NEWPORT — There was a time not so long ago when people engaged each other in friendly games that didn’t require batteries, a power-supply cord or any electricity source at all.
Yes, back in the day, people played board games, such as Clue, Risk, The Game of Life and Candyland. Rumor has it, even into the early 1990s, people often assembled and played these games with family members and friends. There are even a few staff members at the News-Times old enough to confirm reports that get-togethers, known as “family game nights,” were once commonplace before video game consoles, joysticks, smart TVs and cellphones made gaming more often an isolated activity.
And if we’re all stuck staying socially distant from those who live in different households as we battle the pandemic, isn’t now the perfect time to unplug from personal electronic devices and join your household in some good, old-fashioned friendly competition free from today’s distractions such as social media? If the answer is a resounding “yes,” the News-Times is offering up just the thing.
We all know the popular board game known as Monopoly, but imagine that game board with a distinctly Newport flavor, where instead of landing on locations such as Connecticut Ave., Baltic Avenue and the Pennsylvania Railroad, game pieces land on popular Newport business and service providers. That’s the idea behind Newport-opoly,
That’s right, Newport-opoly, based on Monopoly with a uniquely familiar local feel, is available now for purchase at the News-Times office, located at 831 NE Avery St., in Newport. Each individual Newport-opoly game costs $25, and because supplies are limited, they won’t last long. Newport-opoly is available only at the News-Times, open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.
The game itself is constructed of high-quality materials, including individual player pieces made from metal. However, instead of the traditional player game pieces found in a Monopoly game, the six Newport-opoly pieces give a nod to the area. Included are a surfboard, a model of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and a Sasquatch-looking character who just happens to have extremely large feet.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A look at the game board reveals the names and logos of 38 iconic local participating sponsors, including the Power Auto Group, Mo’s Seafood & Chowder, Ossies Surf Shop, Newport Cafe and a whole lot more.
Just like Monopoly enthusiasts, Newport-opoly players roll two six-sided dice to maneuverer around the game board. In Newport-opoly, players buy Newport businesses and service providers, such as Central Lincoln PUD, developing those locations with condominiums and mansions. Different businesses charge different amounts of rent on the Newport-opoly board.
The object of both Newport-poly and Monopoly is to take ownership of as many businesses as possible, develop those sites in order to charge increased rent and to bankrupt other competitors. The last player with money is the winner.
In addition, the backside of the Newport-opoly box features a brief history of the city, which includes its first visit by white settlers in 1864, its 1882 incorporation and the seafood industry boom that started in the very early 1900s.
For further details, questions and to check on Newport-opoly’s availability, visit the News-Times or call the office at 541-265-8571.