Wednesday, 27 April 2011

How To Play

GameBoard designed by my rather amazing Boy - thankyou

Bookcrossing Monopoly is a wild releasing game, with challenges each turn (a turn is two weeks) and points to earn... the team with the most points at the end wins
Each turn, the gamehost (hem... me, Vekiki) will role the virtual dice and move the pieces... where will you land?
Your team has the length of the turn (two weeks) to complete the challenge you have landed on (more details below), and post on the forum with a link to your released book (you can release more than one book if you want, but you have to nominate only one to count towards the game)
The game will last 15 turns (30 weeks) - if you choose not to play for a turn or two, that's fine, but you won't earn any points that turn
The winner is the person or team with the most points after the last turn

The Different Kinds of Square:
Types of square that you may land on the board are:
- Location Squares: like in normal monopoly, most of the squares are locations - simply wild release a book at that location and claim your point! You can be as imaginative as you like in how you define a 'tree' or 'rainbows end' - the more original your idea, the better
- Community Bookshelf: If you land on a bookshelf square, you need to pick any other monopoly player (not in your team!) and send them a wishlist book. This is the only time that controlled releases count in this game.
To clarify: your team still gets a catch when a wishlist book you sent is received - AND the team you post to gets a point for the catch as well. It follows the same rules as any other book in play with points for re-releases too.
- Local Meet up / BC Convention: O-Oh! You get tempted by the book buffet and take more books than you leave... lose a point :(
- Planes and trains: make a release on public transport - trains or planes, buses or  (Boris) bikes... Bally's on the move!
- Chance: take a chance card.... no way to guess what that may be...
- Achoo / In Bed With Flu / Just Visiting: if you land on the Achoo square - Oh No! Looks like you are ill. You sneeze propels you forward to Bed, and you must sit this turn out while you recover. But, if the role of the dice lands you on the bottom left hand corner square, you're safe - just visiting a friend while they are ill - how nice. Your friend is so grateful that they give you one of there points! But who are you visiting? Well, that is up to you - you must do a release themed around the team who's point you want to steal
- Free Release: Go Wild!
- Super-speed Release: Quickly Quickly! You only have half a turn - one week - to make a quickie release!
- Go! This is where we all start, and as you travel the board during the game, you get to make an extra release when you pass Go...

And... if you complete all the challenges of a particular colour, you get to make an extra release themed to that colour

Scoring points:
One point each for any of the following:
  • challenge book released
  • book caught
  • AF sign up to BC
  • Book re-released
  • successful hunting of another team's Monopoly book
  • and... Bonus points
Bonus points are given out by the gamehost for special releases - but she's very hard to impress.... Try to theme the book to your location, or making your bookdrop in fancy dress, or anything to catch her eye and make your team stand out

The Teams:
We form teams 3 players  each- how you delegate who does each challenge in your team is up to you
Teams will be announced on Friday 6th May

Join In:
The game - and the reserve list - are now full, so no more people can sign up to play, sorry (this was much more popular than I was expecting, if i run it again I'll try to plan for more people, but let's see how this goes first).
Players: I am currently organising your teams. Mention if there is another player who you'd like to be on a team with (or if there's someone you definitely don't want to team up with)
Teams will be announced Thursday 5th May

Game starts Monday 9th May, and new turns will be announced every other Monday. Turns will be announced here, and on the Release Challenges forum on the main BC site

Once we get going, you can email photos of your releases to Vekiki and she'll include them on the weeks page (at the minute, it's best to PM Vekiki on the bookcrossing site, as that links to her main email which gets checked more frequently)

(oh... erm.. it's just for fun, and to claim the title as BCMP Champions - no actual prizes!) 

I bet there are questions; look below and see if someone beat you to it, or go over to the Release Challenges forum thread and ask 'em. I'll do my best to explain; I've never hosted anything like this before, so I'm still learning , plus I'm sure there'll turn out to be stuff I haven't thought of... in which case we shall fill in any blanks as we come across them.

