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Cus­tom­ized Monopoly board games fea­tur­ing area cities have hit Wal­mart shelves.

Ever wanted to own a piece of Pismo Beach or Santa Maria?

This is your chance: Cus­tom Monopoly games for each city have hit shelves at Wal­mart.

The cus­tom­ized board games were made by Late for the Sky, a Cincin­nat­i­based company that has made Monopoly games for cities all over the coun­try.

Bill Schulte, one of Late for the Sky’s own­ers, told The Tri­bune in a phone in­ter­view that the company works with Wal­mart stores to fig­ure out if there’s enough in­ter­est in a cus­tom­ized game.

“When they feel like this game would be some­thing their cus­tomers have an in­ter­est in they con­tact us about cre­at­ing a game spe­cific to that area,” Schulte said.

The Pismo Beach game hit store shelves some­time around the end of Fe­bru­ary or the be­gin­ning of March, Schulte said. The Santa Maria game came out in the past few weeks, he said.

There’s also a Santa Bar­bara-opoly, which came out some­time be­tween the Pismo Beach and Santa Maria re­leases, Schulte said.

In the Santa Maria game, play­ers can own in­sti­tu­tions such as Al­lan Han­cock Col­lege and the His­toric Santa Maria Inn.

The Pismo Beach game fea­tures lo­cal land­marks like the pier, Splash Cafe, the Pismo Beach Monarch But­ter­fly Grove and the Pismo Beach sign.

But both games also in­clude prop­er­ties from other cities: the Pismo Beach game has Bub­blegum Al­ley in San Luis Obispo and the Cen­tral Coast Aquar­ium in Avila Beach on the board, while the Santa Maria game lists Van­den­berg Air Force Base in Lom­poc and the Dana Adobe in Nipomo as prop­er­ties.

Schulte said the company tries to use land­marks with a “big con­nec­tion to lo­cal peo­ple,” which some­times ne­ces­si­tates go­ing out­side the city proper.

“We want to keep things right in city lim­its, but some of the things that are most pop­u­lar are just out­side the city,” Schulte said.

The company has made games for other Cal­i­for­nia cities, in­clud­ing Fresno and Sacra­mento. The Fresno game came out around the hol­i­days in 2018.

“The Cal­i­for­nia mar­ket has cer­tainly been the best mar­ket we’ve had so far this year,” Schulte said. “It’s sur­pris­ing how much ev­ery­body loves where they live out there.”

Late for the Sky

Pismo Beach-opoly is a cus­tom Monopoly board game for the city of Pismo Beach made by Late for the Sky, an Ohio-based company.

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