When cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing worked at the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, he would play Monopoly on a board hand-drawn by William Newman, the teenage son of his mentor, Max. In honor of Turing's fondness for the game of capitalism, Bletchley Park is launching a special edition Monopoly board based on Alan Turing and his life.
The Bletchley Park Trust, William Newman and Winning Moves, the company that makes the new themed Monopoly boards, developed this particular version of the game. Many of the squares are taken from Newman's original board, but the squares also tell the players a bit about Turing's life story, as do the Chance and Community Chest cards. But if you'd rather play the game as Turing himself did, this edition includes some extra goodies, including:
· Replica of the original hand-drawn board, complete with William's own rules
· Never before seen pictures of Turing, kindly given by the Turing family
· Turing's face on all the banknotes – putting him on the £10 note as per the current petition!
· Huts and Blocks (the buildings which housed the Bletchley Park codebreakers and their machines) in place of traditional houses and hotels
· The story of the board, and explanations of the squares throughout
Bletchley Park is currently taking preorders for the special edition game, which costs £29.99 and should become available in November.