Some Questions so far: 
(I've put the 'out of date' questions about things like picking teams in smaller font to help you find the stuff that is still relevant)

* I'd rather not be in a team with x, or on a team called y, is that ok?
Sure - not everyone gets along with everyone else, that's just a fact of human life. if you let me know, I won't make you team up with any particular person. Ditto team names. the team names  are based on the token that you play with in Monopoly - and if you're anything like my family, everyone has a favourite 'lucky' token... 
*Do I need to be in the same country as my team mates? 
nope! you can communicate via email / PM. 

* I'm not very confident with my english skills, it's not my first language, can I still play?
Sure thing, Bookcrossing knows no language boundaries!  English is my mother tongue and I make mistakes all the time with spelling and grammar rules (and typos. If you haven't noticed yet, trust me you will!) I would advise though  to request at least one team mate who is a confident English speaker - simply because i will always be posting in english  (the only other language I speak is Dranasian Secret Sign language, which is very hard to type) and it may cause problems otherwise. You can either request a friend to team with to help you translate, or let me know and I'll try to find you another player who speaks English and at least a little of whatever your native tongue may be. We're shaping up to be a pretty global game! 

* Can I count books from other challenge games towards this?

* What if i'm busy or go on holiday?
because there's a team of you, if your busy and can't act promptly, your team-mates will be able to take that challenge instead
To be clear, you play as a team - so as long as one of your team does the challenge, your covered. And even if you decide to sit a turn out, that's fine, just you don't get the points :)

* What if my team and I can't get to a suitable release spot?
you can interpret them however you like. So one spot is castles and palaces: now, not everyone can get to a real castle - but you can build a sand castle... or leave a book in front of a painting of a palace in an art gallery... or find a toy shop with toy castles... or maybe something to do with the castle pieces in chess? Or... well... anything you can come up with. Creative thinking is your friend - and will earn you bonus points! 

*Will mailing to other players cost a lot and mean I have to keep going to the post office?
the controlled releasing is only involved if you land on a bookshelf space - the equivalent of community chest on a normal monopoly board. And as you're in teams, you can discuss with your team who will do the book posting. As it's a pretty international game, you should be able to find players close-ish to home. (or maybe even close enough to pass books by hand) plus, of course, if you do land on that square, it's not compulsory, you can sit that turn out

*How will I know when each turn is posted?
Before the game starts, I'll send a PM out to everyone with their team on it, and just after that the first turn will be posted on the forum - I won't be PMing each turn out to every individual as I just don't have time to do that each fortnight - but I'll be posting in the release challenges forum, and here on the blog.
I'll be posting the turns each fortnight on a Monday, so you can just check then for your challenge - though of course if you drop in on the forum more often you can see what other teams are up to and get inspiration, chatter... speculate about who's winning...

*Can my team release as many books as we like?
Well... yes, you can release them. But only one book per team per challenge will count towards the game, you need to send me a link to that book's release notes to claim your point. Some weeks you may get the opportunity to do two challenges

* How do we as a team decide on our release - just pick one between us and do it, or do one each then choose the most creative to submit for the game?How you decide each turn within your team is up to you guys - maybe you come up with better ideas by brainstorming together first, or maybe you all want to make a release so you just pick names out of hats, or maybe one of you has a great idea and another person acts it out... however you choose to play, as long as the team is happy with it, is fine.

*What do we need to do to claim our points?
All you have to do is send an email to me ( bcmonopoly at mail dot com ), with a link to the book (I say email rather than PM as PMs sometimes go missing...). Giving me a bit more info about why you choose that release if you want - or include it in the release notes, it helps me see how the challenge was done and that makes picking who gets bonus points easier.
You can post on the forum as well if you choose, it's nice and is fun for people to watch the turn unfold, but it's not necessary to claim your points
Likewise pictures are fun to see, and if you send them I will include them in the blog, but they are not 'compulsory'
so all you HAVE to do to get the point is email me a link to the book's page.
The same applies for claiming points in case of a book getting caught / re released / new member sign up / etc... to claim your point just email the link to me. If you then want to go and gloat on the forum, well, who am I to stop you?!

