Not sure if anyone else caught the news last week: Hasbro is calling for submission of house rules that people typically institute when they play. In their press release they list a number of pretty common house rules that people play by – though I have to admit I’ve never played with most of those rules.
My family used to play board games during the summer months when we had a rainy day. I always loved Monopoly the most. I’m not really sure why, but I did tend to win it the most. (OK, I admit it – that’s exactly why I liked it the most). Who knows, maybe it was a good predictor of my turning into a landlord later in life?
When we learned to play we never read the instructions. We played on a set that had the remains of at least three old sets: plenty of cash with the same denomination having multiple shades (they tweaked the colors over time), duplicates of pieces and a handful of them missing, and a ton of houses and hotels. So it’s safe to say, we pretty much never played by the real rules. With our amped up bank holdings and property supply we tended to get into some long epic battles. We also never played by the rule to auction off properties not bought when landed upon. We could play Monopoly over the course of an entire rainy weekend and still not be done. For the record, I typically chose the cannon or shoe. We lost the top hat and race car, and sadly the cannon is no longer a standard piece.
Out of that list, we tried out the “See the Sights” rule where players must do a lap of the board once before buying – but that rules never stuck. But our house rules tended to consist of Free Parking, Fast Cash and the Frozen Assets Rule. That taxes and fees collect int he middle of the board and get redeemed when landing on free parking; and that jailed players couldn’t collect rent, respectively.
Slate has an interesting take on the plans to move some house rules to become actual rules for Monopoly. They cite an economist who argues the freer money supply encouraged by many rules better mimics the real world economy and leads to a less conservative playing approach. If that’s the case, he would have loved our cash-a-palooza version cobbled together from multiple sets worth of money.
Any of you guys have your own odd take on the Monopoly rules?