ALMOST 2,000 special edition Alan Turing Monopoly sets have been sold in the build up to Christmas to customers around the world.
Developed from a hand-drawn board by William Newman, son of Turing’s mentor, Max, more than 60 years ago, the game was announced earlier this year.
Search engine giants Google bought the first 1,000 sets on behalf of the Bletchley Park Trust to help with the ongoing fundraising to restore iconic Codebreaking Huts and Blocks, many of which have fallen into dereliction.
In this special edition of Monopoly, the squares around the board and revised Chance and Community Chest cards tell the story of Alan Turing’s life along with key elements of the original hand-drawn board, which the great mathematician played on with a young William in the early 1950s – and lost.
“Bringing this board to life has been one of the most exciting and unique projects we’ve been involved with here, and we’re thrilled to see it finally available for others to enjoy,” said Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust. “This edition really completes the fantastic story of the board, from it being played on by Turing (and his losing on it!), to it going missing and then being rediscovered and donated to the museum here. Of course, we’re also very proud that Bletchley Park adorns the ‘Mayfair’ square!”
Peter Griffin, Development Director EMEA, Winning Moves, added, “We hope fans of Turing across the globe will enjoy playing on this very special edition of Monopoly. Through play, they will find out more about Turing’s remarkable life and his crucial role shaping the society we enjoy today. As an ex-student of Kings College, where Turing himself studied, this was an honour to help develop.”
To get your hands on a copy of the game before it sells out, visit http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/shop/monopoly. Sets are priced £29.99