Totopoly (UK)

The idea of the game is that racehorses are leased by players, and trained by them for the race. Players have the opportunity of leasing horses at first option, that is through the deal, and later the chance arises to lease additional ones in the auction sale.

In the same way players will acquire temporary ownership of a racing stable, veterinary surgeon's practice or forage merchant, etc. When all the horses and businesses have been sold, the training of the horses then commences. Players may have to get trainers'and vet.'s reports on the progress of their horses, and it will be found when training has finished that some horses have made more progress than others by acquiring advantage cards, and have therefore more chance of winning the race.

Whilst it is possible by careful play in the race for any of the horses to win, the black (Dark Warrior - Flamenco - Dorigen) ones have more change than the red (Marmaduke Jinks - Leonidas II - Overcoat) ones, the reds more chance than the yellow (Play On - Priory Park - Knight Error) ones, and the blues (King of Clubs - Jerome Fandor - Elton) least chance of all, but it may be found that during training a blue or yellow horse has improved so much that it has an equal chance with the blacks and reds.

Naturally, the horses with the most chance in the first place and those that improve well in training, will be "backed" the most on the Tote, but, as in real racing, an outsider can always give players a big surprise.

The winner can either be the one with the most money at the end of the race, or the one with the winning horse. This should be decided at the beginning of the race!


    For all editions applies there are:
  • A Sale and Training ring on one side of the game board and a Racecourse on the other. The training have to be played with 2 dice, the racing with but 1.
  • 2 stables:Stevedon, where the light weights - yellow and blue horses - are trained and Walroy for the heavy weights, the black and red horses.
  • 3 officials in the game: a Banker, an Auctioneer, a Steward and a Tote clerk (and if desired even a Bookmaker).
  • 3 horses per colour, each well stored in an own place.
  • 36 trainer's report cards (18 per stable).
  • 80 coloured advantage cards (20 per group of horses).
  • 20 white disadvantage cards.
  • Banknotes in 4 denominations: 1 - 5 - 25 and 50.
  • A totepad.
  • 2 dice.

1938

The New Game Totopoly


Edition: Small green box with separate game board


Publisher: John Waddington Ltd.


Dimensions of the box: 37.5 x 17.5 x 4 cm


The inventors were a Walter Lee and Roy Palmer from Leeds. The game was registered under the UK patent number 505365. So there is no relation with the American games inventor and manufacturer Parker Brothers. However, in the same era Parker Brothers introduced Monopoly to their recently acquired European business contact John Waddinton (see: "The Game Makers, the story of Parker Brothers", by Philip E. Orbanes, page 99). It is obvious that Mr. Waddington did the same as the Parker Brothers, viz. lifting along with the tremendous succes of Monopoly to get a better turnover!

    Features of this edition are:
  • The horses shown on the lid trot rightwards.
  • The band on the lid and board is red - white - black - white - red.
  • The game board is too long to be stored inside the box.
  • The tokens consist of lead horses.
  • The banknotes are printed in black on coloured paper.resp. 1, 5, 25 and 50 (white).

The New Game Totopoly


Edition: Oversized black box


Publisher: John Waddington Ltd


Dimensions of the box: 53 x 37.5 x 6 cm


The box of this Deluxe edition is importantly larger, in such a way that it can contain the game board.

    Features of this edition are:
  • The horses shown on the lid trot rightwards.
  • The band on the lid and board is green - white - black- white - green
  • The game board fits inside the box.
  • The tokens consist of lead horses.
  • The banknotes are printed in black on coloured paper.resp. 1 - 5 - 25 and 50 (white).

1949

The New Game Totopoly


Edition: Small box with with separate game board


Publisher: John Waddington Ltd


Dimensions of the box:: abt. 25 x 28 cm


This post-war edition is like the Monopoly issues, subject to the restrictions of the use of material. Therefore, like in the Monopoly editions of this era, the tokens are not of metal but consist of a wooden base and a cardboard figure.

    Features of this edition are:
  • The horses shown on the lid trot rightwards.
  • The tokens consist of cardboard figures on a coloured wood base.
  • Too small a box to contain the game board.
  • The banknotes are printed in black on coloured paper. resp. 1, 5, 25 and 50 (white).

±1960

The Great Race Game Totopoly


Publisher: John Waddington Ltd


Dimensions of the box: abt. 53 x 37.5 x 6 cm


    Features of this edition are:
  • The horses shown on the lid trot leftwards.
  • The tokens consist again on metal horses.
  • The box is that large again that it can hold the game board.
  • The banknotes are printed in black on coloured paper.resp. 1, 5, 25 and 50 (white).