What strategy do you use when playing Monopoly?
Do you always buy the railroads, or try to buy a whole side of the board? Does anybody ever win if they buy the utilities?
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Oh my, haven't played for years. Let's see, yes, I always tried to get the railroads. If possible, I'd try to get the yellow and green properties. If that failed, I'd try to get Mediterranean and Baltic Aves. and Boardwalk and Park Place. If not that, then the orange and red. If I got the utilities, I knew I was gonna lose. We played the way that required any payments from the cards or taxes went in the middle and you collected it if you landed on free parking. I always wanted to be the race car or shoe. Thanks for the walk down Boardwalk Lane!
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That is lovely. My kids were so competitive, it was torture. My line usually was, "How can you make me take my house off, do you know how long I was in labor with you?"
Thanks for putting it back into perspective.
I haven’t played for years either, but the one strategy I remember was making sure my son would put up the game whether he won or lost. I did try to get all the railroads and utilities!
Well, green and yellow will win more games than dark blue. Also, orange is a nice set against those coming out of jail.
I have to agree with the orange, fairly cheap to build and they always seem to get hits. I never did too well with the green. It sounds like you have a strategy.
If you can get the yellow-green corner- game over (usually). In fact, playing with my brothers, if one of us got that advantage, we would call the game at that point.
Truthfully I did whatever I could to go bankrupt quickly so I wouldn't have to waste hours playing the game. The short video versions are not quite as dragged out and a bit more fun for me.
I buy everything in sight. Even if it is a piece I don't want, it keeps the other player from getting a monopoly of certain properties.
As a child I played with the cute pieces while my brothers duked it out financially. The first time I played as an adult was against my ex-boyfriend who's a fan of the game. I won. He was so mad he got disrespectful and almost got clobbered by my brother.
Later, I asked my brother how it was possible for me to win effortlessly against a proven pro. His answer was simple, "you've played the game in real life."
So, the key to Monopoly, in my book, is to balance the relationships between the people you are playing with with what you need to accomplish in life; not to use people or beat out your opponent or hoard power for yourself. Because at the end you might have a lot of money and property, but never know what the sacrifice of giving truly represents.
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