has been around since 1935.
Now a family
classic, there is also something to be said for a game that can
coin catch phrases.
Have you ever
heard people say they got a get out of jail free card? What about,
"Do not pass go! Do not collect 200 dollars" Or, "I
might as well get paid in Monopoly money." These are monoply
phrases that have become part of our everyday vernacular.
by the rules, this game is not for small children. There is reading,
critical thinking, math, banking, and keeping track of properties
involved that can make this game difficult to understand. Little
ones, around 8 and up, can still play just modify the game. I
remember when my sister and I were little, playing our own version
of Monopoly. We left out the houses and just collected money from
each other when we landed on the other's propery spaces.
a very serious game for some players. Parents be prepared to be
evicted by children landlords, children be prepared to be sent
to jail. Softees need not participate. There are even Monopoly tournaments and
available in many different editions, in 26 different languages.
You can even get the DVD version.
of the game : To bankrupt all of your opponents as quickly
as possible. (This is where the softees have trouble.)
play the game : One person is selected to be the banker and
this person is in charge of distributing and collecting money
throughout the game, except when it is being exchanged from renter
to landlord. Each player starts with $1,500.00 in monopoly money.
will be used to purchase properties and later pay income tax,
rent to other property owners, the fee to get out of jail. Work
your way around the board according to the roll of the die. If
you land on a Community Chest or a Chance card space, draw the
appropriate card and follow the instructions.
lands on a property you own, they pay you rent. If you land on
a property someone else owns, you owe them rent. If the landlord
doesn't see the person on their property and next person has already
rolled - the landlord lost the opportunity to collect. So pay
are color coded and in order to build up your property value you
want to build houses on the properties. First, buy all of the
properities in one color. Then, as you can afford to, put houses
on them. Houses will be liquidated in order to pay someone rent
if you don't have the cash.
have a property you want? Maybe you can trade it for something
you have. Keep the rapport reasonable with the other players.
Remember, you catch more flies with honey. No one will trade with
a mean, nasty player!
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