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Monopoly set for modern makeover as fans invited to vote for new Community Chest cards

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Fans are being invited to vote for the 16 new cards as the board game’s manufacturers try to make it more relevant for today’s players. It means cash prizes for finishing second in a beauty contest and the get out of jail card are being axed. Among the potential replacements are bonuses for rescuing puppies, shopping locally or helping your neighbours.

Anne Leonhardi, of US makers Hasbro, said: “Since Monopoly became a household name more than 85 years ago, the world has changed and embraced a new sense of community, particularly after the unprecedented year of 2020.

“This year is the perfect time to give fans across the country the chance to show what community means to them through voting on the new set of Community Chest cards.”

Hasbro bosses want the classic cards, which dish out either prizes or penalties, to reflect the fact that community has become more important than ever during the pandemic.

Other cards heading for the scrap heap include the ones involving paying for school fees and receiving income tax refunds.

Fans will be able to vote for the 16 new cards online. The “refreshed” version of the game launches this autumn.

 

Ms Leonhardi called for fans to vote for 16 out of the 32 card options based on the ones “that best represent you and your ­community”.

A portion of the cards were slightly modernised in 2008, but this is the first time fans will get to decide on the cards – and the first time all of them are being changed at once.

The game has already been updated in other ways down the years.

Hasbro has previously announced that packaging for its new toys and games will be mostly plastic-free by the end of 2022. The Monopoly houses and hotels will still be made of plastic but there will be no plastic packaging from next year, it said.

Monopoly was first manufactured in 1935, by Parker Brothers in the US and Waddingtons in the UK. It is now sold in 114 countries around the world.

Visit monopolycommunitychest.com between now and April 9 to cast your vote on the new cards.



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