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Monday, September 22, 2014

MyMonopoly Makes It Hard To Say No to 'That Property'!

**I received a MyMonopoly game board as a member of BzzAgent. I was in no way required to share on my blog, consider the following my genuine and honest thoughts. Copyright Momma Told Me 2014.
My Monopoly allows players to print and stick photo tiles on a custom game board.
Momma Told Me: It's your game, make your own rules.

True story, I did not learn how to play Monopoly until I was 16 and spending the Summer with my first sweetheart's family in Rhode Island. Why are these details important? Well, anyone who's ever played the gripping game of Monopoly (Disney Anniversary edition was my learning ground) knows that details do matter. Especially when it comes to House Tules- and this family had a lot of them! In fact, it may be safe to say I never really learned how to play Monopoly, because everywhere I encountered it since had their own slew of special circumstances and pre-determined perks. For instance, does your house double down when you land on Go? Does the youngest automatically get a player's hand when they fold, or does the bank?
A lot of the finer scruples of the game are up for debate, but the general spirit remains; after all, how many board games will you refuse to let die as it enters into it's 4th hour? And fewer board games have been licensed, or imitated, in as many themes and forms as Monopoly. Heck, part of the fun of the game is that every family member has their favorite cartoon character, or geekdom, board hidden in the closet. The real fun starts when the Death Star property makes it's way into The Simpsons board while playing with My Little Pony tokens! And that's the premise behind My Monopoly- for $15 you can print the included stickers and create your own spaces and tokens as unique as your family.
My Monopoly board game, 'Pulled Over For Speeding' Chance Card
The concept is simple, and it's hard to gripe with the price, but there are some exceptions to the awesomeness of the idea. For starters, do not expect to sit down and have this board ready to play in an hour. It's likely you will spend a few hours slaving over the printing process and selection photos. My Monopoly has created an online landing page for users to create free accounts and select/edit photos for their space and player tokens. Unfortunately, while Instagram was an option, Instagram would not give me the option to connect so I had to week through thousands of Facebook Wall photos or upload my own. Next, the printing process is near impossible to align, even with the very simple instructions. I suggest you change your printing scale percentage by 5%, down from 100%, and print your sample sheet on plain paper before using one of the 8 included sheets.
My Monopoly allows players to print and stick photo tiles on a custom game board.
In the end from unboxing to sticking the clocked time was 2 hours 45 minutes- something well worth it if you are creating a Monopoly to commemorate a celebration such as a wedding or 50th birthday, but not so much for general family play. My best suggestion, choose some real meaningful photos, and let your kids decorate/draw on the stickers for the remainder spaces/stickers. I also quickly realized that the stickers we placed on the special Chance/Community Chest cards covered the actual card reasoning (ie: Doctor's Bill, Building Loan Matures,) so DO use the MyMonopoly editing browser to add text to images you intent on putting on those cards. Go crazy, create your own events and ocassions!
My Monopoly allows players to print and stick photo tiles on a custom game board.
In general, the affordable nature of this cool concept is evident in some more 'affordable' design options made by the brand; you will only get 4 token holders in your box and need to 'borrow' from other boards if you play with more than 4, the stickers would use a glossy finish or clear sticker cover to protect from water damage/scuffing/fading during play, and you will want to keep all the 'property' tiles in a bag when the game is in storage or I suspect they will disappear as fast as that final puzzle piece. One thing we DID especially like about the 'tile' format of the custom properties is that a player could 'collect' the tole when they bought it, making it easier to immediately tell whether a property was owned or still up for sale.
My Monopoly allows players to print and stick photo tiles on a custom game board.My Monopoly allows players to print and stick photo tiles on a custom game board.
So the main point? You really can't complain for the price of this customizable board game. Whether you're grabbing one to make as a 'commemorative' keepsake for a lifetime event, or just to have a little more fun with a beloved family game, it's worth it. Just don't beat yourself up if the photos don't print exactly center on the stickers or a property mysteriously goes missing. However, if you're a mother, do expect, anytime you play you will feel the guilt of being expected to buy any properties your kids are on or involved in! It makes strategy just a little harder! MyMonopoly is in stores such as Walmart and Toys R' Us nationwide, and online at Amazon.

What Daughter Says: MyMonopoly brings new meaning to 'house rules'!

20 comments:

  1. So instead of buying Baltic Ave. you can buy Truffles St? I can see where you would not want just anyone to own that! What a clever conceit

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  2. We have a couple different versions of Monopoly, but haven't seen this one! Very cool!

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  3. That looks like so much fun and makes it even better cause it fits your family more.

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  4. We have a number of different versions of Monopoly. I was really irritated at one point, because there was always a lost piece (but I found out that you can buy replacement parts directly from the company. This version is really cool. What a great family gift this would make for Christmas. I could customize for each family on my list. I love it!

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  5. Love this new version of Monopoly and how much you can customize it to your family. This would make a great Christmas gift for several family members this year.

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  6. WHAT?! I didn't know this existed! I have some friends who are crazy about Monopoly and this would make a GREAT gift for them!

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  7. That is very neat! What a fun way to encourage family play!

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  8. Ha! i saw this game at the Hasboro event in Chicago, but I didn't think that it would take so long to put it together, but I guess that makes sense

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  9. What a fun addition to an already awesome game!

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  10. Wouldn't this be great fun for a wedding present? Remembering this one! No wait, I'll pin it to my gifts board!!

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  11. My favorite board game growing up was monopoly and being able to customize the game it just wonderful. Monopoly has different versions out there, but this is a really cool one.

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  12. OMG! This awesome, I would love to have my own My Monopoly set. Very good marketing idea, I must add.

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  13. This is a really clever idea. I'm thinking about a Monopoly game peopled -ha!- by all the pets I've loved, or by ridiculous bands. The Bay City Rollers take Saturday Night Street!

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  14. I like the original monopoly. So many different versions of games nowadays. Sometimes the orginal is best!

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  15. WOW!! look At THAT. THE KIDS WOULD HAVE A RIOT WITH THIS. LOVE IT:)

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  16. This personal monopoly looks super cool! It's a good idea to make a great Christmas gift my my family!
    Thank You for the review

    Fiona N

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  17. We have several version of Monopoly, but I have never seen this one before, so thanks for sharing it! I will be adding it to our collection as it is really cool!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  18. This would be a terrific gift for anyone that likes playing Monopoly.

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