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A (sometimes) short game of Monopoly
on August 18, 2012
Chances are you've either heard of or have played the original game of Monopoly. For those few who possibly know or don't know better of it, it is a roll and move game which involves acquiring portions of the board in a bid to financially strangle others off it.
This edition of the Monopoly formula however is an attempt to adjust the game in which to address one of the ever present issues with a game of Monopoly, its game length. Immediately notable is the board which has done away with the railroads, the utilities, and the tax spaces. The next difference is during preparation of the board when cards are placed over each property. With exception of the occasional tile that forces you to auction off that property, most are there to make more purchases, steal properties to complete sets, and speed up building houses. The third difference is the money scale. Though it all looks like large lumps, relatively everyone actually starts with small amounts. The original game started you with $1500 whereas this one has you start with $372. The money differences are noticed further throughout play as properties aren't that comparatively cheaper which means properties on the high end are more likely to be auctioned off and the equivalent Boardwalk set is unlikely to be directly purchased in the first lap. The last difference in the game can be considered a rather significant one. The game has a set end goal, reach a Million (or $1000 in equivalent currency) to win. What this means is not everyone may have to endure the inevitable wealth vacuum that signals the end game in a regular Monopoly game for there to be a winner.
So it could be a shorter game of Monopoly. However, everything else that makes the game what it is for the last several decades the vanilla iteration of the game has been around. Buying, selling, trading, building, and bankrupting are all there. It can be a distilled experience depending how the game progresses though which seems to be the aim of this version. Whether or not you consider this game for you would be whether or not you thought Monopoly is worth playing. It may be a shorter drink but it still tastes the same and sometimes to some, it's how much exposure that matters.