Winter Boardgame Night


Fri Aug 2nd, 6.30 – 9.30pm
2/22 Punch La, Melbourne

Housing advocates, renters, gamers and friends, join us for a night of winter jousting! If you are intrigued about the world's most popular boardgame – Monopoly – and how it started as the Landlord's Game, come and join an evening of Anti-Monopoly (similar to the Landlord's Game). 

In the process you will learn how the whole housing market could be utilised for housing (rather than hoarding).

Our last boardgame night was full of conniving as we played our way through many a glass of red. Who should own monopolies? Why should the lucky dice-roller win?

We will have two boardgames playing Anti-Monoply and another playing Settlers of Catan – one of many new games that either questions or conditions players into perceiving resource hoarding as a vehicle for wealth creation. We are looking to purchase a fourth game along these lines (there are many!) – do you have any boardgame suggestions for the night?

RSVP for an intimate night of fun and games.
Gold coin donations encouraged to assist with light refreshments.


  1. John Gannon23-07-2013

    Hello Karl

    I might be missing the point but I would suggest that the game of chess illuminates the feudal dimension of property ownership. Essentially this game involves taking land by force through the use of strategy, and tactical guile – here it become obvious that financial capital is an evolution of this principle though in this case the state holds a monopoly on the use of force on behalf of the landlord rather than a feudal lord. I also think that gift economies provide many insights into the property game though I am not aware of any games that illuminate this.

    Regards John

  2. Karl Fitzgerald
    Karl Fitzgerald23-07-2013

    Well said John tho the point we are trying to make is the extent to which past generations went to have this economic viewpoint implemented. Creating the Landlord’s Game was one function, another was setting up a philosophical society. Playing Anti-Monopoly hints at the upside down world we live in, where many say we want to be successful in life (ie financially well off) but so few care to understand the rules of the game. The Landlord’s Game teaches economic laws as players move around the board. Compare that to playing the Monopoly boardgame (in the pursuit of entertainment), which often leaves ones siblings in tears. Its a funny old world.

    Re the gift economy, the only game I know of is the one the stallholders play on a shocked society when people wander past a ‘Free-Shop’ offering clothes, toys etc for free to anyone who wants them. People can’t believe its true.

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