This morning, Hasbro has announced the MONOPOLY Token Madness Vote (#MonopolyVote), which leaves the fate of all eight current and classic MONOPOLY tokens - including the Scottie Dog- in the hands of the fans for the first time. From now through January 31, 2017, MONOPOLY fans can visit a special website to cast their vote for which eight tokens they’d like to see in the next MONOPOLY game. The field this year is a big one, with 64 tokens in the running (see them all on my Facebook page), including the current eight tokens and 50+ new contenders. This means, that for the first time ever, all eight current tokens could get voted out of the game. Since Charles Darrow first created MONOPOLY back in 1933, a total of 20 different tokens have appeared in standard editions of the game, but never before have they been completely voted out at once. As the original tokens were originally reflective of 1930s America, a 2017 edition of the game could reflect the modern world in which we now live.
THE ROCK FATHER is participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hasbro. He received product samples for this feature, and a promotional item as a participation thank you.
The Force is Strong in my family. I have it... my wife has it... our daughters have it. Do you have that power, too? With the December 18th release of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS fast-approaching in the heart of the Holiday Season, there's an impressive fleet of new toys and games from Hasbro hitting the streets - many of which I've been covering here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine since they began rolling out on "Force Friday" back in September. Family Game Night is certainly an important tradition for many, and The Force can be with it in a trio of new games that have landed firmly here in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide - the STAR WARS LOOPIN' CHEWIE GAME, CATCH PHRASE: STAR WARS Edition, and the BOP IT! STAR WARS R2-D2 Edition!
When it comes to comedy, the gold standard just might be the ol' pie in the face. In fact, history pegs the 1909 Essanay Studios silent comedy MR. FLIP for being the first instance of the pie in the face gag - an act that would later be known as "pieing." Over a century later, there's still some fun to be had with a good gob of whipped-cream in the face, and the folks at Hasbro Games are bringing that home for the holidays with PIE FACE - a new game with a simple concept that could bring an element of silly sweet fun to family gatherings and game night.
Earlier this year, Hasbro Games started rolling out a line of Disney Princess Pop-Up Magic board games, a new spin on some old concepts, but a perfect collection of easy-to-play games that don't involve a ton of time investment. Aside from the Pop-Up Magic itself (the game boards "pop-up" like a pop-up book), the intriguing and ingeniously-simple feature is that the game series is completely connectible, allowing kids to grow their kingdom through additional, very familiar sets.
Back in 2011, The Hub Network released a five episode mini-series based on the classic board game, CLUE. Now, Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios is bringing the mystery home as CLUE: A MOVIE MYSTERY ADVENTURE on July 15, 2014. The film follows six very different teenagers – Dimitri, Liz, Lucas, Agnes, Seamus and Whitney – who witness a dramatic incident and find themselves unfairly accused of creating a hoax.
Growing up in the 1980s, my family had a version of Milton Bradley's THE GAME OF LIFE - most likely the 1979 edition, according to some images I've found online. Since it's introduction as the game we all know in 1960 (an even earlier version pre-dates it by a century), THE GAME OF LIFE has seen some changes, some that reflect real life, and others more curious, occasionally meant to work within one of many themed editions, often produced to tie-into properties as diverse as MONSTERS INC., STAR WARS, INDIANA JONES and FAMILY GUY. Recently, the folks at Hasbro Gaming had their latest Standard Edition sent to Rock Father HQ, and we've given it some play... and let me tell you, the spinning wheel is still familiar after all these years. The rest of the game? While the fundamentals are still there, it's definitely not the same... but it's definitely still worthy of being called THE GAME OF LIFE.