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Alternative Board Game Rules: Monopoly (New Ways To Play)

Updated on August 1, 2012
Alternative rules for monopoly
Alternative rules for monopoly

With the exception of Chess, Monopoly is the most popular board game... in the world.

It's no wonder then that practically everybody in the world knows how to play monopoly. That is, the traditional way...

Here are a few unique and interesting alternative rules to add to your game of monopoly to make it more interesting.

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Monopoly: Alternative board game rules

  1. You're going the wrong way! This simple change in rules seems small, but can have huge consequences. Simply move your counters the wrong way around the board.
  2. Pay to pass go. This version of the game will probably bankrupt everybody far more quickly than usual - so if you're not a fan of monopoly, suggest this rule to make the game go faster.
  3. Alice in money-land. This fun rule was inspired by the Mad Hatter at Alice in wonderland's tea party in the famous book-turned-film, in which during his tea-parties he would at random shriek 'Change places!'. For this version of the game, the 'place-change' token passes around each person in turn. Upon a player holding the 'place-change' token, they may shout 'Change places!' upon their turn before they roll the dice. It is up to them when they choose to issue the command, but once they have used it the 'place-change' token is then transferred to the next person. A good idea to decide how players change their places is to put names into a hat and each person takes one at random. Their counter is then moved to the current location of the name they've drawn.
  4. Jailbreak. This is a simple addition to the game, in which each player starts off in jail.
  5. Property Lottery. This adds a further element of crazy to your standard version of monopoly. Upon landing on a property, if that property is not owned, a player may purchase it for the price given (which is the same as the normal rule). However, instead of receiving the property purchased, the player is assigned any one of the remaining properties at random. This means that an expensive property can be acquired for next to nothing... but on the flip side, a really cheap property could cost you the earth.

Of course, monopoly is fun however you play it - and the good thing about these rules is that you can use as many or as few as you like.

All these extra rules when played at once can be confusing. You might need a referee. Or two.

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      Nice-Nate 3 years ago

      Thanks for the new rules! Game night just got a whole lot crazier!!!

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      John Crowley 5 years ago from Sheffield

      hehe :)

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      oufcrock 5 years ago

      I wish I'd seen this before I published an article on exactly the same thing...........................

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      John Crowley 5 years ago from Sheffield

      Thanks for the insightful comment nakmeister!

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      nakmeister 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Great ideas, I particularly like the 'pay as you pass go' rule - monopoly games do indeed take too long, and this could really bring the game down to a decent length and make people think carefully about how they spend their money.