(written from a Production point of view)
Monopoly is a popular "property trading" board game produced by Parker Brothers (now a subsidiary of Hasbro). The game's basic object is to acquire the most money and properties, often bankrupting your opponents in the process.
Often – either itself or through licensees – special "themed" versions of the game are produced for different franchises. As of 2012, board game company USAopoly has produced four such games for the Star Trek franchise:
- Star Trek Limited Edition Monopoly
- Star Trek: The Next Generation Collector's Edition Monopoly
- Star Trek Continuum Edition Monopoly
- Star Trek Klingon Edition Monopoly
In 1999, a Star Trek: The Next Generation Monopoly with the autographs of all TNG main cast members was auctioned off on the Galaxy Ball, a charity event held for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles. The winner paid US$250.00 for the board game. The auction was presented by several cast members of Star Trek: Voyager, including Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Tim Russ, Robert Duncan McNeill, and Ethan Phillips.