Temple: Do not pass go, do not collect $200

A new Central Texas takeoff on the Monopoly board game was released this week in Temple, called Temple-opoly. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A new Central Texas takeoff on the Monopoly board game was released this week in Temple, called Temple-opoly.

The game is sold at the Walmart at 3401 South 31st St.

The city says it did not play a part in the design, and in fact some local businesses featured in the game were surprised to see themselves on the board.

Megg's Cafe's owners say they have already purchased four copies of the game, leaving some in their restaurant for customers to play.

"After being open for nine and a half years and having really close relationships with a lot of the farmers, now being on a board game that showcases the community it feels like, in a silly way, that it makes it official," owner and general manager, Holly Scott said.

Megg’s tries to create an environment without interference from ubiquitous technology in the cafe.

"We tried to encourage people to kind of turn off the TV that's why we don't have TVs in the cafe it's to kind of connect with each other." Scott said

The owners challenge customers to enjoy each other’s company in other ways.

"We are huge board game players. We've always had trivia cards in our sugar containers." Scott said.

Italiano's Pizza's general manager was also surprised to learn the restaurant was on the board.

"We are honored with the fact that we have been included on the board game and we are one of three restaurants it's pretty sweet," Jose Sanchez said.

He says he hopes the local board game will inspire families to unplug.

"I think you develop a bond with the kids when you as parents spend time with them on the boards playing and interacting," Sanchez said.