What's Actually Supposed to Happen When You Land on Free Parking
Turns Out We've Been Playing Monopoly Wrong All Along
While most families whip out their box of Monopoly this time of year and think they know the strategy of the game inside and out, we've got some shocking news for you. We've been playing by the wrong rules all along.
YouTube channel Today I Found Out sheds some life-changing light on the popular Hasbro game in a recent video. Presenter Simon Whistler goes point by point to inform us that most of the rules we take for granted have actually been made up and passed down through the years.
Like the Free Parking space, for example. We all know that when you're forced to pay a fee either for getting out of jail, paying tax or similar, and you have to place money either under one corner or in the center of the board. The lucky player who lands on Free Parking then wins the jackpot and gets to take all this money for themselves, right? Well, er, no. That's not in the original rules.
Free Parking actually does nothing. It was supposed to be intended for players to have a little rest and to count their money, but that's been completely changed throughout the eight decades of gameplay.
Since this has become implemented into the game so widely, Hasbro introduced a set of optional "House Rules" in recent years, of which the Free Parking cash win is one. But it was never in the original set of rules. Who knew?
Also, nowhere in the rule book does it say you have to have made it round the board once before you start buying houses — that's another fictional rule we all abide by. Goodness, the game could be going so much faster!
There are some other rules we all skip that were designed to speed up gameplay, too. Like the fact that any time a player lands on an available property and makes the decision not to buy it, it's then supposed to be opened up to the rest of the players to bid for it, starting at any price they like.
As Simon Whistler points out, this rule "adds considerable strategy to property buying, rather than just relying on dumb luck of where you land and going by the stated purchase prices."
And another thing: When a player becomes bankrupt, this usually rules them out of the game and all their assets and what money they have left is returned to the bank. That's not actually correct — the assets are meant to go to the player whose debt couldn't be repaid and what lead to the bankruptcy. This is BRAND NEW INFORMATION.
To be honest, it's not a complete surprise that we've been playing it wrong; in a study commissioned by Hasbro, 68% of respondents admitted they'd never actually read the rules. And admit it: When was the last time you actually looked them over?
So this year, things will be different. Let's add playing Monopoly the correct way to our resolution list and speed up the world's longest game just a bit.
Video: The Hidden Genius of Monopoly's Rules | Game/Show | PBS Digital Studios
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