Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club meets Thursday
The recently organized Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club will meet for gamesmanship and fellowship at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23 on the fifth floor of the Odd Fellows Building, 717 Lee St. in Charleston.
A mastermind of the new group is Ed Miller, a former South Charleston Fire Department employee, current contractor and avid Monopoly player.
“I love Monopoly. I’ve always been a fan of Monopoly. I’ve played for the last 10 or 12 years at the Charleston Parks and Recreation Monopoly Tournament at the Charleston Town Center,” said Miller, who said he has won five of those annual board-game competitions.
“I’ve been talking about getting a club together for several years,” he said, “and I finally just got around to doing it. I started putting out some fliers at the tournament.”
After an orientation meeting in January, the Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club convened for its first game night last month. Meetings are scheduled for the fourth Thursday of every month.
“It’s four or five or us getting togegther now. I’d like to get that number up to 20 or 25. I’ve been renovating the Odd Fellows Building, and they agreed to let us use one of their rooms, so everything kind of fell into place from there.”
Miller said the KVMC is open to ages 12 and older, from Kanawha, Putnam and surrounding counties.
“That’s the reason we chose the name ‘Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club,’ not the ‘Charleston Monopoly Club.’ We want to include anyone from the valley,” he explained.
Miller said the club provides all of the boards and pieces, so players -- of any and all skill levels -- need only show up ready to play, for free.
“Basically, you just come and play. As as the club goes on, we probably will have some sort of dues. Once we get several members, we’ll discuss how we want to handle that. We want to be able to give quarterly prizes to everyone who wins the most over that time period. There may be dues in the future, but not at this time.
“Kids who are willing to learn it are welcome to come and learn how to play.”
Miller said the club’s games are played according to official Monopoly rules. “We play the same as they do at the Town Center tournament,” he said. “We play for 90 minutes, and then add up what everybody got. At the end of 90 minutes, the winner is the person who has the most properties and cash.
“Once we get going and everything and get several people playing, tables will be set up with a lottery, so the same players won’t play each other every week. Say we’ve got three different games going -- we don’t want all of the players just playing each other every week; I want them to play everybody,” Miller said.
He also said he believes Monopoly, which was introduced in 1903 and became commercially available in the 1930s, is having a resurgence more than a century later.
“I believe it’s going to come back. Board games are becoming more popular again. Monopoly is an old game that has just lived forever. At the tournament in Charleston every year, there are usually 20 to 30 people playing. A lot of that is kids who stop by and play when they’re going through the mall, but there are probably 10 or 15 others who are there every year,” Miller said.
For more information regarding the Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club, come to Thursday’s meeting, visit its fan page on Facebook or contact Ed Miller at 304-610-6351.