Communist version of “Monopoly” released in Poland

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Communist version of "Monopoly" released in Poland

The Polish Institute of National Heritage issued a communist version of the popular board gameMonopoly“. The game, named “Queue”, designed to raise awareness of Polish young people about life in the country under communist rule.

Rules “turn” similar to the rules of “Monopoly”, but the fundamental difference between them lies in the fact that the purchase of certain things in the Polish version of the game will be very difficult, because players have to stand in line.

Players have to queue for everything they buy, but could find, as they get closer to the front of the line, that the shop has run out of stock, or another player had obtained priority to buy a certain product.

The game, to be released in February, reflected everyday life for millions of Poles before 1989.

Access to goods is limited and game cards either help or make it more difficult for players to purchase them.

“The game not only makes players understand shopping in Poland under communism,” Karol Madaj from the Institute of National Remembrance told Polish Radio.

“Players learn what it feels like to queue for hours, to lose their turn because someone jumped the queue, or to arrive too late at a shop only to learn that certain products sold out,” he added.

The game will be accompanied by documentaries about shopping in communist Poland and a booklet about the communist command economy. As many as 3,000 copies of the game will be released but more could follow.

Earlier, IPN released a war board game called “303” about the Battle of Britain and the Polish 303 Polish Fighter Squadron and it is currently working on a game called “Conspiracy” about Polish underground organizations during World War II. (mg/pg)

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