Forget the Boardwalk and Park Place. The next time San Antonians play Monopoly, the game’s most valuable properties might be closer to home.
A special San Antonio edition of the board game is set to hit store shelves in the fall and will include puro-fied “Community Chest” and “Chance” playing cards, while also dedicating several of the game’s famous squares to San Antonio’s iconic landmarks, makers said in a press statement.
Top Trumps Inc., the manufacturers of the official San Antonio version of Monopoly under license from Hasbro, is asking San Antonians to tell them which landmarks they’d like to see on the board by emailing their input to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 17. Top Trumps said it is hoping to have the special edition in stores this August or September.
“We want to ensure that Monopoly San Antonio is an accurate portrayal of what locals love about the city, so we would love for everyone to get on board and send us their recommendations of what they would like to see included,” Top Trumps spokesman Benjamin Thompson said in the press statement. “This edition will be everything you love about the traditional board, adapted in a way that San Antonians will enjoy for generations to come.”
During a press conference Thursday, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said he and his family are excited that San Antonio will be featured in the special edition Monopoly game, and they hope it will drive more visitors to the city once it’s safe to travel.
“To think young kids and families that perhaps have never visited San Antonio will be playing this game, it might drive them to visit in person one day,” Nirenberg said.
Nirenberg added he hopes to see some lesser-known destinations such as the Bracken Cave Preserve and La Cantera featured on the board along with must-haves like the Alamo and Missions.
With many of San Antonio’s famous missions located within District 3, Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran (D3) said she is looking forward to the exposure the game will bring both to San Antonio and its historic landmarks.
“I hope it really instills a sense of pride in the community,” Viagran said. “When we got the call a couple days ago it was such a great surprise.”
Top Trumps spokesman George Shrimpton told the San Antonio Report Thursday that the city was selected for a special edition of Monopoly because of its rich culture and history.
Shrimpton added the team at Top Trumps is hoping this version of the game will be the “best representation of San Antonio possible.”
“We’re very excited about the possibilities,” he said. “We encourage everyone to send in their input.”