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Parker Brothers first edition 1936
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This is Parker Brothers' first edition of Finance after purchasing the rights to the game from Knapp Electric. It has significant differences from the original Knapp version. The rules were simplified, and also changed to make the game less like Monopoly.
The board design was heavily modified as well.
Property title cards were removed from the game, and the rents printed on the board, as well as on a separate reference card. Other significant changes included removing the jail square from the board, and also limiting each player to ownership of a maximum of 8 properties on the board, with houses in each player's color. Also removed from the game were the hotels first seen in the Knapp game.
Ownership of railroads was removed as well, changing them instead to charging a small fee for another roll of the dice.
Later in 1936, the game title was changed to Finance and Fortune, so that Parker Brothers could retain trademark rights to
the name Fortune which they had used for a backup game, in case their deal with Charles Darrow for Monopoly had fallen through.
There were no other changes to the game except for the title.
In 1958, Parker Brothers changed the name back to Finance, so that they could use "Fortune" in a new game they were developing at the time. In 1962 came the final edition of Finance, thus bringing to a close the 30 year history of this interesting game..

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