If I email you photos, what happens with them?
I'll post them here on the blog! I'll be doing a sort of weekly write up of all the completed challenges and photos will be included in that. I considered doing a flicker account or somesuch, but decided it was nicer to have everything all in one place, and i dont; mind the extra work uploading a photo album.
If you prefer, you can include pictures in the release notes for the book instead (or as well), or just not have photos.

* Do teams get a bonus point if they complete one colour on the board?
Not bonus points - they get to do a book release themed around that colour, so they get points for the release / catches/ etc that come with that. They could earn a bonus point too on that release, same as any other.
The turn that they land on the final location of the colour, that is the turn they have to make the colour-release too (so... say you have 2 red done already, then next turn you land on the third red... you have to do a book release for the location, and one for the colour, in the two weeks of that turn - in any order)

Introducing Bookcrossing Monopoly

I absolutely loved playing the game of Bookcrossing Monopoly that Iiwi hosted on the Dutch Forum a couple of years ago... so I'm stealing the idea (with his permission) and hosting my own version. I'm made some changes to the game, I'm designing a new board and I'm looking for people to play!
so... let's collect £200 and GO....

Team Top Hat 2011

Team Top Hat are:
- sing-on-a-star (UK)
- 6of8 (USA)
- klaradyn (South Africa)

Team's Releases:
Market: The Apple
Market: How to Survive Christmas
Church: Catholic and Christian
Collect The Browns: Dying for Chocolate
Sports Ground:
Tree: The Savage Garden which got caught too 
Cafe: Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris
Museums and Galleries: K, the Art of Love
Square: How to Read a Poem...: and Start a Poetry Circle bonus point!
Collect the yellows: My Life as a Ten Year Old Boy
Castles and Palaces:  Poseidon's Gold
Passing Go: Do Not Pass Go,  As Far As You Can Go Without a Passport
Chance Card: Healing release - The English Patient
Just Visiting: The City & The City
Community bookshelf: Careless in Red - book caught :)
Chance Card: Hot & cold Double release - Ice cream & Riding The Desert Trail 
Chance Card: Heros & Heroines - An uncommon heroine & An Extraordinary Life Sir Edmund Hillary
Planes & Trains; The Railway Detective

This team caught;
Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul
This team are in possession of a 'Medicine: Get out of Bed' card

Current Score: 24

Team Iron 2011

Team Iron are:
- bookguide (Netherlands)
- lils74 (Nepal)
- flewry (USA)

Team's Releases:
Market: Double Star
Church: A Bad Bride's Tale 
Collect the browns:  The Good Earth
Playground: De eilander  
City Centre: De brug
Cinemas and theatres: Grimmig gezelschap
Collect the Light Blues: The Hakawati plus a bonus point, and a catch with AF sign up
Sports Ground: De beste golfverhalen caught! plus AF sign up, and a bonus point
Tree: Oliver Twist (and a bonus point!)
OBCZ; Pardon Me, You're Stepping On My Eyeball!
Collect the oranges:  Grimm's Fairy Tales
Cafe: Joseph Andrews
Museums and galleries: Want dit is mijn lichaam
Square: Nintendo kies je eigen avontuur - de handige hagedis
collect the yellows: Ster in de stad
Statues & Monuments: The Great Gatsby which earned a catch, an AF sign-up and a bonus point :) 

Passing Go; Tooth And Nail, The Art of Drowning
Community Bookshelf: Picture of Dorian Grey book caught ;)
Just Visiting: Guilty Pleasures 
Planes and Trains: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 
Nottingham: The Fox

This Team Caught:
An Instance of the Fingerpost
Careless in Red

Current Score: 36

Team Scottie-Dog 2011

Team Scottie-Dog are:
- abigailann (UK)
- bradgirl (UK)
- wal-89 (UK)

