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Onward State Opoly: A (Better) Penn State Twist On The Classic Board Game

Everyone knows “Monopoly” is one of the most iconic board games of all time. While it’s known to end friendships and bore some to death, there’s no denying that Monopoly has one of the largest cultural impacts of any board game. Since the game’s initial release in 1935, hundreds, if not thousands of alternate “opoly’s” have hit shelves around the world. One of these is Penn State Opoly.

While Penn State Opoly is a fan-favorite around State College, we know it could be better. Luckily, Onward State has been known in the past to take a shot at creating our own board game concepts. With that idea in mind, we worked to improve the board, spice things up, and ultimately craft a better version.

Let’s take a look around the board and to see what we picked as the board’s most critical locations, events, and services that needed to be included in our version of the game.

Before we get into specifics, let’s examine some commonalities that you’ll see around the board. First, four of the five residence hall areas make up the “railroads.” Sorry, North Halls. Most of campus would agree that it’s probably the least relevant of the six residence hall areas. We’d apologize to Eastview Terrace, too, but they’re too busy living it up in their luxurious singles to hear us.

All of the money in the game is payed in “$LC,” signifying LionCash. You’ll also notice that the “chance” and “community chest” spaces have been replaced with “Canvas” and “LionPATH,” two notifications that students may fear to see pop-up on their phones. We’ll talk more about that later.

Now, the first row: It made sense to have the start of a new go-around the board be signified by a “New Semester.” Make your way past some of State College’s dining spots, avoid an increase in tuition, and make a stop to watch some of THON. Don’t worry, though. Unlike standard Monopoly, this space is actually good, but we’ll talk more about that later. For now, you’re just watching.

Round “THON Corner” and head down toward the Arboretum, which, by the way, is the perfect spot for free parking. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the calming sounds of birds and fountains as you take in the environment. In this stretch, you’ll also find the “We Are” sculpture, the first of the two special “sculpture” spaces on the board.

In row three of four, you’ll find the second of the two special “sculpture” spaces on the board: the Nittany Lion Shrine. You’ll also find other iconic campus locations, including the Library and Rec Hall.

At the end of this row is where you may be sent to be a dancer at THON. If you land on this space, you get sent right to THON, where you will wait two turns, dancing: one turn for each day spent on your feet! Any money that you were supposed to collect while at THON instead gets “donated,” and you can also “donate” to get out, too, just like in regular Monopoly.

Then, we have the final row. These are the big ones — the properties that mean the most to Penn Staters and, thus, cost the most money. The Creamery, Bryce Jordan Center, and the HUB make up the final color set of three before you arrive at Old Main and Beaver Stadium, the two most expensive properties on the board. Collect the two, and you’ll certainly be a powerhouse in the game.

Last but not least, we promised we’d go over the cards. The two types of cards in the game are “Canvas” and “LionPATH,” and can be found around the board. Some cards are good, and some may not be so good. Take a look at the graphic above to see the sorts of cards you may find in a standard Onward State Opoly set.

Well, that’s the game! While it’ll (probably) never be sold, feel free to download the image from this article and give it a spin for yourself. Feel free to make up your own “Canvas” and “LionPATH” cards and have some fun with it, too. If it isn’t specified above, assume the rules work the same as a traditional Monopoly board.

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Mikey DeAngelis

As well as being a contributor to Onward State, Mikey DeAngelis is also the creator of the Mad About Disney YouTube channel and an aspiring filmmaker. Mikey loves Philly sports, traveling and hiking in National Parks, and watching movies. To reach Mikey, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@mikey_deangelis) or by email ([email protected]).

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