The City of Subdued Excitement Gets its Own Game: Introducing Bellingham-opoly

Submitted by: Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce 

The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with game vendor Late for the Sky Production Company to create Bellinghamopoly, a Bellingham-themed monopoly game which features local businesses, events and parks!

The game will be available for purchase in August 2018 at Whatcom county Haggen’s locations, Woods Coffee shops, Village Books and the Western Washington University student bookstore on campus.

Haggen and Woods Coffee are the major contributors/sponsors of Bellinghamopoly.

The game pieces are inspired by icons of the Bellingham community; tokens include a coffee cup from Woods Coffee, a book from Village Books, a Viking Helmet from Western Washington University, a Haggen shopping cart and a statue from Mount Baker Theatre, with the final token being chosen by the community with a social media contest.

The Facebook and Instagram contest encourages users to vote on their top favorite out of four options: a ski, a bike, a backpack and an anchor. The contest will run from May 11-21. You can find it on Facebook @bellinghamchamber and on Instagram @bham_chamber. The hash tag will be #bellinghamopoly.

Board spaces are sponsored by iconic member businesses, events and parks. “We planned the game board intentionally to focus on places and events that people would recognize. We want it to be attractive to locals, tourists, students and former students who live elsewhere. That forced us to make strategic decisions about who could be on the game board,” said Shelli Jones, Marketing Coordinator for the chamber of commerce.

The community cards—traditionally known as “chance” cards—are represented by local nonprofits and community organizations. The customizable cards feature logos and verbiage to reinforce the local identity of the game. One example is:

You adopted a pet from the Whatcom Humane Society! Move ahead to the park and take a walk! If you pass start, collect $200.

The idea for creating this community-focused game came from Bellingham City Councilwoman Pinky Vargas who had been inspired by the 2017 Lyndenopoly game. “Pinky recommended that the chamber of commerce look into a Bellingham-themed monopoly game. The chamber staff was enthusiastic about the idea and we started working on it seven months ago. We were encouraged to learn that the games are made in the USA and are earth-friendly,” said Jones.

Proceeds of the game will benefit the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Late for the Sky is the game design company based in Cincinnati, Ohio which specializes in creating custom “opoly” games.

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