Hasbro asks Facebook fans for their Monopoly rules

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Hasbro knows that Monopoly fans play with their own rules, from negotiating to co-own properties to collecting a pile of cash if you land on ‘Free Parking.’

So it is letting Facebook fans dictate the ‘house rules’ in future editions of the game. It’s the latest stunt from Hasbro to breathe new life into the 79-year-old game. Last year Hasbro added a cat token and retired the iron. The Pawtucket, R.I., company has also issued games with an electronic bank and theme editions ranging from Monopoly Jr. to Monopoly Millionaire.

Starting Tuesday through April 3, Facebook fans can debate 10 ‘house rules’ that are on the site. The top rules will make it into the House Rules Edition that will be available in the fall. They’ll also be in the classic Monopoly’s game guide in 2015, although officially the rules will not change.

The house rules up for debate can be found at facebook.com/monopoly.

Hasbro, which also makes toys like Transformers and Nerf, has been shaking up its games division with more electronic games and new editions of classic games like Monopoly and Scrabble. In its most recent fiscal year, games revenue rose 10 percent to $1.31 billion, while total revenue was nearly flat at $4.08 billion.

Hasbro shares slipped 36 cents on Tuesday to close at $54.59.

More in Herald Business Journal

Snohomish inventor makes changing beds magical

He hopes to make his big push in the hotel industry, where injuries to housekeepers are increasing.

Boeing planes designed for Alaska to make final flights

The special Boeing 737-400s carry cargo in the middle of the plane and 72 passengers in the rear.

Monroe’s Canyon Creek Cabinet names new exec VP

Mark Kovich has joined Monroe-headquartered Canyon Creek Cabinet Company as the executive… Continue reading

Century 21 North Homes Realty adds new agent in Lynnwood

Century 21 North Homes Realty has welcomed Adriene Crum to its Lynnwood… Continue reading

Longtime Comcast Everett employee travels to aid Houston

Lake Stevens resident and longtime Comcast Everett employee Brandon Johnson traveled to… Continue reading

Emory’s fun run raises $2,000 for Housing Hope, Beck’s Place

Proceeds from the 1st Annual Emory’s Silver Lake Fun Run on Labor… Continue reading

Happy accident leads Edmonds couple to make Hunniwater drink

The latest line of energy drinks by Karin and Eric… Continue reading

Single payer is no panacea for our costly health care system

We must address the cost of health care before designing an insurance system.

Voters are on the sidelines as the port fills a vacant seat

Troy McClelland resigned from the Port of Everett commission too late for an election before 2019.

Most Read