Even if you’re secluded at home, The Chamber ALX wants to give you a chance to explore Alexandria: even if it’s with a small pewter icon buying local landmarks and trying to cheat your friends in a new cutthroat spin on a classic game.
ALX-opoly is a new twist on — well, a popular board game The Chamber won’t reference for legal reasons. The board features local sites like the George Washington Masonic National Memorial and the Carlyle Lions.
“Roll the dice and travel to historical landmarks from the Waterfront to the West End,” the Chamber ALX said in an email. “No matter which space you land on, you’ll see how this city charmed residents and visitors from around the world. Explore one of our nation’s most fascinating cities from the comfort of your living room. An Alexandria themed spin to your favorite board game!”
The game is currently only for-sale in bulk sets of 10 or more boxes, priced at $35 per box, but will go on sale as individual games starting Jan. 4 for $40 per game.
Lovie Patish, Director of Events & Sponsorship for The Chamber ALX, said the game is an effort to keep folks aware of what’s around the city even while community members might be uncomfortable traveling with increasing COVID-19 figures.
“It will be a bit longer before members of the community are comfortable [visiting places],” said Patish. “This is something fun to engage the whole family.”
Each space features a different Alexandria landmark or street, like King Street or Mount Vernon avenue. The game also comes with custom pewter pieces for the game, like a small town crier, the Tall Ship Providence, a little pineapple, a horse and buggy, and a construction hat.
“We tried to get creative,” Patish said. “We’re very excited about it.”
The game also features player cards with local events like the Scottish Christmas Parade — which was canceled this year — and three landmarks highlighting local Black history.
Orders can be placed by emailing: [email protected]
Images courtesy The Chamber ALX