Welcome readers, to the Game Corner! Every week, we’ll be giving a quick look of a board game in Hwa Chong, and this week will be…
Where: Loan from Council Welfare Room (open 3 to 6 pm from Mon – Fri)
$5 deposit required, return by 6pm the same day
Ahh, Monopoly – one of the most popular games in the world. According to Hasbro, more than 275 million games have been sold in 111 countries, in 43 languages, with an estimated 1 billion players. Monopoly started back in 1904, when an economic activist named Elizabeth Magie patented the Landlord’s Game. The Landlord’s Game challenged players to buy properties and charge rent to demonstrate the inequalities of turn-of-the-century capitalism. The game itself is pretty easy to play: accumulate properties, bankrupt your friends. If you don’t already know how to play the game, here’s the rulebook!
…The thing is, games of Monopoly tend to drag on. (It really doesn’t live up to the name of “The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game”.) Most tend to last a good 3 to 4 hours, and the longest recorded game went on for 70 straight days! This could be a bit of a problem, seeing as you’d need to wrap up your game in less than 3 hours before you return it to the Welfare Room – that, or take extensive notes between games. How would you do this? Introducing…
Monopoly at the Speed of Liiiiiight
1. Follow the Rules
Before you guys play, I’d recommend everyone have a good read of this rulesheet here. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. There are a few important details that most players miss out on. For instance, when you land on a property and do not buy it, it is immediately auctioned off to every player! This is a rule that quite a few people miss out – it speeds up the game, and encourages people to think before they buy properties.
Now that everyone’s familiar with how to play…
2. Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
After Player 1 rolls and moves their piece, Player 2 can then roll and move while Player 1 settles their turn. This simple step saved us a good amount of time playing!
With these two steps alone, we were able to cut our 3 person game down to about one and a half hours! But in case you wanted to speed it up even more, here are some rules for an even faster game.
- At the start of the game, set aside 9 property tiles randomly. Before the game begins, they are all auctioned off! (The normal quick start is that 3 properties are dealt to each player randomly; however, this way requires a bit more skillful playing and a bit less luck.)
- You only need 3 houses on each lot of a color group before you buy a hotel.
- If you’re in jail and don’t roll doubles once (instead of three times), you have to pay the $50 to get out immediately.
- The penalty for landing on “Income Tax” is a flat $200 (because nobody wants to wait for someone to count up 10% of your net worth).
- The game ends when one player goes bankrupt!
And those are our tips for a faster game! Good luck, roll doubles, and crush your friends!