Fire Island Games, 1983 Boardgame housed in cardboard box, 255 x 510 mm Condition: Very Good. Minor shelf wear and rubbing along the box edges. Complete set, no pieces missing
The very rare and unofficial version of the classic board game, released in 1983, is considered one of the best queerifications of all time. A very limited number of copies were ever made, unsurprisingly its creators were sued for copyright infringement. All profits were donated to fight the AIDS epidemic. Every aspect of the original game has been altered to represent the stereotypical gay culture of the 80s. The rigid straight-edges of the board are converted into a circle filled with queer landmarks, such as Castro Street or Fire Island. The policeman sending you to jail is replaced by a homophobic preacher sending you to ‘straight city’. Player tokens are altered – you can choose between a bear, a blow drier, handcuffs or a heel among others. Instead of buying houses and hotels, you can buy bars and bathhouses. There are new cards introduced in the game; the 'Family Pride' card containing the description of a remarkable gay man and the 'hanky code' card, where the player must identify what each color means in the secret code used for cruising. The guidebook makes it clear, nothing is sacred. When playing Gay Monopoly, rules can be broken and made up as the players please.
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