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The Case of The Curious Curator: Get Out of Missoula Court Free!

Remember those good old family feuds over the Monopoly Board, when you’d hypothesize about who was starting an alliance with whom, scheme over the most clever way to trick your parent or sibling into giving you Park Place, and struggle not to mortgage all your houses? Well now the Missoula Strings on Tour and Pride Distributors have designed a game that allows you to play and feud in your very own home town! I give you Missoula-Opoly: where you can purchase your favorite local cafe or restaurant, be it the tasty Petit Outre or savory Wordens, and compete with friends and family over domination of your city!

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In Missoula-Opoly things are a little different. Instead of purchasing property and then proceeding to buy hotels and houses, you buy property and then purchase clientele. The clientele are represented by green and red tokens and once you have four tokens you have reached maximum capacity and can move on to filling up your other properties. There are no Chance or Community Chest cards in this game. Instead, you have something called Fate and First Security Bank cards, which have similar messages as the original Monopoly Game. You can draw a card and immediately be sent to Missoula Court, or you can be commanded to proceed straight to Start, passing the Southgate Mall and the Carrousel along the way. Can you guess the most expensive properties on the Board, the Missoula equivalent of Board Walk or Park Place? I would have guessed the scrumptious Pearl Restaurant or the popular Trail Head, but alas no. The most expensive places on this Board are The Stewart Insurance Company and In Good Taste the delicatessen. Get your hand on these places and you’ll be running the town for sure.

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The gorgeous pastoral landscape in the middle of the Board was drawn by Monte Dolack and if you are interested in viewing more of his whimisical paintings you can go here: http://www.dolack.com/. This particular print of Dolack’s was chosen for the depiction of the grass violin, which is a perfect match and symbol for the Missoula Strings on Tour. The Missoula Strings on Tour created this board to help promote their program, which teaches violin to young children and travels around the world to share and study music. More information on The Missoula Strings on Tour can be found here http://www.missoulastringsontour.com/, where they also sell the Missoula-Opoly Board Game!

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