You roll the dice and move around the board, just like a game of monopoly. But nearly every square that you land on is named after a Rolling Stones album. The Rolling Stones have just released their own authorized version of the game of Monopoly, where instead of earning fake money, you earn fake Rolling Stones concert tickets. And instead of the thimble or the top hat, your game piece could be Mick Jagger's lips.
Billed as "Collector's Edition," the newly-released game is drawing some attention from the British press, which have released a few tantalizing pictures of the alternative game board. Instead of an empire of properties, you're trying to collect Rolling Stones albums, so Baltic Avenue has been replaced by Sticky Fingers while Mediterranean Avenue is Beggar's Banquet. And the two most coveted properties - Park Place and Boardwalk - have been replaced by their 2005 album, A Bigger Bang and by Shine a Light, the recent Stones documentary that was directed by Martin Scorsese. The game's description on Amazon even promises game pieces named after the band's songs, like a pair of Tumbling Dice or a team of Wild Horses.
The Sun newspaper's photos also seem to show other game pieces, including a tour bus, and even Charlie Watt's drum kit. And it looks like instead of the rinky-dink plastic houses and hotels, made from green and red plastic, they've been upgraded into luxury hotels made from silver and mansions of gold. One newspaper, however, suggests that in the actual game, instead of houses and hotels the properties are upgraded with first silver and then gold records. And of course, if you just can't get enough of your Rolling Stones-themed board games, there's also a Rolling Stones version of Trivial Pursuit.
Ironically, the Stones themselves had already a song long that was called "Tumbling Dice," though its lyrics seems to be more about a game of craps - and even then, only as a metaphor for something more raw.
"Baby...you got to roll me. And call me the tumblin' dice..."