This may have passed you by, but Monopoly have launched a new free online game called Monopoly City Streets. This game uses Google Maps and Open Street Map to allow you to buy “real” life streets and build properties on them (all be it virtually).
You start off with 3 million monopoly dollars, buy up streets then can build a variety of properties on those streets. The bigger the property, the more expensive it is to build, but the more rent you get back from it. Additionally, you get random chance cards, some good (such as allowing you to to build protective ‘stadiums’ or ‘parks’) and bad (such as getting fined for not getting planning permission). You can also interfere with other peoples games, such as building a hazard (which cancels any rent on that road) or demolishing one of their buildings. If you fancy it, you can make offers on other peoples streets and properties.
Its a great game which suffered from oversubscription to start with causing the servers to overload, but this has now been sorted after a reset and is ticking along nicely. Its great fun playing an MMORPG based around Monopoly and Id recommend anyone to try it.
Its accessible at www.monopolycitystreets.com but it may not be accessible from your work computer – try it at home!