Want to take over the city of London as if you were hipster, a cab driver, or a banker? Now you can do it with the new boardgame ‘Londoners. Fight for the city’. Put ‘Monopoly’ and ‘Risk’ away and play this game with friends or family on a rainy afternoon. Pick your favourite character from nine London stereotypes, and off you go!
Stef Wilkerson and Olly Lawder created this unusual game, where each player has a mission. You can be a bearded hipster who moves around the board being “cool”, a banker who tries to buy the entire city, or a modern mum whose main concern is the amount of kale her children eat. Other characters to choose from are: policemen, tourists, surburban residents, football fans, students, and cab drivers.
The creators started a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter in order to come up with this game: kickstarter.com/projects/298541877/londoners-the-board-game. By the end of their campaign, they had collected £11,952, more than their target of £7.500. They managed to get 322 backers.
People who invested in this game were able to opt in for a personalized version where they could choose the neighbourhoods that appeared on the map. You could also have your name appear in the game. Another perk was having yourself made into a metal pawn in the game, using a scan of your face and 3D printing. This may seem a bit excessive, but this original and fun game undoubtedly leaves ‘Monopoly’ and ‘Risk’ far behind.
If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, go to playlondoners.com and subscribe. The creators will let you know when you can buy the game.