A “Game of Thrones” exhibition? We’d be there if we could. But a “Game of Thrones” collector’s edition of Monopoly? Now we’re talking.
Not too long ago, Hasbro reportedly replaced the iconic paper bills with real euros in 80 regular Monopoly sets as part of a promotion for the game’s 80th anniversary in France. Well, since they will be available in limited quantities and will only be released in France, it’s almost impossible for us to get those sets.
But that’s a-okay because, as though HBO could read our minds and hear our prayers, the television network recently announced via the “Game of Thrones” Twitter account that the HBO Shop will begin selling a “Game of Thrones”-themed Monopoly set.
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) February 13, 2015
First published in 1935, Monopoly, by nature, is a tricky board game that test our greed level as players buy or trade properties, develop properties with houses and hotels, and collect rent from their opponents. They are all driven by one goal: To drive their opponents into bankruptcy so that the can control the entire economy.
If Monopoly can be turned into a story, it might as well be George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire”. Since it has already been adapted into a TV series, it makes perfect sense for HBO to launch a “Game of Thrones” collector’s edition of Monopoly set.
The description of the board game is as follows:
Vie to hold dominion over the realms of men in the Game of Thrones Collector’s Edition of MONOPOLY. Featuring infamous locations from the original dramatic television series, including Castle Black, Winterfell and King’s Landing, players will buy, sell and trade their way to sit atop the Iron Throne. Collectible tokens include: Dragon Egg, Three-Eyed Raven, White Walker, Direwolf, Crown and The Iron Throne. Custom Villages and Keeps replace traditional Houses and Hotels. Coming in 2015.
In this case, the Iron Bank is still the richest and the most powerful bank with a fearsome reputation for collecting debts. In fact, according to CNET reporter, the most expensive property goes to King’s Landing while the cheapest property is the Craster’s Keep.
No surprise there.
Just like the story in the series, expect a certain Lannister to ruin your game and a sudden act of brutal violence to end your game. Worst comes to worst, a peaceful family gathering might just turn into the Red Wedding.
At the price of $60, the “Game of Thrones” Monopoly set will be available later this year in the US.