Hasbro, owner of the Monopoly game, has decided to create an edition of its game that will include one house rule, which will be chosen through debate on its Facebook page from a group of ten proposed rules. Specifically, these:
The ‘House Rules’ included in the Great MONOPOLY ‘House Rules’ Debate are:
Gotta admit, the only ones I’ve heard of are the first, second, and ninth ones, and the ninth one - once around the board before you can buy properties - was always more along the lines of someone saying they’d heard that was a rule, with everyone else immediately saying, “what are you talking about - there’s no such rule!” but I’ve never encountered anyone saying it was a house rule they liked.
I think if houses and hotels on individual properties are allowed, they ought to change the name of the game, because if you don’t need a monopoly, why call it ‘Monopoly’? And some of the proposals are just plain silly, like $500 for snake eyes, or for three players on three consecutive properties.
My proposals would be to (a) dispose of limits on the total amount of cash and houses/hotels in the game, and (b) allow multiple hotels on the same property, with the rents adjusted accordingly. (E.g. three hotels on Baltic raises the rent to 3*$450 = $1350.)
Getting rid of the cash/house/hotel limits would be in keeping with how the game was actually played as I was growing up: you’d have older Monopoly sets where some of the cards/deeds/pieces had gone missing, and when you bought a new set, you’d just consolidate the cash, houses, and hotels from the old set into the new set. It wasn’t a ‘house rule’; it was just something everyone did.
The multiple hotels on a property house rule (which was one I usually instigated, but was popular with the other kids I played with) was a response to the reality that quite often, you’d get to a point where each of the remaining players had good monopolies, and equally important, too much cash to bankrupt in two or three unlucky trips around the board when the maximum rent anywhere was $2000, and was much less over most of the board.
Each remaining player would have all this extra money, but no way to employ it to bankrupt their opponents. So the money would just kind of slosh back and forth.
But if everybody agreed to unlimited building on a property, you could put ten hotels on each of the light blues if you had the monopoly and the cash, and charge $6000 in rent if they landed on Connecticut Avenue. And once you could do things like that, you could really hurt an opponent - or he could hurt you, if you’d sunk too much of your money into those thirty hotels, and you didn’t have much left over to pay the rent on Marvin Gardens with four hotels when you landed there.
So, your turn: what do you think of the various proposed house rules? Have you encountered many of them before? What rules should there be, that aren’t part of the official debate?