Crab Island, McGuire’s Pub, Fudpuckers, Destin History & Fishing Museum—these are all landmarks that are near and dear to the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, but be careful; no one wants to end up in a traffic jam.
Cincinnati-based board game company Late for the Sky designs and manufactures specialty board games based on colleges, cities, small towns, and countries.
The company recently launched a brand new custom board game called Destinopoly.
"We talked about creating a game for Destin in February and made it happen in about two weeks," said Late for the Sky’s Vice President Bill Schulte. "So many people from here in Cincinnati vacation in Destin, so it just made sense to make a game."
The Monopoly-inspired board game landed on Walmart shelves in Destin and South Walton this past month, retailing for $19.98.
"It started out with colleges," Schulte said. "Our very first game was Miamiopoly, based off Miami University in Oxford, Ohio."
Now, Late for the Sky, whose unique name is a nod to American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne’s 1974 album of the same name, has created dozens of collegiate board games to include Gatoropoly for the University of Florida, Auburnopoly, Bamaopoly and more.
The game works like regular Monopoly, except instead of buying the Boardwalk or Baltic Avenue, players can choose to "rent" or "buy" beloved Destin restaurants, landmarks, activity hubs, and beaches; all for fairly reasonable prices.
McGuire’s is on the market for a mere $150.
All players have to do is try to avoid getting stuck on the dreaded traffic jam corner spot, which is the equivalent to Monopoly’s Jail, and steer clear of the sneaky $75 Parking Ticket landing spot — both very accurate representations of what it’s like to be in Destin during spring break.
According to Schulte, the board game designers try to talk to as many people as possible who live and vacation Destin.
"We also do a lot of research on the internet. None of the businesses featured on the board pay to be a part of Destinopoly. We just try and find the most popular places through research," Schulte said.
Destinopoly is also available for purchase online at www.lateforthesky.com.