1934. That’s the year that the popular game Monopoly was fully formed and presented by Charles Darrow to Parker Brothers. On February 6, 1935, the board game was released to the public. Since then, Monopoly has become one of the best selling board games for 80 years. Hobby Lark, a popular online site for hobbyists, ranks Monopoly as #3 in the Top Ten Board Games of All Time.
Over the decades, however, Monopoly players have come up with their own rules which aren’t part of the official game. Since it’s Christmas time, chances are that at one of your family get-togethers, somebody is going to dig out their Monopoly game. Honestly, who can say no to playing a 4 hour game of Monopoly? This time, play it properly. Here are 10 rules that aren’t actually rules!
1. Land directly on GO and collect $400
No you can’t! When a player rolls the dice and their game piece passes GO, they collect $200. The player is rewarded with the same amount if they happen to land on the GO space.
2. You don’t have to pick up the Chance card, if you don’t want to
Ugh, yeah you do. Page 4 of the official Monopoly rules says “When you land on either of these spaces, take the top card from the deck indicated…”
3. Free Parking
As the game progresses, players have to pay taxes and fines. The money collected should go to the bank yet most of us choose to pool it in the centre of the game board. Anyone lucky enough to land directly on Free Parking takes the pot. I think we all know that this isn’t actually in the official rules, but man, does it ever help in destroying your fellow players!!
4. When a player goes bankrupt, they are to sell their properties back to the bank
Actually, this isn’t the case. According to Monopoly’s official rules, whomever collects the last dollar forcing a player to go bankrupt also takes ALL of that players properties!
5. If a player decides not to buy the property they landed on, move onto the next player’s turn.
Nope. Turns out, if a player chooses not to by the property they landed on, likely because they don’t have enough money, the deed on that property is immediately put up for a live auction between the remaining players.
6. If you’re in jail, you can’t collect rent on your properties.
Most of the time, being in jail sucks, unless one of your competitors has built up hotels on St. Charles Place, States Avenue, Virginia Avenue, St. James Place, Tennessee Avenue and New York Avenue. Then you can save your money by simply staying put. Most players believe that if you’re in jail you can’t collect rent, not so, you can still collect everything that’s owed to you.
7. Get $500 for rolling snake eyes
It’s likely that it was your older brother who came up with this stupid rule.
8. If you can’t buy the property you land on, take a loan from the bank or another player.
As was mentioned in #5, if a player is unable to purchase the property which they just landed on, an auction begins and one of the other players at the table will purchase it.
9. Before players can purchase any properties, they have to make their way around the board entirely.
I’ve always hated the first round, especially if your luck is like mine and you hit that damn Luxury Tax space. Seems this is another made up rule. Go ahead and purchase Baltic Avenue on your first roll of 3.
10. You can start building on properties even if you don’t own the whole category.
This sounds more like a little brother rule. Of course you have to own all the properties in the same coloured category. Simpy put, if you don’t own all of the related properties, you don’t have a monopoly.
If you’re looking to purchase Monopoly this holiday season, Toys R Us sells them for about $25 and up, depending on whether you want the Classic version (which has new game pieces) or a themed version like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Nintendo or Pixar’s Cars 3.