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WAKE FOREST — From the farmer’s market to town hall, popular local buildings and attractions are for sale.

At least, they are in Wake Forest-opoly, a newly released board game that takes the rules of Hasbro’s Monopoly and dresses it up in scenes familiar to any town resident.

Other properties listed on the board are The Factory, the Renaissance Center, Lumpy’s Ice Cream and Wake Forest High School.

There’s no jail, but players may get stuck in a traffic jam. Instead of utilities, you could be in charge of the Wake Forest Dance Festival or the Charity Car Show. Railroads are replaced by major roads like Capital Boulevard.

The game is produced by Late for the Sky, based in Ohio. Wake Forest-opoly is among other -opoly games the company produces.

Also available are games based on Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, the Outer Banks and other North Carolina locations, as well as major cities from across the states. The company has also released Monopoly-style games based on universities (including UNC, N.C. State and Duke), various dog breeds, beer, bacon, sharks, zombies and dozens other topics.

Wake Forest-opoly was released at the end of March.

“We try to talk to local people, figure out what is important to them, the places everyone would know of,” said Bill Schulte, the company’s vice president. “We talked to people who live in Wake Forest or who work in the stores.”

These consultants help select the locations that appear on the board. It’s a formula that has worked for the company for 35 years, he said, when it first began to release college-themed games.

The company works with Walmart to market and sell the games. Store managers often request versions of the game based on new locations, Schulte said.

The Walmart on South Main Street in Wake Forest is selling copies of Wake Forest-opoly. The store said this week it has several copies still for sale, and Schulte said more copies will be sent if the game proves popular here.

“People, they like it,” Schulte said. “It’s always fun. Board games are not going away. People want to play them, even though we think it’s all going electronic.”

The game is priced at $19.98.