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LoLo
My mom purchased this Monopoly game that is supposed to only take 20 minutes to play and it got me to thinking....I don't think I've ever actually finished a game of monopoly, which of course got me wondering if anyone on here had actually finished a game of monopoly.

So have you?
voices_in_my_head
I did, once. But It took the course of three days, and my father refused to let us stop until someone had won.
Pikasyuu
yes. and i usually win.
i like monopoly. >_>
Moosh
Yes, I can generally win within an hour or two. Though we were up 'til 3am once when we allowed bank loans to people who ran out of cash. I still won though. Monopoly rocks.
Smiler
Only meant to take 20 minutes to play my @ss wink.gif It takes twice that to sort out all the money that's gone floating about the box since you last played and oranise the cards into nice groups ... and that's just the banker biggrin.gif... I like being the banker, actually ran out of money once... good thing I'm not in charge of a financial institution who knows what might happen, I could loose a shed load... erm...
Anyway, I have finished many a game for better or worse, it's just bloody hard to do!

BTW: What is Whitney? Is it something from one of these fake Monopoly boards?
Phyllis
QUOTE (Smiler @ Dec 15 2008, 08:39 AM) *
BTW: What is Whitney? Is it something from one of these fake Monopoly boards?

Whitney Houston. She IS cheap like crack. And what fake Monopoly boards? You mean things like "Monopoly: Derbyshire edition" or "Monopoly: Elvis edition"? (Yes, both of those exist!)

Did you know they have Monopoly games with freaking credit cards instead of cash, now? Ridiculous! Why, in my day...*gets cane*

Anyway, yes I have finished many games of Monopoly. Only upon reaching adulthood, though. I don't think my sisters and I ever finished a game as kids. We always got bored before anyone went bankrupt.
Industrial Kybosh
QUOTE (syuu @ Dec 15 2008, 04:36 AM) *
yes. and i usually win.
i like monopoly. >_>


Beating your opponents to a pulp and stealing their deeds doesn't count as a legitimate win, you know... wink.gif

I love the game, but every one I've played has turned into a cyclical grudge match with no clear winner. Part of why I like it.
leopold
I remember, many years ago, thinking how it'd be good to have a Manchester version of Monopoly. I had pretty much all the squares covered with Mancunian equivalents. I wish I'd licenced it now, cos I'd have made a mint. Plus "Monopoly: Manchester Edition" doesn't have all the stations, which is criminal.

I think we should do a "Monopoly: Musicians Edition" and we could have Whitney Houston on there as the cheapest brown square (with her husband Bobby as the other Brown wink.gif). You know the one - Old Kent Road, you only buy it because it's there and it gets you a couple of quid now and again. Although how we build a house on her is anyone's guess. Maybe you produce singles and people buy them as they land on them. And instead of hotels you have the multidisc greatest hits compilation. Your rail stations would be record companies. And the Chance cards could include "You come second in a talent competition. Bag yourself a recording contract and be more successful than the winner. Collect 10 million."

I always finish Monopoly. I hate quitting halfway through.
Phyllis
QUOTE (leopold @ Dec 15 2008, 12:12 PM) *
we could have Whitney Houston on there as the cheapest brown square (with her husband Bobby as the other Brown wink.gif). You know the one - Old Kent Road

I know why they changed the names of the roads when Monopoly came to the UK, but why the heck did they have to change the colors? It just confuses me! The cheapest properties in the US edition are a dark purpley color. I don't think there are any brown properties on the board at all.
leopold
Perhaps they changed the colours to differentiate from the Atlantic City version? Although, that said, I used to have a set from the 1950's (it was my Dad's) and the brown squares on that were very purpley. But the others were the same as every other set I've owned, pale blue, magenta, orange, red, yellow, green and dark blue. And that includes a New York one I got from NYC.
Moosh
QUOTE (candice @ Dec 15 2008, 12:19 PM) *
QUOTE (leopold @ Dec 15 2008, 12:12 PM) *
we could have Whitney Houston on there as the cheapest brown square (with her husband Bobby as the other Brown wink.gif). You know the one - Old Kent Road

I know why they changed the names of the roads when Monopoly came to the UK, but why the heck did they have to change the colors? It just confuses me! The cheapest properties in the US edition are a dark purpley color. I don't think there are any brown properties on the board at all.


