Liverpool is getting its own ‘Scouse Edition’ of the Monopoly Board with Liver Birds and Tickling Sticks
Liverpool has beaten off competition from Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow to win its own version of the classic board game, Monopoly.
The “distinct and legendary” Scouse sense of humour that has swayed games’ bosses to award Liverpool the honour accepting to the games creators.The new game could see instead of the famous MONOPOLY Scottie dog, racing car and boot tokens – which will all be literally given the boot for this version – any of the following :
- A bust of the city’s most famous daughters and sons, natural and adopted – for example: Cilla Black, John Lennon or Mo Salah.
- A Liver Bird – or cormorant
- A beatle, microphone, comedic mask or guitar.
- A football
- A fun-sized ferry – or small submarine.
- A diddy Diddyperson – or tickling stick.
- A replica of Britain’s favourite racehorse, Aintree legend Red Rum.
“Everything is up for grabs,” adds Mr Thompson. “The public will get to decide.”
Liverpool came out ahead of (in this order): Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and Sheffield to land the new game.
The makers of this new official game, Winning Moves UK, say the game will hit shop shelves this October in time for Christmas 2019. There was a MONOPOLY: Liverpool Edition, launched exactly 20 years ago.
Mr Thompson is Custom Games Manager at Winning Moves UK, who will be producing this board under official license from MONOPOLY owners Hasbro. He has headed north from Winning Moves’ London HQ to make the official announcement and adds:
“We are delighted that the MONOPOLY dice for this year will be rolling on Liverpool. Because this version – unlike the first one for the city 20 years ago – will see the tokens all customised and as voted by the public, we wanted to make sure the city the new MONOPOLY game is being based on has a sense of humour.
“Liverpool’s sense of humour is legendary.
“We looked at every major city in the UK outside of London – upon which the original MONOPOLY was of course based – and Liverpool came out top. Manchester was second and Glasgow third.”
Following the announcement, the public is being invited to vote for Liverpool playing tokens, landmarks and themed Community Chest and Chance cards to star in the game.
As well as all tokens being Liverpool themed, the traditional MONOPOLY multi-coloured streets will be handed over to leading Liverpool landmarks. The Royal Liver Building, Liverpool Cathedral, Lime Street, The John Lennon Airport, Aintree, Anfield and Goodison Park could all be snapped up for just paper money. The cards will be themed – one could send players back three spaces for getting stuck in Liverpool city centre traffic. Another could award first prize on a night out contest for the best dressed Liverpudlian.
The new board will be available from this October at all major retailers, as well as very widely online including Amazon.