Properties are Monopoly’s natural focal points. But it’s a mistake to ignore the influence of Monopoly’s cards, tax spaces, and corners.
Knowing how they impact the game will make you a stronger player.
A standard Monopoly set has 16 Community Chest cards and 16 Chance cards. Some cards have changed over time. In March 2021, Hasbro decided to change Community Chest cards.
The impact cards have on Monopoly hasn’t changed.
Community Chest cards focus on money. Nine Community Chest cards award money. Four make you pay — typically larger sums than Chance. Two move your token. …
When playing with friends and family, I prefer to avoid house rules. It just makes for a better experience.
Now, I’m not here to bash house rules. I want you to understand how a house rule will change the game. How you can adapt to win.
Let’s look at the most common Monopoly mistakes and house rules.
This mistake stems from the wording on the original Chance card. The “Advance token to nearest utility” card contains this line:
IF OWNED, throw dice and pay owner a total ten times the amount thrown.
When you land on a utility, the multiplier…
Who taught you how to play Monopoly?
For me, it was a combination of family and friends. In middle school, my brother and I played many games with my best friend and his sister.
We didn’t actually read the rules. Our understanding was gleaned from what you might call “oral tradition.”
At my house, we had two Monopoly sets — mine and my Dad’s old set. We put all the houses and hotels into one box. If you had lots of money, you could build extra houses and hotels beyond the first hotel.
Imagine earning $4,000 for having two hotels…
The most common Monopoly house rule is to award players with free cash when they land on Free Parking.
I’ve played with groups that put Luxury Tax, Income Tax, and fees from Chance and Community Chest cards into a pile on the board. When a person landed on Free Parking, that lucky player collected all that cash. Sometimes we’d even start that kitty with an extra $100 or $200.
This house rule turns Free Parking into a lottery ticket.
The Free Parking payoff house rule is so common that Parker Brothers addressed it in text from this game component.
Wait, Monopoly has a magic number?
$200 is the magic number that appears all over Monopoly.
See what I mean? $200 is everywhere. Since $200 is the standard Monopoly income, meet The $200 Rule.
The $200 Rule: Payments of $200 are significant.
Pretty simple, huh? Don’t underestimate this insight. You can use it to guide your decisions.
How many turns…
Who doesn’t like free cash? Everyone loves Monopoly’s GO square.
The GO square (yes, the “O” is capitalized) is a crucial engine for the game of Monopoly. GO enables players to build houses and hotels.
Each player starts with $1,500 cash. That’s enough to buy a few properties. But without GO income, players would lack funds to do much else.
Players who pass or land on GO collect $200 cash.
As a kid, we had house rules about GO. A player who landed directly on GO earned $300. …
This is my number one strategy to winning Monopoly against my iPhone.
While it’s easy to understand, it can be difficult to execute. Keep reading, and I’ll show you trading tricks that make this possible.
Before we go there, let’s talk about the iPhone interface.
Hasbro engineers did an excellent job of programming Monopoly. I’ve owned the Sega Genesis version of Monopoly, a PC version, and more recently a version for the iPhone.
The interface is slick. Game-play is fast. And the computer removes the tedium of counting squares and money.
It’s also portable. You can play at your convenience…
Did you learn Monopoly as a kid? I did. Stacked near Clue, Risk, and Ker-Plunk, I thought Monopoly was about luck. A property game with cards, dice, and all the skill of Chutes and Ladders.
I was wrong.
Yes, luck plays a role in Monopoly. But the game is really about three things:
Monopoly champions leverage probability. Understand the odds in Monopoly, and you will win more games.
Read on, and I’ll make this easy for you. No, you won’t need to learn statistics, memorize tables, or do lots of math.
Where do writing ideas come from? To describe the writing process, writers use ideas rooted in myth.
Writers and artists speak of “The Muse” or of a personal muse. A mystical force who inspires their work. The Muse originated from Greek mythology.
Welcome to a new collection of stories on how to get your writing unstuck.
My goal is to make a place where you can collect sparks to push your work forward.
Each post will begin with the phrase “How to Hack Writer’s Block,” followed by advice you can act on right away. Many of these stories will be quick actions or ideas that shift your perspective. Others will take more effort.
I’ve collected more than 100 tips from respected writers, playwrights, and screenwriters. And I intend to share them all with you.
Fair warning, some of this advice will be…