It's just a more evocative way of saying that those properties are sh*t. Rather oddly I can't remember the reason for the colour change, and I should do, 'cos I've read Do Not Pass Go more than once. (It's a book containing everything you ever wanted to know about Monopoly and many, many things you didn't).
leopold
I'm not sure which is more worrying: Cand being thrown by a seachange in Pantone hues on a board game, or the fact that Moose has not only read a whole book on Monopoly, but has done so on more than one occasion. I'm not sure I'm ready for such revelations unsure.gif
LoLo
QUOTE (Smiler @ Dec 15 2008, 12:39 AM) *
I like being the banker, actually ran out of money once... good thing I'm not in charge of a financial institution who knows what might happen, I could loose a shed load... erm...


Just apply for a loan with the US government and I'm sure they would bail you out and give you more monopoly money. lol
Moosh
QUOTE (leopold @ Dec 15 2008, 02:55 PM) *
I'm not sure which is more worrying: Cand being thrown by a seachange in Pantone hues on a board game, or the fact that Moose has not only read a whole book on Monopoly, but has done so on more than one occasion. I'm not sure I'm ready for such revelations unsure.gif


>_> dry.gif
I'm quite competitive. I mostly read it for the strategies it gives you to win. But it's actually about the histories of all the streets on the board, it's very interesting.
leopold
A stategy guide, eh? I would've thought that the best policy was to buy wisely and invest prudently. The best row to hit is the back row (ie the reds and yellows) as these offer a good pull for a sensible price. Most people I've played are attracted to the big hit of the dark blues or the cheapness of prisoners' corner (the pale blue and magenta offerings around the jail square) but tend to overlook the red and yellows until you own them all and they keep failing to miss them. If you get the station and the utility company on there as well, you're in business.

Of course, the best strategy of all is not lose all your money biggrin.gif
Pikasyuu
QUOTE (Industrial Kybosh @ Dec 15 2008, 04:03 AM) *
QUOTE (syuu @ Dec 15 2008, 04:36 AM) *
yes. and i usually win.
i like monopoly. >_>


Beating your opponents to a pulp and stealing their deeds doesn't count as a legitimate win, you know... wink.gif

I love the game, but every one I've played has turned into a cyclical grudge match with no clear winner. Part of why I like it.


Breaking a chair over someone's head and screaming 'ST. JAMES' PLACE WAS MINE, A**HAT' is not beating anybody to a pulp. I am not a sore loser. Just a..pouty homicidal one.

We did once have to stop a game because a friend of mine with more pride and ego than me refused to pay, which caused a shouting match and bits of houses everywhere. I think that's one of the only games I didn't finish - the ones with my little sis' are a lot more pleasant and peaceful.
TigerLily013
QUOTE (voices_in_my_head @ Dec 14 2008, 11:12 PM) *
I did, once. But It took the course of three days, and my father refused to let us stop until someone had won.


Really? I used to babysit this kid who always wanted to play monopoly and longest the game took was maybe a few hours? The one time we didn't finish was because the mom came home and my job was done for that day.
Moosh
QUOTE (leopold @ Dec 15 2008, 05:05 PM) *
A stategy guide, eh? I would've thought that the best policy was to buy wisely and invest prudently. The best row to hit is the back row (ie the reds and yellows) as these offer a good pull for a sensible price. Most people I've played are attracted to the big hit of the dark blues or the cheapness of prisoners' corner (the pale blue and magenta offerings around the jail square) but tend to overlook the red and yellows until you own them all and they keep failing to miss them. If you get the station and the utility company on there as well, you're in business.

