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5 Ways British and American Board Games Are Very Different

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With Autumn fast approaching, I wanted to take a look at some of the biggest differences between British and American board games. Here are five of them.

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  1. How do you land on Mayfair when you're in jail? 🤷‍♂️

  2. in the us they call mr black mr boddy? way to break the colour theme in the most on-the-nose way possible.

  3. "Let me know some of your favorite board games, and whether or not they [were absorbed by Hasbro]."

  4. surprised you didn't mention that checkers is called Draughts

  5. Watch this video as much as you can so you can have it ingrained in your memory before it gets absorbed by Hasbro

  6. If you’re building hotels in Monopoly you’re doing it wrong. That’s true no matter if the UK or American version.

  7. I'll save you some time:
    1:15 dice are called "knockers" and it is customary to yell, "Ladies shake them knockers!" when it's your turn.
    4:25 Contractions are not allowed in the rules
    5:00 Players move anticlockwise around the board no matter what game is played
    8:05 nobody plays games on Wednesday because that's when the Queen makes her weekly address to the Commonwealth
    9:03 You are required to get a license for any boardgames that use electronic devices and as such those games are extremely unpopular. Oddly, no license is required for game consoles.

  8. It's Snakes and Ladders and Cluedo here in Australia too. Interesting to see the differences.

  9. Fun fact: In Germany Ludo/Sorry is called "Mensch ärgere dich nicht" which literally means 'Human, don't be angry'

  10. In Monopoly, I went bankrupt on the first two properties (the two cheapest) because I landed on them two rounds in a row and they had hotels. Nobody landed on any of my like 7 properties, none of which had houses because I was saving my $1000.

  11. From Australia, and the first time I made it to London I specifically made my way around to all the streets and stations on the monopoly board.
    And even though there are now hundreds of different monopoly boards, including regional Australian ones, the London streets names are the standard set, and everyone wants Mayfair and Parklane.
    And yes we also use the names Cluedo, Draghts, and ludo.
    We also have some pretty nasty snakes here and we still call it snakes and ladders.

  12. There was a Board Game called Whodunit that came out in the 70s.

  13. In Denmark we have Matador (an older term used for a succesfull business man in Denmark) owned by the toy company Brio, it is also a copy of the landlords game, but was introduced to the danish market before Monopoly. Which is probably why Hasbro haven't tried to squash it with IP or copyright lawsuits, Monopoly is the interloper on the danish market for that type of game.

  14. Morality? From the throw of a die? Chutes makes more sense for something so random.
    So y'all don have Checquers over there?
    (PAINT ent?)
    (Dis tra BUTE ed?)

    I never imagined other countries would rename the streets.

  15. I remember it being called Snakes and Ladders in Canada in the 80s.

  16. Hasbro should make paper towels. They are very absorbent.

  17. As they say in "Toy Galaxy" — "Hasbro. Until all are one."

  18. Steve Jackson in the U.S. is a game designer who began as a designer of low cost "micro-games" before establishing His own company having purchased the rights too several titles of His design most notably the futuristic armored vehicle combat focused Oger and went on to produce such notable titles as Autodule, Illuminati, GURPS & Twerps among many others
    Steve Jackson is not to be confused with Steve Jackson of Britain who's Fighting Fantasy books were early emerging alternatives to the Choose Your Own Adventure titles that offered additional depth to the interactivity of decision making with multiple endings determined by the choices made adding simple mechanics such as die rolls and basic character stats allowing for a bare bones combat system than could be used to resolve hostile encounters rather than by picking from a few offered options to read the predetermined results
    This concept went on to be expanded into solo boardgames in titles like Chainsaw Warrior at Game Design Workshop notable for titles like Warhammer miniatures and it's great many spin offs such as Space Hulk's and Bloodbowl and others outside the Warhammer Universe such as Talisman
    Game Design Workshop is not to be confused with the American company of the same name who's notable titles largely centered around tabletop RPG's with the iconic Traveler, and post apocalyptic Twilight 2000 standing out and a myriad of other offerings of many forms like the tables driven En Gaurde! marking a very impressive catalogue for this often underrated studio
    Please try and be more careful in the future

  19. I grew up with Snakes & Ladders, and my version of the game actually had little morality pictures, showing how good things or bad actions have consequences.

  20. So things I feel like saying
    1. I'm Danish
    2. It's called Ludo here.
    3. I don't even think Cluedo has been around here.
    4. We call Draft/Checkers "Dam"
    5.We actually have a local version of Monopoly here by a local company. This version is called "Matador" and primarily features locations in Copenhagen.
    6. I'm pretty surprised that there weren't any more games talked about. Like I wonder if there's any differences with games like Pictionary/Draw and Guess, Kalaha, Who's who? and Wildcat.

  21. A bit disappointed by the age of these games. There's been a whole lot of really good games released lately, I would have wanted at least half-and-half to be games released the last 30 years or so.

  22. Scotland Yard was my favorite game as a child, but I don’t know if it’s any different in the UK or Europe (other than translations on the Continent). Great post! Thanks!!!

  23. Well, the Hasbro version still teaches the real morality lesson: that luck is very important for success.

  24. The irony is further compounded when you realize Monopoly is a criticism to capitalism.

  25. We use all the British names in Australia. I grew up playing the British Monopoly but they now have Australian Monopoly.

  26. I didn't even know they had different street names in England on monopoly! Not until I bought a mini monopoly game in Heathrow on my way back to the states!

  27. Oh- so that’s why I hear it referred to as just ‘Clue’

  28. Has anyone counted the number of times the words "absorbed by Hasbro" are said in the video?

  29. Good old Papa Hasbro. He mentioned it almost as much as Creepy Rudy lol.

  30. Take a drink when you hear 'absorbed by hasbro'

  31. The delivery is so dry it's dying of thirst.

    I love it!

  32. In Canada we have snakes and ladders, I guess we’re still a commonwealth and didn’t start a war because we didn’t like tea or something I didn’t watch the movie

  33. I had an snakes and ladder game with kites instead of snakes

  34. Board games are games the make you board playing them.

  35. Pretty sure monopoly has different street names in every country. So not just a US/UK difference.

  36. Dude. Modern Designer Euro/Ameritrash Board Games are fuckin awesome.

    Check out Betrayal at House on the Hill, Sheriff of Nottingham, etc. etc etc

  37. Success and your life in general is governed by luck (as I have found out to my cost), so "Snakes and Ladders" is indeed a good representation of how life works.

  38. The landlord's game was created by a socialist who didnt like it when she had to share her idea and make other's richer by it.

    Hypocresy much?

  39. im from australia, and 90% of the games are like the brits (except for checkers)

  40. 90’s american kid here, i have never called it chutes, its always been snakes, I presumed chutes was british, as british would be the only people to say the word chute at all

  41. What is parcheesi? Never heard of those two

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