Monopoly Classic 1935 Reproduction

I recently purchased the 1935 classic Monopoly set.  I really needed a new one because I played the game so much with my old one that it was falling apart.  I thought that this one would be cool to have for a change and I assumed that the board would look pretty much the same.  And ok, there were no major differences between this and a regular set of Monopoly, but one thing really got on my nerves.  This was that it said to pay $300 or 10% on Income Tax.  The first time I played with the new set, I followed that rule.  Yes, it does take away more money from the game, but your assets are usually over $2000 and not collect the $200 from GO.

The things about this edition that I like: The houses are made from wood!  I saw this edition at the store and saw the houses, I knew I had to have it.  The tokens also look different, the car looks like a car from the 1930’s.  Most of the tokens are different, and if you are like me who has one token that they have to play with, move it from your old set over to this one.  I was surprised to see that there was no dog in this set, so I still use my old rusty one to play with. 

The pictures on the Chance and Community Chest cards are also different because there was no Mr.Monopoly cartoon at the time!  He wasn’t out untill recent editions.  There is also one mistake I would like to point out.  Marvin Garden’s first rent is $22 not $24.  Yet all the other prices are the same.  Oh, and there are absolutely no prices written on the board for any of the properties.  The instructions say to look at the mortgage value of the property and double it to find out the price.  But if you know all the prices in the game like I do, the people you are playing with will (a) be shocked at your Monopoly knowledge or (b) think you are either crazy or a total Monopoly geek for knowing such pointless information. 

The game also comes with a cute brochure about Monopoly’s history.  So for about double the cost of a regular Monopoly set, you get a higher quality one.  I really enjoy playing with this new set, if you play a lot it is worth the money because it will last you a lot longer than a regular one (all the paper is more durable). 

I also started a YouTube channel last week about Monopoly.  I will be making new videos every Sunday or Monday about the game.  The channel is  I have one video so far, 40 Facts about Monopoly

So check out my video and have fun playing this edition of Monopoly!


January 17, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Calopoly is a limited addition collectable Monopoly game that was made for the University of California Berkeley’s alumni, students and friends.  I received one of these Monopoly editions as a present from a family friend.  He gave this specific edition to my family and I because my parents are both graduates of UC Berkeley.  My family and I played this game on Wednesday and found it very amusing.  The properties are all named after buildings on the campus, UC Berkeley is a huge school so it has more than enough buildings to name the 22 color property spaces on the board.  The Railroads were named after streets on campus and the Utilities were named Sorority/Fraternity row.  The Chance cards were called Contingency while the Community Chest cards were called Campus Mail.  Jail was home that you went to for Academic Probation.  Luxury Tax was a Car Fine and Income Tax was Increased Tuition.  Free Parking was Spring Break.  The tokens were various textbooks.  Houses were Credits and Hotels were Diplomas.

Rule Changes:

The rule changes in this game were very bazar.  The first was the fact that all tokens started in the center of the board.  The person who rolled the highest number would then move counting Go as 1 and moving forward.  This game also started out with $1200.  This game was played with the rule of Free Parking.  One of the strangest rules was the fact that you could not pay to get out of jail right away.  You had to wait 3 turns and then whatever you rolled on the 3rd roll you moved, paying $100 if it was not a double.  You also had to pay 15% to unmortgage properties but we didn’t play with that rule because it was too hard to calculate and we always forgot. 

What I like about this game:

By far the best part of this game is the Contingency cards.  They say things like “Advance any token to any space of your choice”  and “Lose 2 turns” and “All Campus Party! All tokens advance to Fraternity Row”.  While these cards completely violate traditional rules of the Monopoly game, they are really funny.  We were laughing so hard every time a Contingency card was drawn that it almost made up for the fact that the game rules made no sense. 

What I didn’t like about the game:

I don’t like that the colors of groups were changed.  The prices were messed up as well, the first 2 properties in a group were $10 less than they should have been and the last property was $10 more.  I don’t really like rule changes in general, but it was interesting to play with a completely different set of rules, so I had to change my strategy.

By the way, despite everything, I still won the game!

P.S. Sorry if you cant see the pictures

January 1, 2010. Uncategorized. 2 comments.