Of course, the best strategy of all is not lose all your money biggrin.gif


Hmm not bad but there's a few basic errors there. The stations and utilities are never worth the money, looking at the stats from simulated games (I'm really revealing far too much about myself here) they'll only pull in a few hundred pounds profit in a game, save your money for something decent, unless you think you can flog them to another player. The best set overall is the oranges, the right balance of cost and profit, then the reds and yellows.
leopold
I agree with you on the stations and utilities, but for the back row it's handy to have them just for sheer dominance; all your opponents have to land on that doesn't give you money is Free Parking, the Chance square between Strand and Fleet Street and Go To Jail - and the last two are mixed blessings. I agree the oranges give a better ratio of income for price, but in my experience they aren't landed on as frequently as the reds. Which seems a bit weird, given the law of averages. The only orange that gets landed on regularly is Marlboro Street, which is annoyingly the one I never land on until someone buys it, and then I hit it on every lap rolleyes.gif

I think we're both revealing too much here, Moose. Still, at least it's not as geeky as being an afficionado of Dungeons and Dragons biggrin.gif
mintyfish
blink.gif I'm impressed by your fortitude. I've only ever played as a kid with my sister and brother and we certainly never got to the end of a game before somebody upturned the board and used it as a cardboardy sibling-thwacking device, and am too traumatised try again now. To be fair, we couldn't get through a nice civil game like Scrabble without flinging the tiles at each other's eyeballs so Monopoly was hopeless.

Clue though...Clue we were good at. Who wants to foreclose your sibling when you can just pulverise them with a candlestick?
leopold
Funnily enough, my kids do that with the Monopoly board as well. I had a set I got from NYC, with pewter bits and everything, and it's all gone as a direct result of their ire at each other. The same happened to my Manchester set, which I'd never even opened (which therefore means they opened it on my behalf) and as such raised my hackles enough for me to turn the box into an offspring admonisher.

So I got them Junior monopoly. A game should last 20-30 minutes on that. But then my son, who isn't the most gracious loser, started losing, lost the plot and battered his sis with the bank. Tsk.

So then I got Frustration. Nice and easy, Ludo-esque game with a popper in the middle with the die in it. It took 10 minutes before I heard the roar of a child who'd just had their third piece sent home. I rushed in to relieve them of the plastic board, which was held aloft in a precursor to sibling splattering. Tried again, and giddy child punches the popper (literally) and ends up with plastic embedded in their knuckles. Fantastic.

So then we tried Connect 4. One of my adorable munchkins was playing me, and after her third losing game she proceeded to launch the chips at me. Great.

I'm trying a Wii this Christmas. I fully expect to find a child with a Wiimote inserted in them before the end of Boxing Day.
LoLo
My brother destroyed our Atari because he was mad that he couldn't kill enough plaque in plaque attack...children are so abusive with games, especially yours there leo. lol
mintyfish
I think kids in general have a tendency to become stark mad over board games. I had the misfortune last Christmas to correctly aim a piece in a game of Ants in the Pants with my cousin and the wee creeper spat in my eyes and gave me flu. dry.gif

Good luck with the Wii, though, if my experience with perfectly reasonable adultish types is any indication of the heated competitive nature of Wii Bowling.
Phyllis
QUOTE (mintyfish @ Dec 16 2008, 05:10 PM) *
I think kids in general have a tendency to become stark mad over board games. I had the misfortune last Christmas to correctly aim a piece in a game of Ants in the Pants with my cousin and the wee creeper spat in my eyes and gave me flu. dry.gif

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That is the point where you exercise your right as the older cousin to give him a swirlie, a wedgie, or some combination of the two!
Mata
I once played Croydopoly. It's a Monopoly board with lots of pubs in Croydon on it. You roll the die to see where you will have a drink next. I think the idea is to survive a trip around the board. I would tell you if we finished, but for some reason I can't remember.
Industrial Kybosh
So long as you didn't end up in jail...
Usurper MrTeapot
I think it's the rules that made me hate board games as a child. "Why can't I go there?" "Because the rules say you can't." Forget 5+, they should be advertised as Adults Only and sold only to those mature enough to handle fate splattering them.

