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Saturday December 09, 2006
05:09 PM


[ #31870 ]

A few weeks ago, while I was doing one of those activities that allow the mind to disconnect and roam of its own (could have been while I was showering, or riding the bus, or attending a team meeting, I don't recall), an idea hit me. The game Monopoly has variations themed on everything under the sun, from countries (Canada-o-poly, eh!), to TV programs (the Simpsons), to pets (Cat-o-poly), to God-knows-what. So why not do a Perl-themed variation of it?

  • The currency of the game wouldn't be dollars, but lines of code (LoC).
  • The properties would be modules, to which you assign code monkeys and gurus. The different module groups could be:

              Embperl HTML::Mason

              Acme::Bleach Acme::EyeDrops Acme::Buffy

              Email::Filter Mail::SendEasy::SMTP Mail::Box

              Net::Telnet Net::FTP Net::SSH

              DBD::SQLite DBD::MySQL DBD::Pg

              PerlQt Wx Gtk

              XML::LibXML XML::XPath XML::Twig

              Module::Build ExtUtils::MakeMaker

  • The utilities would be 'perldoc' and 'perlbug'.
  • You wouldn't go to Prison, but would 'use Safe;'
  • Instead of Chance, we'd have rand().
  • Community chest? Surely you mean comp.lang.perl.misc.
  • Free Parking would be replaced by YAPC.
  • Railway stations would be replaced by pragmas: strict, warnings, bytes and utf8
  • Etc, etc, etc.

The whole idea tickles enough my fancy that I might whip up an SVG rendering of the board one of those days.

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  • I attempted this several months ago in Perl Monopoly Board []. Given our similar thought processes all those years ago during those good ol' golf games I find your post a little bit spooky. :-)

    • That is beginning to get rrrrrrreal spooky indeed. I swear I didn't see that PerlMonk thread beforehand (on the head of my first module!). I'm beginning to suspect that we either are twins separated at birth, or part of some dark and sinister government experiment...

      That, or in the tradition of Secret Windows, one of us is the figment of the other's imagination... :-)
  • I don't know if this is of use:
    Its a customisable monopoly board for eighty quid.
    • Pretty cool. Pretty expensive too, though. 80 quids is around 200 Canadian loonies. Ay-ay-ay...

      I've also checked Atlantik ( Unfortunately, the editor allows only so much customization. Can't change the currency nor the Chance/Community Chest cards (at least, I didn't find how). Too bad.