Hasbro, owner of the Monopoly brand, has lined up quite the promotional stunt for the festive season -- employing actual people to man a helpline and explain the rules to anyone who's getting a bit stressed about the state of their in-house banking and property market while playing the game over Christmas.
There's a real phone number and everything, and it's free to call, with 0800 689 4903 getting you through to a board games expert. The helpline will open from the 24th until the 26th of December, with Hasbro's UK boss Craig Wilkins saying: "We'll have experts on hand with the official rulebooks to instantly settle any disputes, and advice on how to resolve common complaints, with each person also having the opportunity to make a donation to Childline when they call."
They also did a survey to validate this stunt as a write-off for tax purposes, which found that 51 per cent of all Monopoly games end in arguments, as people can't be bothered reading the rules properly, cheat with abandon seeing as no one ever really pays attention while slogging through a game, or deliberately sabotage the game in an attempt to get it over quicker. [ITV]