I couldn't get over the concept of why I never won a beauty contest.
Aislinn Faye
My family used to play some strange rules, and when I played with my husband and his friends, they wondered why I put myself in jail when I rolled snake eyes, or wanted $400 for landing directly on GO. I love the game, the problem is getting people to play in the beginning and you need at least 3 people, it's no fun with 2. And I didn't know it was 5+ I thought the game was 8+!
Daria
QUOTE (Aislinn Faye @ Dec 17 2008, 03:54 PM) *
My family used to play some strange rules, and when I played with my husband and his friends, they wondered why I put myself in jail when I rolled snake eyes, or wanted $400 for landing directly on GO. I love the game, the problem is getting people to play in the beginning and you need at least 3 people, it's no fun with 2. And I didn't know it was 5+ I thought the game was 8+!


We also had the "get 400 when you land on Go" and also all the taxes had to go into the centre and whoever landed on free parking would get them.

As a child, I was always the grumpy youngest one who would flip the board over and have a paddy. But that was because my older brother and sister would cheat ALL the time. And then tell me it was just how the rules went.
Industrial Kybosh
QUOTE (Daria @ Dec 17 2008, 03:57 PM) *
We also had the "get 400 when you land on Go" and also all the taxes had to go into the centre and whoever landed on free parking would get them.


I've played that variant before. Made for some exciting last-minute fortune-reversals for the lucky Free Parkers. By then, though, we were too drunk to remember which piece was ours, and played snap with a pornographic pack of cards instead.
Usurper MrTeapot
I don't know if it is 5+, a random stab in the dark. 8+ is still too young in my books.
Aislinn Faye
When you get a few hours into the game and every other property has a hotel on it...you kinda hope you'll land in jail. Although sometimes we played it where if you were in jail you didn't collect money.
Mata
You're never supposed to collect money if you're in jail, that's what makes it a double edged sword.
Pixelgoth
I'm not a big board games person so I've never finished Monopoly as I can't remember actually ever playing it....maybe once....but I didn't like it so stopped.

My brother once went round London with his mates trying to visit all the places on the board but I don't think they managed it in one day.
Aislinn Faye
QUOTE (Mata @ Dec 19 2008, 01:16 PM) *
You're never supposed to collect money if you're in jail, that's what makes it a double edged sword.





Are you serious? Wow, this whole time I thought you could collect money.....I guess this is where actually reading the rules would come in handy.
Smiler
QUOTE (Pixiegoth @ Dec 19 2008, 03:07 PM) *
My brother once went round London with his mates trying to visit all the places on the board but I don't think they managed it in one day.


Monopoly pub crawl! I completed that once, tried a few other times but couldn't be bothered to travel over to some places like Old Kent Road, too long. You have to cheat a little too as there're one or two streets that don't actually have bars; like Pall Mall.

If you want to know more about monopoly and have a giggle finding more about London I read a great book a few years ago called Do Not Pass Go: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair by Tim Moore. I picked it up while traveling as I was a bit homesick and thought a London-centric book'd cheer me up - it did! Tim, the author, travels around London playing a game at each site with a random bod he meets there before rolling the die to works out his next location. It's very funny him playing with a lady of dubious nature at Kings Cross... hilarious! Well worth a read.
Moosh
QUOTE (Smiler @ Dec 20 2008, 08:43 PM) *
If you want to know more about monopoly and have a giggle finding more about London I read a great book a few years ago called Do Not Pass Go: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair by Tim Moore. I picked it up while traveling as I was a bit homesick and thought a London-centric book'd cheer me up - it did! Tim, the author, travels around London playing a game at each site with a random bod he meets there before rolling the die to works out his next location. It's very funny him playing with a lady of dubious nature at Kings Cross... hilarious! Well worth a read.


Hah! Other people have read it as well. I'm not the only one smile.gif
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