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Family Board Games Monopoly

Updated on June 14, 2015
Monopoly Classic Board
Monopoly Classic Board

Monopoly a History

Monopoly goes all the way back to 1903. It was called The Landlords Game and it was created to show all the negative aspects of the single tax theory of Henry George. Apparently it was a hit and American Elizabeth (Lizzie) J. Magie Phillips would create a game played by millions of people each and every day. In 1936 Parker Brothers began producing the version of monopoly we all know. In 1994 Hasbro, which owns Parker Brothers began granting a license to make a Monopoly San Diego edition and ended up being followed by a hundred more. You can nowadays find a Monopoly edition of your favorite tv show. Who knows where else this craze will take us.

Monopoly Doctor Who edition
Monopoly Doctor Who edition

An interesting fact about Monopoly

Did you know that in 1936 the British Secret Service had Parker Brothers create a special edition monopoly to be sent to the concentration camps controlled by the Nazis during WWII? They contained a compass, maps, and even real money in hopes the prisoners could use the supplies to escape.

Mr. Monopoly
Mr. Monopoly

What's the point of Monopoly

To win of course. Collect property, collect cash, build monopolies, and force the other person to go bankrupt by them landing on your properties. You may play nice and trade fairly or be the one at the table everyone sneers at.

This is your typical no trade or trade unfairly Monopoly player.
This is your typical no trade or trade unfairly Monopoly player.


Who am I kidding? There are many different versions and far to much for me to include on this page. Refer to the rules that came in the box or go to Hasbro and see an online copy. I myself always play where free parking gets 500 and all the money the bank collects and when someone lands on free parking they keep the loot and another 500 from the bank is put back in free parking. I also play where no one can build houses on there monopolies until all the property has been bought. You decide what rules you like best and go over them with your victims, I mean opponents before the game has started.

How to win at Monopoly

There are a lot of strategic ways to play. I myself always buy everything I land on and never auction anything. I also never stay in jail when there's property to be bought. I always stay in jail when dodging other people's monopolies. I also try to buy houses the turn before they approach my monopolies to get that extra bang for my buck. I will include some videos to help you find your monopoly black belt.

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