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1933
# of Players
2 − 8
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Monopoly
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Ålborg på spil
Banco Imobiliário
Banco Imobiliário Brasil
Banco Imobiliário: Luxo
Beuru Mabeul
Cờ Phú Ông
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La Gran Capital
Gute Reise Monopoly
Kleppspelet
Matador
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Metropoli
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Monopol
Monopoli
Monopoli: Edizione Europea
Monopoli: Nopean sijoittajan kiinteistöpeli
Monopolio
Monopoly: Das berühmte Gesellschaftsspiel
Monopoly: Swedish
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Theme
Players take the part of land owners, attempting to buy and then develop their land. Income is gained by other players visiting their properties and money is spent when they visit properties belonging to other players. When times get tough, players may have to mortgage their properties to raise cash for fines, taxes and other misfortunes.

Gameplay
On his turn, a player rolls two dice and moves that number of spaces around the board. If the player lands on an as-yet-unowned property, he has the opportunity to buy it and add it to his portfolio or allow the bank to auction it to the highest bidder. If a player owns all the spaces within a color group, he may then build houses and hotels on these spaces, generating even more income from opponents who land there. If he lands on a property owned by another player, he must pay that player rent according to the value of the land and any buildings on it. There are other places on the board which can not be bought, but instead require the player to draw a card and perform the action on the card, pay taxes, collect income, or even go to jail.

Goal
The goal of the game is to be the last player remaining with any money.

Cultural impact on rules
Monopoly is unusual in that the game has official, printed rules, but most players learn how to play from others, never actually learning the correct way to play. This has led to the canonization of a number of house rules that make the game more palatable to children (and sore losers) but harm the gameplay by preventing players from going bankrupt or slowing down the rate of property acquisition. One common house rule has players put any money paid to the bank in the center of the board, which jackpot a player may earn by landing on Free Parking. This prevents the game from removing money from play, and since players collect $200 each time they pass Go, this results in ever-increasing bankrolls and players surviving rents that should have bankrupted them. Another house rule allows players to take "loans" from the bank instead of going bankrupt, which means the game will never end. Some house rules arise out of ignorance rather than attempts to improve the game. For instance, many players don't know that properties landed on but left unbought go up for auction, and even some that know to auction don't know that the bidding starts at $1, meaning a player may pay well below the listed price for an auctioned property.

Background
In the USA in 1933, Charles Darrow devised Monopoly based on an earlier game by Elizabeth J. Magie. The patent was filed 31st August 1935 while the game was on sale in America. Based on an earlier game, The Landlord's Game, it was at first rejected by Parker Bros., as being too complicated to be a success. How wrong could they be! It came to the UK in 1936, made under licence by Waddingtons. Darrow died in 1967 having realised he had developed one of the most successful board games of all times. It was awarded as Game of the Century by the TRA (Toy Retailers Association).

Monopoly was patented in 1935 by Charles Darrow and released by Parker Brothers. The game was actually one of a number of variants in existence at the time, all of which date back to an earlier, 1904 game by Elizabeth J. Magie called The Landlord's Game. Magie was a proponent of the Single Tax put forth by famous author Henry George. The game was designed to show the evils of earning money from renting land (as it leads to the destitution of all but one player) and the virtues of the proposed Single Tax - players could choose to play under regular rules or alternate "Single Tax" rules.

The game didn't really go anywhere and Magie lost interest in it. Variations of the game evolved, however, and homemade versions traveled up and down the Atlantic coast and even as far west as Michigan and Texas, being developed all along the way. Eventually the game was noticed by Charles Darrow, who introduced it to the world in its current form.

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Components:

  • Game board
  • 2 six-sided dice; current editions include a custom six-sided Speed Die that moves players farther and occasionally offers more movement options
  • Player tokens (at least 8; the exact count varies from edition to edition)
  • 32 houses
  • 12 hotels
  • Chance cards (16)
  • Community Chest cards (16)
  • Title deed cards (28)
  • Play money
  • Instructions

The Deluxe Edition also includes:

  • Title deed card holder
  • Banker's tray
  • 12 player tokens

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3 $1000 Monopoly Bills
4 x $1000 Monopoly money for when you run out of $500 bills in especially long games. I recommend printing these on purple paper to be different than the other bills.
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1 Reglas en Español
Reglas en Español del mitico juego del monopoly en su versión estandard.
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2012-02-14
3 Obama Monopoly
Rule changes consistent with national economic policies in real estate and taxes. Bailouts, high taxes, new energy costs challenge players on how difficult it is to become rich,
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2012-02-01
2 Final Fantasy Monopoly Ready For Print
This has all the components needed to play this monopoly version of Final Fantasy. The rules for the original Monopoly are applied, but not included. I would recommend laminating the board and card. The tokens could be glued to foam board or card board and cut out for more depth. The money itself is optional, but I didn't laminate it in my version.
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7 Monopoly Deed Cards + Chance/Community Chest
These are deed cards and chance/community chest cards for Monopoly. You can print them on Avery 28877 (Clean Edge Business Cards 10 per page 2"x3.5"). Included are the fronts and backs of the cards.
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2009-07-26
5 Monopoly Varient - Realopoly
An attempt simulate the actual real estate market with monopoly.
2009-01-17
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A US patent for Monopoly
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Official Monopoly tournament score sheet
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Official rules for the most recent US Monopoly Championship
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