'Play like you're on vacation:' Monopoly game board features South Walton landmarks

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 05:56 PM.

The newest licensed Monopoly board has South Walton written all over it.

It's been over a year since George Wickey, of 30A Games, started the passion project of creating an official Hasbro licensed board game for the area. Now, Monopoly: Visit South Walton Edition is ready for retailers and players, and Wickey can hardly contain his excitement.

"We're very proud and excited," he said. "A lot of great people came together to make this project come to life."

Designing the game was a very intricate process. Hasbro allowed for almost every aspect of the popular game to be reconfigured — from the game pieces to the brightly colored paper money. There were some elements that could not be changed such as property prices and the fateful four corners of the board.

Looking closely at Monopoly: Visit South Walton Edition, you'll see a lot of intricate details that make the game board a true product of South Walton. The game pieces feature a YOLO board, sea turtle, a vintage beach 4x4 truck, a beach cruiser bicycle, a dog dragging its leash and  Alys   Beach  architecture.

Area events and local non-profits play a role in the Chance and Community Chest cards, each of which has a unique photo of South Walton on its card back provided by SoWal.com.

Monopoly properties were re-imagined with more familiar names. Boardwalk is now 30A and  Seaside  is the new Park Place . Other South Walton beach towns include Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach , WaterColor, WaterSound Beach , Seacrest Beach , Gulf Place and Grayton Beach . In addition, natural wonders including the state parks and coastal dune lakes as well as popular festivals, destination restaurants, art galleries and merchants are featured.

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