You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in South Africa that hasn’t devoted hours, if not whole weeks, to playing the legendary game of Monopoly. Only for far too long, we’ve been buying and trading on completely foreign territory, building houses in far-off places, like on Fleet Street or Trafalgar Square.
The launch of the Cape Town version of the board at the V&A Waterfront on 13 November is bringing the game much, much closer to home. Now locals can traverse their own city, setting up properties on Robben Island, Groot Constantia and other major landmarks that they themselves selected through a voting system. And this obviously makes an already ridiculously popular pastime that much more meaningful.
Of course Capetonians don’t need to be told how incredible their city is, but it does build pride to know that the folk over at Monopoly see the Mother City as worthy of having its very own dedicated board. Plus, it’s just very satisfying to see the names of the streets you drive down and the attractions you pass on a regular basis on one of the world’s most loved games (apparently, the board also makes reference to certain local idiosyncrasies, like old Eskom and its load-shedding).
Cape Town is the very first of all the South African cities to have a regional edition, but Dan Taylor, Head of Monopoly at Winning Moves, has been quoted as saying that the other South African cities might be getting their own versions within the next three years.
For now though, we can all delight in paying income tax and going straight to jail on Cape Town territory.
If you’re keen to get your hands on the game from 13 November onwards, you can buy one from The Big Box board games café in Cape Town’s CBD. But do it now; the venue only has 200 limited edition units and it’s predicted that they’ll sell out in a week. The game costs R599 and can also be bought online via thebigbox.co.za – they deliver nationwide.
Otherwise, you can always visit the cafe to just play the new game and get a feel for it. From 2pm on Friday 13 November until 5pm on Saturday 14 November, the shop is hosting a marathon Mother City Monopoly-playing session and everyone is invited.