By ignoring these rules, the game becomes much more painful and drawn-out than it was designed to be
Everybody reacts to pandemics differently, but one of the stranger side-effects of COVID-19 is that it’s yielded more people playing Monopoly than ever before. Hasbro has reported that 2020, the first year of the pandemic, saw Monopoly reach its “best year ever” in terms of sales. If you’re like the typical Monopoly enthusiast, however, you’ll probably play once or twice before forsaking the game as a hellish hours-long ordeal. But it need not be that way; watch the video or read the transcript below to learn how a handful of ignored rules have ruined Monopoly.
If you have a difficult relationship with your adult siblings, there’s a good chance that this game is to blame. For every player except the winner, Monopoly is notorious for being a cruel and never-ending grind towards bankruptcy and ruin.
But that’s not the game’s fault, it’s your fault. By ignoring these following rules, you’re making the game far more painful than it was designed to be:
- When you land on a space, you either have to buy it or put it up for auction. You can’t just pass it by.
- Don’t put fines in the centre of the board to be collected by someone landing on Free Parking: Those fines go to the bank.
- The game is designed to have housing and hotel shortages. If someone uses all the houses, nobody can build anymore.
Just follow these rules and the game will be much faster, much more fun, and much less likely to land you and your loved ones in therapy.