The new article this week (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2986/was-monopoly-originally-meant-to-teach-people-about-the-evils-of-capitalism) was very interesting, cause I’d never heard of this ‘original’ game that came out quite a bit before Monopoly.
I have another board game that I wonder if it was ment in the same light as The Landlord’s Game. It’s called Anti-Monopoly, and my copy dates back to the 70’s. I bought it at a yard sale some time ago, and it’s boxed up now, so not sure of the original date. This is a first edition, though, and I understand that at least one more run of the game was made.
It plays very close to Monopoly, except in this version you’re trying to bust monoplies by bringing indictments aganist them, and shutting them down. From what I learned in school of that decade (I was born in 76) people were very concerned about capitalism getting too much out of hand, and it resulted in new laws being passed and big companies like AT&T being broken up.
It seems the game was made to ‘cash in’ on that and teach people about the ‘evils’ of companies getting too large and powerfull. Shades of what we see now again with Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and Apple?
On another note, I wonder how much my version is worth, speaking about money…