The city is the star of the newest board game on the block -- Baltimoreopoly.
The business-and-trading game is being unveiled tomorrow at the Inner Harbor with a party aboard the Bay Lady, which will benefit Baltimore Reads Inc., the public-private group coordinating the city's literacy efforts.
Unlike that other board game with a similar name, Baltimoreopoly focuses on business, rather than real estate. Players are entrepreneurs, erecting kiosks and emporiums instead of houses and hotels. Groups of three properties are shopping centers.
The 30 or so properties on the board have a distinctly local flavor. Among the businesses that paid the game's developer to appear are Harborplace, McCormick & Co., Stouffer Hotel, Lee Oldsmobile, Coppin State College, WJZ-TV, Harbor Cruises and Merry-Go-Round Enterprises.
Tomorrow's partygoers will be able to wheel and deal Baltimoreopoly cards during the cruise, with the winners taking a number of prizes, including a getaway for two in the Poconos, gift certificates and music packages from V-103 (WXYV-FM).
The game was conceived by Shawn Chapin, of San Diego, as "Cityopoly," with editions tailored to particular towns. San Diego, Birmingham (Mich.), San Francisco and Boston already have versions of the game, while others are being developed for New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Denver. Baltimoreopoly is retailing for $25 at many area department stores and gift shops.
Tomorrow's party will begin with dockside festivities at 7 p.m. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and other community leaders will join radio personalities from WCAO-WXYV radio for the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. cruise around the Baltimore harbor.
Net proceeds from the party, as well as 50 cents from the sale of each game, will go to Baltimore Reads, says Deborah Kessler, of WCAO-WXYV radio.
Tickets for the party are available dockside and cost $35, part of which is tax deductible. Included are hors d'oeuvres, open bar, souvenirs, prizes and a copy of the game. For more information, call 752-3595.