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In York a couple of weeks back, a whole pavement-full of people probably thought a madman had just been released, when I went into a fit of hysterics outside a shop.

 

There was a board-game in the window (obviously home-made), called "Catopoly."

 

It was, of course, the familiar game of "Monopoly," but with all new names, such as "Go Cat - collect food" and "Go to the litter tray, go directly to the litter tray, do not pass Go-Cat."

 

This gave me the fiendish idea for "Organopoly," which would be great fun.

 

How would I re-name the properties, or for that matter, the cards in the "Community Chest" and "Chance."

 

More to the point, what would the hotels and houses need to become?

 

:)

 

MM

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In York a couple of weeks back, a whole pavement-full of people probably thought a madman had just been released, when I went into a fit of hysterics outside a shop.

 

There was a board-game in the window (obviously home-made), called "Catopoly."

 

It was, of course, the familiar game of "Monopoly," but with all new names, such as "Go Cat - collect food" and "Go to the litter tray, go directly to the litter tray, do not pass Go-Cat."

 

This gave me the fiendish idea for "Organopoly," which would be great fun.

 

How would I re-name the properties, or for that matter, the cards in the "Community Chest" and "Chance."

 

More to the point, what would the hotels and houses need to become?

 

:)

 

MM

 

 

Although this putative game might have a very small market, I think you're on to a winner for some obsessives, MM. The main question is whether the players should be organists or organ-builders. I suggest organists, because there are more traps for the unwary.

 

The properties could be organ-music composers (houses and hotels can be replaced with stacks of music - a token of your expertise and therefore right to tell everyone else they're doing it wrong), while stations could become cathedral posts. Utilities could be council positions at RCO RSCM RCM etc. Community Chest can be renamed Qualifications with a pile of cards offering musical diplomas* to be collected by anyone who lands there. Passing Go could give you increased income as your qualifications accumulate. *These (as in real life) can be bought by those who have not the luck to land in the right place to get them free. I wonder if Go to Jail ought still be 'Go to Jail' bearing in mind the number of organists who (apparently) are there (at any one time).

 

Chance card samples:

 

Present at your recital is the composer of a piece you've just trashed in public. Go back three spaces.

 

Elderly clergyman with possible amorous intent recruits you for his church. Throw both dice, with a score of less than 8 you must give up three composers - unplayable on your new instrument.

 

Your instrument fails to function the night before a vital service. Pay £200 for emergency organ-builder call-out.

 

Major row with choir, go back to Sweelinck.

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Clearly the stations become

Bach, Listz, Widor and Franck.

 

Obviously St Sulpice is Mayfair :)

 

 

Houses become Assistants

 

Hotels become Co-Organists

 

Money is pages of scores e.g. £500 page of Bach; £100 sheet of Listz; ... £1 sheet of Elgar etc

 

If you should land on St Sulpice with 4 co - organists your music will be totally cleaned out and you will have to retire from the game with good grace.

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I wonder if Go to Jail ought still be 'Go to Jail' bearing in mind the number of organists who (apparently) are there (at any one time).

 

 

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Crazy things always seem to happen in York, for some obscure reason.

 

I recall....nay...it is etched upon my memory, the day I went to York with an assistant-organist, who was then about 18 or so, and very amusing.

 

We did the usual crawl.....Station, pub, Bank's, pub, Minster, pub, Betty's, pub, Evensong, pub.

 

Afetr Evensong, we didn't really care what day it was, but we nevertheless strolled around the streets before the time came to depart for the station, and as I wasn't driving, I had imbibed a little myself.

 

York being a city of skylines, we were looking at towers and gargoyles, timber framed buildings, roman columns and that sort of thing; not really looking where we were going: eyes raised heavenwards.

 

Suddenly, my assistant organist was involved in something vaguely resembling a rugby-scrum, as he crashed into a stationary youth who had stopped to fasten his shoe-laces; his mother at his side.

 

A brief apology would have sufficed, but when the assistant organist just looked down, raised both hands, smiled and uttered an "Ooooh," I wanted to melt into the pavement.

 

The youth's mother found it very amusing, but the poor lad himself went bright-red; possibly emotionally-scarred for life.

 

:)

 

MM

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Clearly the stations become

Bach, Listz, Widor and Franck.