Team's Releases:

Shopping Centre: Shopaholic & Baby 
Rainbow's End: Where Rainbows End - and a bonus point
Bench: Perfect Day Hurrah - Bonus Point!
Collect the Pinks: Four Play
Tree: Robin Hood
Historic Places: The Temple of a Million Years: Vol. 2 (Ramses)
Restaurant: Teddybears Eat Out
school: Mr Majeika And The School Book Week
castles and palaces; The Queen and I - book caught
hotel: Hotel World

passing go: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban - Bonus point!
Chance card: Pies and Prejudice
community bookshelf: The Killing Floor (book caught, then re-released and caught again!)
Nottingham:  Play Dead 
Power station:
Super speed: Puzzle School

This Team Caught:
The Picture of Dorian Grey

0.5 points stolen!

Current Score: 22.5

Team Boot 2011

Team Boot are:
- Passmaster (Netherlands)
- marko167 (Spain)
- Erishkigal (USA)

Team's Releases:
market: Het kleine boek van het vaken
Shopping Centre: Get Out Of My Life, But First Could You Drive Cheryl And Me To The Mall
Rainbow's EndThe Wizard of Oz - Bonus Point! Book caught, plus AF sign up
bench Het zit op de bank en het zapt
Collect the pinks; Over kanker
Sports Ground: The Damned Utd and another bonus point...
OBCZ; Duizend schitterende zonnen a bonus point and a catch :)
Tree: Bits of Paradise (Bonus Point - Woop Woop!)
Collect the Oranges: Oranje Jaarboek
Tables and chairs: Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul (and a bonus point... again!)
Square: Across The Nightingale Floor - caught and new member sign up, and another Bonus Point
Cafe: One Dangerous Lady 
museums and galleries:The Grapes of Wrath
Collect the yellows: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Statues and Monuments; All Creatures Great & Small - another Bonus Point!

Passing Go: Justice Denied - yet another bonus point! Bushwacked
Chance card - triple time sync challenge: Fat Free Living, Cocina Tradicional Espanola, Jaargetijden op schaal 
Nottingham: Kosher Cookery  and a bonus point
Trains and Planes: Never Stop Pushing

This team Caught:
Twilight Eyes

Point Stolen by Team cannon
Point Stolen by Team Racecar

Current Score: 35

Team Cannon 2011

Team Cannon are:
- sklose (Germany)
- Antara (Germany)
- T02S03B11D20 (USA)

Team's Releases:
Playground: Unter schwarzer Flagge Plus bonus point!
Cinemas and Theatres: Marley and Me
City Centre Spatzen in Gottes Hand
Collect the Light Blues: Smoke: Blue in the Face  bonus point! and a catch
sports Ground: Box Socials - bonus point!
OBCZ: Am anderen Ende des Mikroskops plus a bonus point
Tree: Novecento caught and AF sign up
Collect the Oranges: Five Quarters of the Orange
Square: The House on Bostwick Square 
Museums & Galleries: A Winkle in Time
Cafe Mörder ohne Gesicht book caught!
Collect the yellows:  Große Erzähler des 20. Jahrhunderts: Groe Erzahler DES 20. Jahrhunderts book caught & AF sign up! 
Park: Annie Freeman's Fabulous Travelling Funeral
Hotel: Lach dich schief.The Austere Academy and a catch with AF sign up
Collect the dark Blues: The Light FantasticWinterkartoffelknödel and a catch
Just Visiting: Statt Blumen - Bonus point!
Passing Go: Nowhere In Africa, Furcht erregende Darbietungen
Community bookshelf: Radieschen von unten got caught & a bonus point! Twilight Eyes book caught ;)
Nottingham: Outlaw 

Current Score: 40

Team Thimble 2011

Team Thimble are:
- azuki (USA)
- ApoloniaX (Germany)
- prachitulshan (India)

