It’s been little over a week since the Brisbane Monopoly game was launched with much fanfare and a beaming Lord Mayor Quirk throwing novelty oversized dice. The list of the place names underwhelmed at first.
Having now seen the actual game board, we can upgrade the overwhelming feeling to thoroughly disappointed.
Maybe because after seeing the list of places they had decided upon, and the plethora of Advertising plastered all over the board, it’s obvious that it was nothing more than a tourism marketing exercise.
The sight of The Courier Mail was the last straw. Much like the Courier Mail, the Brisbane monopoly represents a small wedge of the population, but we have no choice in the matter as the game is the only one on offer in the city. And high on advertisements.
First of all, when thinking of a Brisbane Monopoly game, first thoughts went to which streets or roads they would use. Instead we got a list of general places and building, with a heavy focus on the trendy hipster inner City.
That’s the other main problem, that very little of Brisbane is covered by the game, let alone a complete ignorance of the more blue collar common areas of this fine city. It seems a game designed for those catching the Red double decker tourist bus than a stinky old 100 or 333. Or for those catching a train not affected by the lack of drivers.
GOMA, QPAC, Riverlife, pffft. Where’s your Greater Brisbane everyday locations. Ones to stoke the pride of the Brisbane population, rather than a list of things that appear in a Travel Guide for the city. There’s nothing representing the people in the ‘burbs.
Even the opportunity to list 4 iconic train stations like the real Monopoly game was lost to the very unimaginative dull generic squares devoted to Brisbane Trains, Brisbane Buses, etc. Showing a complete lack of imagination. Surprised given the amount of advertising on the board that Uber, Black & White Cabs and Qantas weren’t approached.
Well to put that right we have the all new everyperson version of the Brisbane Monopoly game.
The Gurgler presents the real Brisbane Monopoly game.
Launched just in time for Christmas, our version is the ultimate stocking filler. Depending on the size of the stocking of course. And for our version we actually have streets instead of places, just the way it should be.
The Gurgler’s Real Brisbane Monopoly game also tries to represent more of the greater Brisbane area, not the just the inner circle of snobbery. We are not bound to the inner city of Brisbane, or indeed the Brisbane City Council boundaries. Tell anyone from Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Logan who spend time and work in the capital that they aren’t part of Brisbane.
We still have some more affluent locations, but like the Monopoly game, we stagger our way through the values on the board.
We also try and take a step into the past, as well as highlight some of the obscure locations.
Now available via good retailers and worse ones is The Gurgler’s Real Brisbane Monopoly game.
The Gurgler – keeping it real and taking it to and keeping it on the streets.
THE GURGLER REAL MONOPOLY GAME LOCATIONS
In case you can’t read the game board.
Azalea Street, Inala
Kingston Road, Logan
King Street, Caboolture
Anzac Avenue, Kallangur
Brisbane Street, Ipswich
Jinker Track, Bunya
Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe
Shore Street, Cleveland
Klumpp Road, Mount Gravatt
Moggill Road, Kenmore
Honour Avenue, Graceville
Turbot Street, CBD
Boundary Street, West End
Vulture Street, Wooloongabba
Sir Samuel Griffiths Drive, Mt Coot-tha
Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton
Fred Schonell Drive, St Lucia
Racecourse Road, Ascot
Grey Street, South Brisbane
Queen Street, CBD
Oxford Street, Bulimba
Ebbw Vale Station
RSCPA Op Shop
Too much fun – for just one day
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