 

Obviously St Sulpice is Mayfair :lol:

Houses become Assistants

 

Hotels become Co-Organists

 

Money is pages of scores e.g. £500 page of Bach; £100 sheet of Listz; ... £1 sheet of Elgar etc

 

If you should land on St Sulpice with 4 co - organists your music will be totally cleaned out and you will have to retire from the game with good grace.

 

 

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OK....I've put some serious thought into this, because Monopoly is an investment game, in which good accounting and investment methods yield the best results.

 

First of all, what pieces should we have?

 

I think the following equivalents would be about right:-

 

Top Hat = Arthur Harrison detached console

 

Old boot = A Cavaille-Coll detached console

 

Iron = A Brindley & Foster detached console (Sheffield....get it?)

 

Battleship = A William Hill detached console; built to last, slow and faithful

 

Racing Car = An old left-hand drive Rieger Kloss console from the communist era, which regularly breaks

down and emits clouds of smoke.

 

Dog = Walker detached console circa 1965

 

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Now the cards:-

 

CHANCE

 

1. GO BACK THREE SPACES

2. ADVANCE TO ST.PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. IF YOU PRESS THE BLOWER SWITCH, COLLECT £200,000

3. MAKE GENERALS REPAIRS. FOR EACH PARISH ORGAN PAY £120,000. FOR EACH CONCERT HALL ORGAN, PAY £2,400,000.

4. TAKE A TRIP TO WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL. COLLECT £200,000 ADVANCE FOR PARKING FEES.

5. PAY CHOIR-SCHOOL FEES £4,000

6 ADVANCE TO WESTMINSTER ABBEY. IF YOU PASS THE BLOWER SWITCH, COLLECT £200,000 TO COVER COST OF TRAVEL AND CONGESTION CHARGE (NON TAXABLE)

7. YOU ARE ASSESSED FOR CONSULTANCY FEES. £400 FOR EACH PARISH ORGAN, £8,500 FOR EACH CATHEDRAL/CONCERT HALL ORGAN.

8. ADVANCE TO BLOWER SWITCH

9. BANK PAYS YOU DIVIDEND OF £50, BUT DEDUCTS OVERDRAFT-LETTER CHARGES OF £50

10. YOU COMPLETED THE TIMES CROSSWORD DURING THE SERMON, COLLECT £100 AND A FREE SUBSCRIPTION

11. DRUNK IN CHARGE OF ORGAN - FINED £200 AND CAR CONFISCATED BY CUSTOMS AFTER TRIP TO ST-OUEN

12. GO TO THE BLOWER CHAMBER, GO DIRECTLY TO THE BLOWER CHAMBER. DO NOT TOUCH THE CABLES. DO NOT PRESS THE BLOWER SWITCH OR COLLECT £200,000

13. YOUR ORGAN FUND HAS REACHED £100,00 AND THE BANK PAY YOU INTEREST, LESS YEARLY CHARGES. COLLECT £1.

14. SPEEDING FINE - WIDOR TOCCATA - PAY £150

15 ADVANCE TO WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL

 

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COMMUNITY CHEST (Compton)

 

1. YOU INHERIT AN OBSCENE AMOUNT OF MONEY, AND MAY SPEND IT ON A HOME PRACTICE PIPE-ORGAN.COLLECT £250,000

2. MUSIC DOCTORATE FEE.....PAY £1,000 TO DUBIOUS AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

3. RECEIVE INTEREST ON ORGAN FUND, LESS YEARLY CHARGES. COLLECT £1

4. GO BACK TO THE SCHEIDT YOU USED TO PLAY

5. IT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY, COLLECT £1 FROM EACH FELLOW ORGANIST

6. ADVANCE TO THE BLOWER SWITCH

7. PAY A £1,000 FINE OR FACE THE VICAR

8. FROM SALE OF HISTORIC ORGAN REPLACED BY ELECTRONIC, COLLECT EU 500, UK-£348 OR POLISH SLOTY 2200

9. PAY TUNER £1,000 TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT THE REAL CONDITION OF THE ORGAN

10. ORGANIST'S SALARY INCREASE - COLLECT £2.75

11. INCOME TAX REFUND - COLLECT £300 IN TWO YEAR'S TIME

12. BANK ERROR IN YOUR FAVOUR - COLLECT £200, LESS CHARGES = £1

13. YOU WIN THE ST ALBANS COMPETITION AT THE 6TH ATTEMPT - COLLECT YOUR TROPHY AND £20O TOWARDS TUTION FEES

14. PAY REDUNDANCY RISK INSURANCE - £50,000

15. GO TO THE BLOWER ROOM (AS ABOVE)

16. GET OUT OF THE BLOWER ROOM (AS ABOVE)

 

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I think the Houses and Hotels would have to be Parish rebuilds and Cathedral rebuilds, and the income from them the usual backhanders. :)

 

That just leaves the various venues, places and services to sort out.

