Token resistance


I love playing Monopoly. It’s really fun and really frustrating.

One of my prize possessions is one of the anniversary editions of the game that included some really cool things like wooden houses and hotels, plus extra tokens. The kids gave it to me several years ago. I got some awesome kids.

Anyway, like I was saying, I love the game. But Hasbro, who owns the game, is getting ready to do away with one of the tokens.

They can’t just add a new token, like has been done over the years, they have to do away with a token. And, one of my favorites is on the chopping block.

Hasbro is taking votes for the token to keep. Currently, my favorite token, Top Hat, has the next to fewest votes. Wheelbarrow is in last place.

The tokens up for replacement are:

  • Race Car
  • Thimble
  • Shoe
  • Dog
  • Battleship
  • Top Hat
  • Iron
  • Wheelbarrow

Which makes me wonder: where are Cannon and Horse & Rider? Did they already do away with them? Was it because they have military connections? And why didn’t I know about this?

Anyway, they are voting for new tokens. One of those will replace the classic token:

  • Robot
  • Diamond Ring
  • Cat
  • Helicopter
  • Guitar

Here’s what they look like:

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But, are these really good tokens to add to the Monopoly game? Are there any better ones that could be used?

What do you think would be good tokens to add to Monopoly?

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Once upon a time, way back when Frank J. first started doing his blog thing, things were simpler. Not just in the world we live in, but in the world of blogging. Then, people discovered how to spam blogs using comments. And, some people were simply asses and left naughty comments.

So, blogs started using spam filters. Some worked really poorly, and others worked even worse. And, depending on what platform you used — Blogger, MovableType, WordPress, or something else — you either had no option, or limited options.

Today, though, things are a lot better. And most blogs that run WordPress — including IMAO — use Automattic’s spam filter Akismet. But WordPress has customizable settings that can affect how and if comments post.
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