No free parking in Truckeeopoly
Ever wished you could own all of Truckee? Well, now you can.
Truckeeopoly, a local version of Parker Brothers Monopoly, has now passed Go and gone on sale at several local businesses after being in development for almost a year.
The game was brought to the community by the Truckee High School Boosters Club, a nonprofit, volunteer organization devoted to supporting local students.
“We give scholarships to high school students and fund programs like Driven. If it’s a justified school activity with a formal request, we try to help,” said Boosters Club member Janet Mann, who helped create the game.
Out are Monopoly’s Atlantic City properties, and in are familiar Truckee businesses that town residents will easily recognize. The coveted spaces of Boardwalk and Park Place went to Castle Peak Vacation Rentals and Tony Hardy Construction, respectively.
When landing on Go To Jail, which in the Truckeeopoly edition is Go To Court, the Law Offices of Brent P. Collinson are waiting. Once at Court, Alder Creek Bail Bonds can be found. And the game’s ersatz money? Supplied by none other than Plumas Bank.
The cover of the game package features images by local photographer Tom Lippert, including the Donner memorial statue, a classic bridge on Old U.S. Highway 40, and snowboarding scenes from today’s ski resorts.
Truckeeopoly was produced by Pride Distributors, a company whose trademark is the “Your Town” -opoly game. The business has been manufacturing games for cities all over the country for 25 years.
“Some previous board members had gotten notice of it and we decided to take it and run with it,” said Mann of the Booster Club’s sponsorship.
“I think it’s a very cool thing that they’ve done,” said Lynn Saunders of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the cover.
The game will be sold for $25 at many local businesses including the Chamber of Commerce and Tahoe Truckee High School.
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