What a card: Brit boffin Alan Turing stars in Monopoly tribute set
Bletchley Park flogs custom board in honour of code-breaker
He may not have made it onto the £10 banknote, but the face of WWII code-breaking hero Alan Turing now adorns the back of the silly money that's boxed into a new custom Monopoly set.
The board, cards and pieces in the "Alan Turing edition" of Monopoly have been tweaked to tell the story of Turing's life, with the Utilities squares replaced by the Enigma machine and Bombe, the hotels and houses replaced by the huts and blocks of Bletchley Park, Bletchley Park itself replacing Mayfair and Turing's old university college – Kings College Cambridge – replacing Park Lane.
Community chest and chance cards include one which pays for a private detective to find Turing's teddy bear Porgy, one which pays out rewards for cross-country running, published papers, and the missive 'Auntie Flo is not so well' (which was the secret phrase alerting the code-crackers to go immediately to Bletchley Park), which replaces the traditional Go To Mayfair'.
The board itself is roughly based on a board that was hand-drawn sometime around 1950 by William Newman, son of Turing’s mentor, Max. The young William apparently played on the same board against Turing, who apparently lost the game. The board, complete with the young William's own rules, has been in the possession of the Bletchley Park Museum since 2011.
Turing Monopoly - on sale from Bletchley Park from November
Newman collaborated with board game company Winning Moves on making the new board, which is based on the original specimen held in the Bletchley Park museum.
Google bought the first 1,000 units as a donation to the Bletchley Park Trust. The board will be on sale for £29.99 from the Bletchley Park website and shop from November, and is available now to pre-order online. ®
Go to Jail
Or accept probation and chemical castration.
Re: Go to Jail
Slightly sick, but yes. That's more accurate.
I'm torn here. Recognition of Turing (FINALLY!) is welcome, but I'm not sure that rebranding Monopoly so he can join the ranks of Manchester United and just about every town, football club and large group (e.g. National Trust) in the UK is really a sensible next step.
I'd probably buy a code-breaking board game of some description from Bletchley Park. Monopoly with a vague Turing-link? Not so sure. And I pride myself as a collector of odd/unusual board games, especially those with mathematically "nice" play styles, am a computer nerd, and come from an educational background that I tried my hardest to focus on maths and cryptography (and, thus, Turing is a bit of an idol).
If it raises money, okay. But there's a point where we start producing commercial tat and losing the message.
To choose to play monopoly...
...is to choose to go to bed in a bad mood (to quote an Indian friend of mine who we introduced to board games)
Even if it is a cool edition