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Warcraft Monopoly trades racecar for Murloc

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Warcraft Monopoly Murloc

Top hat, iron, thimble, Scottish terrier: the cast-metal cast of a Monopoply set is a familiar sight to board game fans.

But if you were producing a version of Monopoly based on the world's most popular online role-playing game, which of World of Warcraft's memorable characters and objects would you choose to replace them?

That's the question Monopoly special-edition maestros USAopoly posed to Warcraft fans earlier this year. Given a shortlist of ten iconic doodads from the game -- everything from a keg of ale to a clockwork gnome -- over 50,000 of them chimed in with their preferences. And the verdict is in, USAopoly announced this week: no thanks, big anvil; yes please, fishlike "Murloc."

The winning six, ready to be immortalized in cast-metal for inclusion in the game, also include an imposing warhammer, a two-headed, fire-breathing puppy, and a "hearthstone" -- a magic rock that teleports you home.

Sound useful? Sadly, the special abilities of these unique items apparently don't carry over to the board game. In fact, Warcraft-themed Monopoly will follow pretty much the same rules as classic Monopoly. It'll just look a whole lot different, featuring redesigned versions of Monopoly's board, money, and Chance and Community Chest cards befitting Warcraft's distinctive fantasy style.

That'll mean fans of the regular game won't have much trouble adjusting, especially as they'll find at least one of the new playing pieces comfortingly familiar, whether or not they're Warcraft fans. It's a "Flight Path Boot," a winged shoe that bears more than a little resemblance to one of the traditional Monopoly pawns. Unfortunately, it's the one that nobody ever wants to play.

If that's enough to pique your interest, you don't have too long to wait. World of Warcraft fans will be able to find this ever-so-special version of Monopoly on sale across North America next month at a cost of around $40. A StarCraft-themed version of fellow classic board game Risk is also expected to be in stores this summer.

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