Easy Money (board game)

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Easy Money
Designer(s) Elizabeth Magie
uncredited
Publisher(s) MB
Somerville Industries Ltd.
Winning Moves
Publication date 1935, 1936, 1940s, 1950s, 1974, 2005
Years active 1935-1974, 2005
Players 6/4
Random chance High (dice rolling, card drawing)
Skill(s) required Negotiation, Resource management

Easy Money was a board game introduced by Milton Bradley Company in 1935. The game is based on The Landlord's Game as is Monopoly in the movement of pieces around the board, the use of cards, properties that can be purchased, and houses that can be erected on them.

Game play[edit]

Easy Money is among the Landlord's Game/auction family of games which also includes Monopoly. Players begin with a set amount of money. Properties allow owners to charge rents based on the houses purchased on that property. Players may trade or sell properties. Other spaces have particular action that must be taken when landing on or passing over.

Easy Money has Give-or-Take cards,[1] instead of the two card types in Parker Brothers' Monopoly and early Finance sets.

A game of Easy Money ends when a player is not able to pay what they owe, and had sold or mortgaged all of their properties. The cash-on-hand of each player, plus the value of each property owned (and not mortgaged) was the player's net worth and determined the winner.

Games can last several hours.

History[edit]

Milton Bradley Company (MB) was one of the companies that Charles Darrow showed his Monopoly in 1934, but was turned down. After the success of Monopoly and Finance, Milton Bradley decided to issue its own version of Finance. Despite the Landlord's Game patents having expired and the auction monopoly developing in the public domain, Parker Brothers sued Milton Bradley for patent infringement, and the latter was forced to license the former's patents to continue production of the game. MB was forced by Parker Brothers to make changes for its 1936 "New Improved Edition" issued in three separate versions. A design patent for Easy Money was applied for at the Patent Office and was either withdrawn or rejected.[1]

A new board was made for the 1940s edition with a new box design in the 1950s. A final Milton Bradley edition was printed in 1974. An unrelated game with the same game was issued by Hasbro in 1996. In 2005 under license from Hasbro, Winning Moves republished the 1950s version with new property names.[1]

Board[edit]

New Improved Edition (1936)
"YMCA"*/ "CITY HOSPITAL"*/ "Airdale Bus Line"/ "Radio Program Contest"*
Note Due* Lincoln Avenue Main Street Auto Accident* North Road Real Estate Tax* Orleans Avenue Black Kat Night Club Piccadilly AVenue "L.M. Navigation Co."/ "Red Cross Contribution"*/ "Red Traffic Light"* X2
Kensingston Avenue
Easy Money
Queens Street
Income Tax Due* Roma Road
John Street Glendale Kennels - Dog Races*
Espinola Lottery* State Street
L.M. Telephone Company Majestic Theatre
Ispwich Street Tremont Square
Airplane Crash* Union Road
Hilldale Street Associated Airways
Grove Road Venture Avenue
"Waldorf Hotel"/ "United Trust Co."/ "Interurban Transit Company" Fifth Avenue Eton Road Boy Scout Contribution * Dover Road Beano - Bingo Game * College Hill Broad Street Belmont Park Races * Alameda St. "Bonus"*/ "Start Here" *
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[2] * non-property spaces

Changes[edit]

From 1935 to 1936 editions:

  • Give or Take space removed - Instead, if a double (e.g. 5 and 5) was thrown, the player took a "give-or-take" card.[1]
  • deeds removed with the colored houses representing ownership & property information directly on the board[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "USA - Easy Money". Monopoly History. World of Monopoly. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Easy Money picture on BGG.com

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