even if only by a tiny bit.
  6. Programmers now have the art need to make FOSS Clones of monoply with at least decent art.

I don't think that Parker Brother is unfair in their pricing but the game existed before Darrow sold it to them. Simply put this game was Public Domain before it was stolen from us.

This is my solution to that.

Thanks for making this available! I'm intrigued to experience the original game, and will post a writeup to my site http://thisgame.cothisgame.co after I've tried it out.