Recently I’ve seen a lot of new versions of the classic board game Monopoly. There’s the new World Edition, and Streets Edition with new 3D buildings, and even ones you can play on games consoles. I’ve seen tons of variations with different themed sets like The Simpsons & Star Wars, Disney, even a new one that uses an electronic gadget and credit card styles payments. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a blank Monopoly board where you can draw in your own designs, which is pretty cool.
I haven’t played Monopoly for a few years, we have the deluxe edition stashed away somewhere too. I’m eager to dig it out and give it a play soon! This post is about my own version: Monopoly Zombie Edition. I came across a hi-res image of Monopoly: Here & Now World Edition and because it looked very different I wondered if I could recreate my own board. So using Photoshop & Fireworks I set about building my own design. It has taken some time, and a lot of messing about with themes and layouts etc but it has also been very rewarding and great fun. I’ve always loved graphic design, in the past I’ve designed catalogues, brochures, business cards, websites etc, and even though I don’t earn money from that anymore I still enjoy the design process.
I used images freely available online. They were reduced in size, cut, pasted, enhanced etc. I’ve kept Community Chest and Chance but changed the images. Also the stations are now graveyards, the utility companies are now Zombie Movie Studio and Scary Movie Cinemas. Below you will see the complete board. Click it to view the hi-res version – it’s a big image and large file size too, but it looks sooo good!
As yet I haven’t given much thought to all the extras – money, property cards, game pieces, hotels etc. I guess the money could be the same, but the Chance and Community Chest cards would be zombie related to fit in with the theme. The game pieces could be bones or skulls maybe, something related to zombie movies.
I enjoyed making this so much I’m going to do a few more. As I’m a World of Warcraft fan I’ll work on a theme based around the world of Azeroth next. If anyone is interested I can post the .PNG file (Abode Fireworks file format) of the board I made so they can download it and build their own. It took some time to get the layout right but now it’s just a case of making alterations to the design. The only thing I’m not too sure about are the Paris and Hollywood places – at one point I was running out of good quality images with zombies in them. I considered using zombie movies posters but that would make it more a movie theme than pure zombie.
There are an unlimited amount of editions to make when you think about it, although the tricky part is finding images to fit the theme you want. I also wonder what this would look like when printed out at the right board game size. A standard home printer probably wouldn’t be able to do it so I’d have to take the file to a printers. Maybe, just maybe I’ll think about that at some point.
For the time being I’m happy to say this has been a labour of love, I’m really proud of this. and I’m excited about created a new one!
EDIT: 25th Feb 2011. Below is the .PNG version of the board. This was created in Fireworks. Click it to see the full size – 11.4mb. 2000 by 2000 pixels.