A few days ago I was over at a friend’s place, drinking beer, watching some March Madness, and playing a game of Monopoly. I was having amazing luck. I worked a deal to get all three of the green properties and started building a bunch of houses. I landed on Chance and Community Chest almost every time I got near properties that someone else owned. I eventually let someone give me both utilities for the rent they owed me, and soon had Park Place and Boardwalk as well. At the end, I could tell that they were both kind of pissed, because it was obviously just a bunch of lucky rolls. They were over it pretty quickly, since we decided to drink more beer and watch more basketball.
I’ve been on the other end as well, where I watched someone just tear around the board, landing exactly where they needed and having all the luck in the world while I sit there with Baltic Avenue and a handful of small bills.
It seems to me that Monopoly is a very frustrating game to lose, since any skill is usually trumped by dumb luck. Tell me it’s not just me. Tell me losing this game pisses you off, too.