Team's Releases:
Playground: So That's How I Was Born
Restaurant: In The Miso Soup plus a bonus point 
Tables & Chairs: The Silver Chair
Historic Places; Dead Watch
Collect the reds; Trail of the dead 
Square: Boy Who Loved Anne Frank - another Bonus Point! and a catch, with re-release
Cafe:  Aa Chai Aa Chai Chai
Museums & Galleries: Gods Behaving Badly bonus point!
Collect the Yellows: Contradictionary
School: Full House -  bonus point
Castles and Palaces: Crathes Castle and Garden Guidebook
Statues and Monuments: The Pillars of the Earth
Collect the greens: Irish Fairy Tales  
Park: Mansfield Park 
Hotel: Männer sind wie Schokolade
Collect the Dark Blues: Inheritance of Loss

Passing Go: Home - Bonus Point! How to Cook Everything
Power station: Ignited Minds which earned a Bonus Point!
Community Bookshelf: Chocolat (book caught) 
Nottingham: Hide
Chance card - buried teasure challenge; Truckers

Current Score: 31

Team Racecar 2011

Team Racecar are:
- Dutch-book (Netherlands)
- marsala (UK)
- Beecie (USA)

Team's Releases:

Playground: Where The Wild Things Are which earned a bonus point
City Centre: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Cinemas and Theatres: The Last Song
Collect the light bluesThe Second Time Around bonus point 
Rainbow's End: The Wizard of Oz
Tree: The Book of Lost Things
Restaurant: Sex and the City
Historic Places: Amsterdam
Castle: Jewel
School: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them (bonus point!)
Statues & Monuments And the Ass Saw the Angel (plus a bonus point)
Collect the Greens:  Nothing Lasts Forever

Planes & Trains: O Pioneers - caught and AF sign up - and now re-released!
Community bookshelf: An Instance of the fingerpost (book caught!)
Passing Go; If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, The Little Book of Calm
Water: Small Island
Nottingham: The White Woman on the Green Bicycle
Chance card - ins and out double release:  
Just Visiting Doctor Will See You Now

This team caught:
Last Chance Saloon

Point stolen by Team Moneybag

Current Score: 28

Team Train 2011

Team Train are:
- keeta1 (New Zealand)
- gypsysmom (USA)
- Poofy (Netherlands)

Team's Releases:
Market: Hambone
Church: A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
Collect the browns: Best Kept Secrets
Cinema & Theatre: The Rehearsal 
Playground: Le Rugbyman - bonus point!
City Centre: Calgary's Grand Story
Collect the light blues: Death Comes for the Archbishop - bonus point
BenchDood spoor
Shopping Centre: Life Expectancy 
Rainbow's end: Standing in the Rainbow 
Collect the pinks:  My Kitchen Window
Square: Who Framed Roger Rabbit plus a bonus point 
CafeWij Doden Stella
Museums & Galleries: Behind the Scenes at the Museum plus a bonus point!
Collect the Yellows: A Cut Above
Statues and Monuments: Wouter Deprez ontdekt de wereld

Community bookshelf: Stiff (which got caught)
Power station: The Red Power Murders, which earned a bonus point!
Passing Go; Faith Without Doubt, The Cellist of Sarajevo
Free release: Shadows In The Grass this book got caught!
Nottingham:  Kruistocht

Point Stolen by Team Iron!

Current Score: 28

Team Wolf 2011

Team Wolf are:
- Wyando (Germany)
- Kiwiinengland (Ireland)
- rotewoelfin (Germany)

Team's Releases:
Market King of Shadows
Playground: Ich bin schwanger - caught, (presumably re-released, though no notes made... gamehost thinks inferred release is as good as any!) and re-caught with AF sign up, then re-released again! What a journey...
Cinemas and Theatres: Der Strum caught, plus AF sign up!
City Centre: Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses and another catch
Collect the Light Blues: In meinem Himmel: Roman 
Rainbow's End: Das Manuskript der Verführung
Tree: Der Verdacht caught and AF sign up... again!
RestaurantDer Apfelgarten which earned a Bonus Point
Historic Places: Killing Floor
museums and galleries: Life, the Universe and Everything
Castles and Palaces: The Virgin's lover
Park: Engleby book caught

