The earlier avatar of Monopoly was called Landlord’s game and was invented by Liz Magie. She drew inspiration from her father’s works which showed how capitalism was exploiting people:
Magie invented and in 1904 patented what she called the Landlord’s Game. Laid out on the board as a circuit (which was a novelty at the time), it was populated with streets and landmarks for sale. The key innovation of her game, however, lay in the two sets of rules that she wrote for playing it.
Under the ‘Prosperity’ set of rules, every player gained each time someone acquired a new property (designed to reflect George’s…
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