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All the Monopoly playing pieces could change

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By Rebecca Shepherd, 12 January 2017
All the Monopoly playing pieces could change

It’s the family-friendly board game we crack out at Christmas, the game which can divide opinion and, more often than not, the game which involves someone stealing from the bank.

But this year, the loveable game of Monopoly could see some pretty big changes after Hasbro Gaming, creators of the board game, announced that it's opening up a public vote asking fans to choose 8 new playing tokens.

The game maker, who opened up the public vote this week, has given gamers 50 contenders to choose from including the current playing pieces we know and love, and a few new options such as a penguin, rubber duck and bunny slippers.

Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of marketing for Hasbro Gaming, said: "The Monopoly Token Madness Vote lets our passionate fans choose all eight tokens in the Monopoly game and no token – not even Scottie dog – is safe.

"Only time will tell if fans will decide to stay with the classics, keep a few favourites or pick an entirely new line up of tokens."

So, there’s a chance that our old favourites will still be available, but it all depends on whether we decide to stick to tradition or vote for something new. And as previous votes show us, it looks like the public love breaking from convention as we already lost the iron in 2013.

Late last year, in December it was revealed that we've all be playing the popular board game wrong for years. 

Simon Whistler, presenter of YouTube channel 'Today I Found Out', explained in a video (which has now been viewed over 1.2 million times), that we've all been totally ignoring the rule book. 

Take Free Parking. We all know that when you land on that square, you get to collect all the 'get out of jail' fees and taxes that are been piling up in the centre of the board, right? Well, no you don't actually. 

Free Parking actually does nothing at all - it's just a place for players to rest and count their money during the game. 

He also revealed that we're wrong in thinking that when a player is in jail, they can't collect any rent or buy any properties. As according to the rulebook, a player can still collect rent and make bids on properties while languishing in prison. 

The all-important results of the public vote will be revealed on World Monopoly Day – that’s March 19th if you didn’t know - and the fan-picked Monopoly pieces will be updated in the Monopoly game hitting shelves this August.

Head to www.votemonopoly.com if you would like to vote. You have until January 31st so choose wisely!

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