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board game: Millionaire

W. M. Sessions1942

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester , United States

An English board game made in 1942 resembles Parker Brothers' famous Monopoly game in several ways. Players compete traversing the game board and are awarded or must pay out sums of money, and the first to reach 1 million pounds (although dollars work just as well) is the game's winner. Also like Monopoly, one player is named to control the finances in the game at the beginning. Unlike Monopoly, player movement is guided by drawing cards, while funds are controlled by spaces landed on and by the random choice, at the game's start of each player's pawn. These named pawns each have a starting "home" square, and each accumulates wealth differently. The humorous names are worth noting: Spendthrift, Miser, Silver Spoon, Opportunist, Plodder, Lazy One, and Self-Made. The game is, perhaps, a commentary on post-depression optimism.

Details

  • Title: board game: Millionaire
  • Creator: W. M. Sessions
  • Date Created: 1942
  • Location: York, England
  • Subject Keywords: wealth
  • Type: Board Games
  • Medium: printed paper, cardstock, cardboard

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