How to gain early control and a lasting edge in Monopoly (part 8)

Monopoly Cards

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.

Community Chest

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. …


How to gain early control and a lasting edge in Monopoly (part 7)

1. Don’t roll again when you land on a Utility

This mistake stems from the wording on the original Chance card. The “Advance token to nearest utility” card contains this line:


How to gain early control and a lasting edge in Monopoly (part 6)

House rules

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.


How to gain early control and a lasting edge in Monopoly (part 5)

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How to gain early control and a lasting edge in Monopoly (part 4)

  • You earn $200 for passing GO.
  • You pay $200 for landing on Income Tax.
  • Railroads cost $200. Four railroads earn $200 rent.
  • Houses on green and dark blue properties cost $200.
  • Boardwalk with one house rents for $200.

$200 Income

How many turns…


How to gain early control and a lasting edge in Monopoly (part 3)

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Landing on GO

Players who pass or land on GO collect $200 cash.


How to gain early control and a lasting edge in Monopoly (part 2)

Computer opponents

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.


Gain a lasting edge in Monopoly versus your friends and your smartphone (part 1)

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  1. Probability
  2. Making good trades
  3. Developing your property

Probability

Monopoly champions leverage probability. Understand the odds in Monopoly, and you will win more games.

Making good trades

To win…


How to harness your Muse with habit and hard work

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The Muse

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.


A string of stories to help you overcome creative blocks

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Fair warning, some of this advice will be…

Ken Palmer

Creative storyteller, engineer, and Dad.

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