About this project
Way back during the depths of the Great Depression in 1934, patriotic American and underemployed heater salesman Charles B. Darrow literally took an idea he’d refined to Parker Brothers, who literally bought it. That idea was the board game Monopoly, and Darrow – who’d claimed he’d invented it himself – became the world’s first millionaire game designer/capitalist.
But he didn’t invent it – he only expanded upon versions of traditional games that had been played for generations. In other words, he made it slightly better.
Way back during the aftermath of the Great Recession in 2016, the founders of Diogenes Games – also underemployed, patriotic Americans and potential millionaire game designers/capitalists – literally took an idea born during the historically weird presidential campaign and literally sold it. To you. That idea was the expansion of Darrow’s board game Monopoly, called SOCIALISM.
The object of the game is to achieve total fairness and equality through the renting and selling of property under a modern, progressive, and populist public policy.
The Game consists of an enlightened rulebook and a quick-reference card, 4 new game tokens, 20 “Fat Chance” and 20 “Communism Chest” cards to replace those in the original game.
Once you’re setup, you’ll soon see that the rules are much, much different than you remember them under unrestrained capitalism. You see, the original game’s mascot has been banished to a Vermont gulag and replaced by Bern-n-Hill – those longtime advocates of the 99 percent.
Consequently, there’s no more “banker” – all dealings are with the Federal Directorate of Redistribution (the “FDR”). You don’t “go to jail,” you’re exiled to political rehabilitation camps. You don’t have title cards, you are granted a public “concession” to manage a property. There are no more hotels; public “housing towers” are the highest and best use of land. Chance and Community Chest? Fat Chance and Communism Chest.
Oh, and watch out for aggressive government “appropriations,” eminent domain actions, and even socialist revolutions!
Yes, comrades, in this progressive take on an age-old tabletop game, you, too, can experience the effects of excessive taxation, burdensome regulation, and political correctness in a world gone… Hey, wait a second…
The best part? We're confident we'll have fulfillment within 30 days. Everything is ready to go and we're working directly with local manufacturers we trust to get this game in your hands as quickly as possible.
To play SOCIALISM: The Game, you'll need to start with a regular Hasbro's Monopoly core game, and then replace existing components with the SOCIALISM: The Game elements.
When you apply socialism to your Monopoly game, the Community Chest become the Communism Chest, the Chance cards become Fat Chance, and Jail is now Rehab.
As as for the pieces, the warship, the racecar, the cannon, and the top hat just don't fit the socialist agenda. So instead they are to be replaced by the canoe, the public bus, the smart phone, and the ball cap.
Finally, we all know one of the most frustrating things about Hasbro's Monopoly is the play time, but with SOCIALISM: The Game, you and your friends will redistribute the wealth in under an hour.
From all of us at Diogenes Games Ltd., help us spread the word of socialism!
Risks and challenges
The founders of Diogenes Games, in a bold effort to profit from the current political climate, came up with this idea to poke fun at progressives, regressives, liberals, conservatives, and the system in general. What we discovered was a fun way to hypothesize what might happen if trends in public policy – trends that have recently entered mainstream debate – were extrapolated to their logical conclusions under actual market conditions. We warn you; the results aren’t pretty, but they are pretty illuminating, and may just change the way you think about politics, capitalism, and government in general.
We acknowledge that designing a game that is balanced, fair, and fun is a real skill. We’ve mostly dodged that challenge, as Socialism: The Game benefits from being an adaptation (extreme “house rules”) for one of the world’s most successful games. Socialism: The Game is however, imbalanced, unfair, and you really can’t win. So while it is funny it’s not much fun for folks seeking the thrill of potential success in a capitalistic competition.
As for the risks inherent in satirizing politically powerful persons in the context of a monopolized board game, we strongly believe in freedom of speech, including parody and satire.
Finally, we hold tremendous confidence in our ability to efficiently manage fulfillment, as we are working only with American manufacturers and creative talent who all have extensive publishing experience. Proudly made in the USA.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Support this project
- (19 days)