Nov 24 2007
I think what America clearly needs is another board game. This is where Hegemonopoly comes in.
Some aspects of the game.
In place of Park Place, we’d have National Missile Defense. In place of Boardwalk, we’d have Strategic First Strike. The “Go to Boardwalk” card would be “Accidental nuclear launch on your enemies. Uhh, whoops. Go to Strategic First Strike.”
Since the three reds are the most popular squares in the game, they will be perennial victims Manchuria (Kentucky), Poland (Indiana) and the Caucasus (Illinois). The “Go to Illinois” card would be replaced by Caucasian Invasion.
The two utilities will be replaced by Russia and North Korea. It seems like all they do is supply (nuclear) power and (heavy) water, anyway. And they have about as much impact on the game.
Since the three oranges are conspicuously correlated with total annihilation, I’ll go with such tried and true methods of statecraft as Carpet Bombing, Untargeted Assassinations, and Death by Slaughter. (Yes, you can get there with Go Back 3 Spaces).
St. James, States and Virginia will be Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India. The “Go to St. James” card will be replaced with “You always knew it’d be the little one, didn’t you? Go to Sri Lanka.”
The four railroads would be replaced with the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf of Guinea, Siberia and the Arabian Peninsula. The more oil someone acquires, the more dangerous they get.
The School Tax card would be replaced by Second-Rate Brinksmanship: choose a player. Unless the two of you immediately conduct a land deal, you both lose $150.
In place of Baltic Avenue, we’d have Exploding Sheep. In place of Mediterranean, we’d have France. (Worth $60? Questionable).
Income Tax would be Contractor Surcharge, but I’d have to make it take more than 10% of your money to maintain plausibility.
Jail would be replaced by UN Conference. (Somewhere you want to be when the game gets hot, but otherwise a death sentence to the aspiring hegemon).