Familiar names for Aucklanders in new version of Monopoly
The Auckland version of Monopoly is getting a provisional thumbs up from one of the game’s true champions.
Auckland’s edition of the 77-year-old board game was unveiled yesterday.
Well-known London sites have been brushed off the board to make way for locations like the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Motat and Wynyard Quarter.
The Sky Tower has taken the place of Mayfair as the game’s most expensive property.
Karangahape Rd also features, but has been mispelled ‘‘Karanghape Rd’’. The game’s manufacturers hope to fix the error in the next round of production.
Monopoly whiz Geoff Christopher’s 15 minutes of fame came in October 2009 when he reached the final of the World Monopoly Championships after winning the New Zealand title.
Mr Christopher, aka the Nimble Thimble, lived in Grey Lynn at the time.
He lost the world final held at Las Vegas’ famed Caesars Palace hotel to 19-year-old Norwegian Bjorn Halvard Knappskog.
‘‘The final was crazy. They put on a $20,000 bar tab for the after party, which kind of sums it up, and there were all these cameras everywhere filming for different networks and documentaries.’’
Mr Christopher doesn’t play often these days but says he would be willing to give it a go.
‘‘It’s a fresh approach to a historic game, it could be quite interesting.’’
The 29-year-old agrees with the move by the game’s manufacturer Winning Moves to make most of the properties on the board well known locales like the Stardome, Harbour Bridge, and Wynyard Quarter rather than streets.
‘‘I think some people maybe get more attached to a place street.’’
He says he would have liked to see the Viaduct make it in.
‘‘With all those bars, I wouldn’t mind owning it.’’
The Auckland version of Monopoly will go on sale on November 1.
Pass go: New Zealand Monopoly champion Geoff Christopher says the new Auckland version of the game is a fresh approach to a historic game.