Super Speed: Zeitmanagement - Bonus point!
Chance Card: Meteorological release - The Silver Linings Playbook
Planes & Trains: Don't Stop Me Now 
Passing Go: Das Regenbogenschwert book caught!  Fahrenheit 451
Nottingham: Don't You Know Who I Am? book caught, and bonus point 
Community Bookshelf:  Last Chance Saloon - book caught 

Current Score: 36

Team Moneybag 2011

Team Moneybag are:
- iiwi (Netherlands)
- Ghanescha (Austria)
- Diane-Fraser (UK)

Team's Releases:
Market: What Came Before he shot her
Church: Gone Baby Gone caught and re-released 
Collect the Browns: The Da Vinci Code 
Sports Ground: Perfect Match 
Tree: Oranges are Not the only fruit 
OBCZ: Sensationele voorstellingen en passend vermaak
Collect the oranges: The Amber Room
Historic Places: Ludwig II
Cafe; Lob des Kaffees
Square; The Quiet Little Women
Museums and galleries: Miffy The Artist - another bonus point
Park: Der Partner 
Hotel: De grote wereld caught, plus AF sign up ands a re-release
Collect the dark blues: Mr Blue
Powersattion: Body - plus a bonus point
Water: Wassermann
Collect the Utilities; Crimson & Steam - bonus point  
Just visiting; Tarmac

chance card: The King In Yellow Bonus Point!
Passing Go; Goal, Der dritte Mann.

Nottingham: Robin Hood

This team caught:
Radieschen von unten
The Killing Floor

Current Score: 33

Team Wheelbarrow 2011

Team Wheelbarrow are:
- katrinat (UK)
- davemurray101 (Australia)
- Haugtussa (Norway)
- nattabee (USA) (no longer playing)
- Frogglin (Australia) (no longer playing)

Team's Releases:
Market: The Best of Mrs Beeton's Easy Everyday Cooking
Collect the Browns Genesis Machines
Playground: The Awkward Age
City Centre; Brød
Cinemas and theatres: Catch Me If You Can
Collect the light blues:  
Shopping Centre: Little Comic Shop of Horrors 
Rainbow's End: Before Night Falls
Sports Ground: Den trettende fortellingen
OBCZ: Earth
Tree: The Hornbeam Tree
Collect the Oranges: Oranges are not the only fruit plus a bonus point
Planes and Trains:
Go: Go Tell It On The MountainStjernestøv - Hurrah, A Bonus Point!
Chance Card: High & Low double release - Vidunderbarn (bonus point)
Community bookshelf: Sepulchre

Current Score: 19

Team Battleship 2011

Team Battleship are:
- sailorarby (USA)
- Solittletime (USA)

Team's Releases:
Market: Sandstorm
Church About Grace
Collect the browns: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Dead Eagles 
Rainbow's End: All The Right Places 
Cinemas and Theatres; The Bridesmaid
City Centre: The Center This book got caught!  
Playground: The Monsters of Templeton
Collect the light blues: The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet
Sports Ground: Spalding's World Tour
OBCZ: A Week In The Zone
Tree: Howards End is on the Landing  
Collect the Oranges: I Feel Orange Today  plus a bonus point!
Historical Places: Fahrenheit 451
Statues and Monuments The Monster of Florence
Park: The Amusement park Mystery
Hotel: A Killer Plot
Collect the Dark Blues; Man in the Dark

Water: The Island
Super Speed:  Harlequin NASCAR: Speed Dating and a bonus point 
Nottingham: Castles
Passing Go: Go Huckle Go , Death At La Fenice 
Half a point stolen by Team Top Hat :(

Current Score: 24.5