Advantages Great game, fun to play, enjoyable for all the family
Disadvantages I'm no good at it
Monopoly or monotonyMonopoly must be one of the world’s best known board games. Based on buying property and letting it out for profit, the idea is to make the other players in the game bankrupt, thus ensuring you get the monopoly.
* - HistoryBack in 1934, at a time when the Great Depression was in full swing and many Americans were unemployed, Charles B. Darrow from Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA, showed executives at Parker Brothers a game that he had produced the previous year called Monopoly. The Parker Brothers Company wasn’t impressed and initially rejected the game due to over fifty design errors. Undaunted, and no doubt driven by unemployment and his own game’s promise of riches, Darrow produced the game on his own, gaining help from a friend who was a printer, and sold 5,000 handmade Monopoly sets to a Philadelphia department store. The game went down a storm as soon demand outstripped supply. Unable to keep up with the growing requests for his new game, Darrow went back to Parker Brothers who took up his idea, and the world’s greatest board game was properly launched.
As a kid, my mum had an obsession with property, which has been passed down to me today. My mum’s view was that if you could invest in property, you were doing the right thing. Although circumstances prevented us from achieving anything like a portfolio of property, Monopoly was introduced into our house from when I was just a small kid, and the dreams that I have today of being a property tycoon are due to the seeds sown from playing this game.* - Playing
Each player (from 2 to 8 players can play at once) starts with the same amount of money, a different character token to go around the board with, and one common aim – To make every other player bankrupt and be declared the winner.Money is made and lost by the buying, selling and renting of properties. Starting with £1,500, each player starts from the “Go” square, throwing two dice and then moving the appropriate number of squares, the idea at the start of the game is to buy properties. Once you’ve bought a property, the people who land on that property afterwards have to pay you a set rent. Buying all properties in a colour group immediately doubles the rent for those properties and allows you to start building, for a price, houses and hotels on the properties, which in turn raise the rent that you can charge.
The game continues with each player trying to amass as many properties as they can, whilst avoiding landing on opponents properties and paying out rent, avoiding being sent to jail, and other catastrophes along the way.As you get into the game, you can diversify by trading with other players, mortgaging properties to raise cash or selling your existing houses and hotels for half the price that you paid for them.
The players that own the more salubrious properties, which are the properties at the far end of the clockwise playing rotation, are not always those who win, for despite the opportunity to make a lot of money from these properties, there is also a high cost of buying and building on them.
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