The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards and the brilliant open-world gameplay has attracted millions of fans the world over.
So, what’s a Skyrim fan to do when they’ve explored every last corner of the game, or are looking for a break from their screen? Play Monopoly Skyrim Edition of course!
Yes, that’s right there is a Skyrim version of Monopoly. It is pretty rare, so chances are that you haven’t seen it, but I’m here to tell you all about it.
Why Buy Skyrim Monopoly?
Monopoly The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Edition is sure to appeal to fans of both Skyrim the game and Monopoly fans that like to try out all the new versions.
In this Monopoly game, you get to explore the world of Skyrim whilst trading properties that represent locations that will be familiar to gamers. It came out in 2017 and can be played by between 2 and 6 players. The recommended age is 8+.
Scroll through these photos to take a look inside the box…
I got Skyrim Monopoly, and was planning to keep it sealed. But I just couldn’t. It’s awesome!
The game board looks great with a nice map of Skyrim in the center – this is a great way to get a feel for the Skyrim world and will definitely help if you are playing with friends who aren’t familiar with the video game.
The game has been well thought out to include some nice touches that make the game feel like it is part of the Skyrim world. As you travel around the board, the place names are taken from the video game with properties including Helgen, Riverwood, Honningbrew Meadery, Tower of Mzark, Sovngarde, and Dragon Bridge.
Instead of having to pay taxes, you’re asked to pay bribes or pay bounties. There’s an Alchemist instead of the Electric Company and a Blacksmith instead of the Waterworks. Rather than railroads, you have Companions, Thieves Guild, College of Winterhold, and Dark Brotherhood.
The game comes with some nice playing tokens based upon items from Skyrim. You can choose between an iron helmet, treasure chest, potion bottle, shield, cheese wheel, and amulet. These are made of metal which gives a much higher quality feel than the cardboard tokens that some of the more recent Monopoly editions have used.
Instead of the standard Chance and Community Chest Cards, you get Throat of the World cards with messages like ‘Complete a quest for the thieves guild – Collect 50$’ and Fus Ro Dah cards with things like ‘Use the skeleton key to get out of jail free’. As you can see, it’s definitely still Monopoly, but with a Skyrim twist.
The money looks good and has been designed in a Skyrim style, but it is a bit of a shame that it uses the standard Monopoly $M currency rather than adopting the use of Septons as in the game.
It’s a minor quibble though and Monopoly always likes to keep some of its classic features in the franchise editions (there are also always the standard jail and free parking squares in the corners).
It is disappointing that the game comes with just a standard set of houses, hotels, and dice. This is an area where some versions of Monopoly have made a bit more effort with some great alternatives used in the Star Wars and Disney editions where you have spaceships and castles to make it feel a bit more special.
Where Can You Buy Skyrim Monopoly?
It is actually pretty hard to get your hands on a copy of Skyrim Monopoly. It’s worth having a look on Amazon as it can sometimes be found for sale there.
Otherwise, eBay is your best bet. At the time of writing, you can buy new copies for $120 from the USA, but it is actually cheaper to buy from Australia or the UK where you can pick it up for around $80 even with shipping to the USA.
Games That Are Similar To Skyrim Monopoly
If you don’t have the budget to blow $100 or so on a board game, here are some alternatives that you might also be interested in…
1. Monopoly Dungeons & Dragons
Monopoly Dungeons and Dragons is another great version of Monopoly that brings together two of the most famous games ever in one package. The rules are closely aligned with classic Monopoly, but as with the Skyrim version, there are plenty of D&D touches to please fans of that game.
The board is dominated by some great artwork of a fire-breathing dragon looming over the Dungeons and Dragons characters. In this game, the Chance and Community Chest cards are known as Treasure and Encounter cards whilst properties are famous D&D monsters.
The game comes with some really nice miniature figures for the playing tokens that represent classes including Halfling Rogue, Human Fighter, Elven Ranger, and Tiefling Bard.
2. Skyrim Risk
Another classic board game gets the Skyrim treatment in Skyrim Risk. It’s an entirely new version of the strategic conquest game that introduces new rules and abilities to add to the game-play. You gain magic each turn which can be used to cast spells during the game (spells add things like healing units and counterattacking units).
There are dragons that stay in one territory and can’t move, but each army has one hero who can defeat and kill the dragon if luck is on their side. You can also buy weapons and armor for heroes.
There has definitely been some thought put into how this game plays as a Skyrim version of Risk rather than a simple re-brand. All in all, it is great fun!
3. Skyrim The Adventure Game
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – The Adventure Game is a new tabletop game based on the Skyrim video game. The game is currently crowdfunding via Gamefound and a tutorial is currently available to play for free on Tabletop Simulator.
This cooperative game allows you to explore Skyrim taking on the role of heroes involved in epic quests. There are character miniatures that include the Khajiit, Nord, or High Elf. Of course, there are spells and weapons aplenty as you battle your way across Skyrim fighting Dragons, Daedra, Trolls, and more.
It’s a game that you can play over and over as the decisions you take affect the storyline meaning no two games are the same.
Skyrim Monopoly – or to give it its full title, ‘Monopoly: The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim’, is a fun option for a Skyrim board game, but you’ll need some luck to find a copy.
Don’t despair too much if you can’t – there are thousands of Monopoly versions in existence so you’re bound to find an alternative you like.