What would you put on a Richmond Monopoly board? We’re not just asking for fun — Hasbro is making it a reality.
Top Trumps USA, under license from the global toy company, will produce the game. Top Trumps representative John Marano said Richmond was chosen due to our cultural history and city pride.
Marano emphasized that they need Richmonders’ help to make the board truly local — sounds like our specialty. You can submit your picks for locations you want to see included by sending an email. Ideas will be accepted through Monday, March 20. The game should be available this fall.
We asked our Instagram followers for their thoughts already. What are you thinking for game pieces, properties, or the free space?
Everyone had thoughts for what deserves a space on the future Richmond Monopoly board.
Before we jump in, here’s how city-specific Monopoly games work.
Judging from the other Top Trumps city editions out there, the customized parts of the game are on the board itself. That said, we loved hearing all the ideas for game pieces and rule changes — so we’re sharing a few of our favorites anyway.
We heard a lot of love for museums (favorites included the VMFA, VMHC, and Science Museum), hotels (The Jefferson, Quirk), theaters (Carpenter, Altria, Hippodrome), and outdoor hot spots (Belle Isle, Pony Pasture, Maymont, Lewis Ginter).
VCU, UR, and VUU were mentioned frequently as a higher education trio. Architectural gems like Main Street Station, the CSX A-Line Bridge, the Byrd Theatre, and the WTVR TV Tower all got mentions.
🚌 Game pieces
Who wouldn’t want to play as a sidewalk chicken bone? If that wouldn’t be your first pick, we also heard suggestions for a Pulse bus, tennis racket, canal boat, flying squirrel, electric scooter, clawfoot bathtub, and beagle (to honor Bagel).
🎲 Other changes
What if the free parking space were a free community fridge instead? A few people also threw out Hollywood Cemetery as a jail alternative — sounds like a spooky stay.
Instagram user @captain_infinitron suggested a familiar headache for a card: “Nickel bridge toll ate all your change and didn’t register when you went through. Lose $500.”
Reminder: Send your location ideas to Top Trumps by Monday, March 20 so that they can include the best of Richmond in the new game.