 

However, all potential players should note that (a ) They can never win (b ) They will never make a profit

(c ) The money will be kept in a locked safe in the vestry. (In the event that music counts as money, expect a final valuation of the second-hand stock to reduce from the initial £25,000 to 50p per copy in a sale at the local organist's association AGM.

 

MM

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Obviously the 'Go to Prison' square should be the 'Go to the RCO'

 

Chance Cards:

 

1) You went to an Arty Nobile 'Fusician' Concert. Take a double dose of your meds.

2) You attended a three hour lecture of famous Polish Organ Composers by Musing Muso. Run away three spaces.

3) Steve Bournias corners you with one his mega organ designs for the Grand Canyon. Seek God's forgiveness as you punch his lights out

 

Community Chest Cards:

1) RCO subscription fees. Pay £200 and get nothing in return

2) You attend your local organists association organ crawl. Pay £10 and take ear-plugs and colostomy bag

3) Jennifer Bate plays a charity organ recital. Church fills with hundreds of teenage organist fans. Collect £500

4) Peter Collins builds a new organ. Other organ builders clamour for rebuilding contract. Waste £100,000

5) Your diocesan organ advisor condemns your Father Willis. Save £2,500,000

6) Allen Organs go bust. Organists all over the world rejoice

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Nominations for The four 'Utilities' :

 

Klais

Marcussen

Rieger

Flentrop

 

:-;

 

H

 

 

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I think "Organopoly" has to retain a British/London bias, as per the actual game.

 

Then again, on second thoughts, you're probably quite correct!

 

MM

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In York a couple of weeks back, a whole pavement-full of people probably thought a madman had just been released, when I went into a fit of hysterics outside a shop.

 

There was a board-game in the window (obviously home-made), called "Catopoly."

 

It was, of course, the familiar game of "Monopoly," but with all new names, such as "Go Cat - collect food" and "Go to the litter tray, go directly to the litter tray, do not pass Go-Cat."

 

This gave me the fiendish idea for "Organopoly," which would be great fun.

 

How would I re-name the properties, or for that matter, the cards in the "Community Chest" and "Chance."

 

More to the point, what would the hotels and houses need to become?

 

:huh:

 

MM

 

Nothing to do with The Organ and its Music, but does anybody remember/own the Star Trek (NG) version of monopoly that came out about 10 years ago?

 

Peter

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Nothing to do with The Organ and its Music, but does anybody remember/own the Star Trek (NG) version of monopoly that came out about 10 years ago?

 

Peter

 

 

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I recall a "Star Wars" version, but not a Treky one.

 

MM

 

I've been following this topic with interest, as I saw just the thing in a branch of W.H. Smiths recently. This is what you need...

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Lamond-Games-...y/dp/B0000AC97S

I look forward to the result!

S

 

 

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I'm still blinking at this!

 

Let's get this straight, you buy a box and a piece of board, 1 X CD, a set of instructions and then do the rest yourself (unless it comes with appropriate detached consoles and little red and green organs).

 

For this, they charge the outrageous sum of £13.75!

 

On the other hand, like the miserly organist that I am, I can go to a charity shop, get a Monopoly game for 50p, take out my "Blue Peter" (here's one we made earlier) kit, a felt-tip pen and in the time it takes to say the words "Prelude & Fugue," we're in business.

 

Actually, I think I have another idea for a game, based on "Dungeons & Dragons," which I would rename "Organists & Clergy."

 

Then there's "Snakes & Spiral Stairs" and the Anglican "revised" version of "A house divided"

 

Shuffleboard could become Setterboard, and the game "Mystery of the Abbey" could become, "Has anyone seen the organist?"

 

I think the biggest winner of all would be a game exclusively for the younger choristers, in the form of a Coffee Table Casino, complete with roulette wheel.

 

Of course, Jig-Saw puzzles of famous organ-cases would be fun. I imagine that one would have to set aside a little time for some of the more exotic ones.

 

MM

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