Hello!

Quick correction to #1. The precursor of the game Monopoly actually predates (~1902/1903) the Soviet Union. It was named “The Landlord Game” and was designed by Elizabeth Magie, apparently to demonstrate the negative effects of land monopolies. It’s neat to compare her original patent board to the modern version of Monopoly we are familiar with.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Landlord%27s_Game
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Magie
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_board_game_Monopoly

Take care, thanks for the list!