Friday, November 25, 2005

Games of Chance

It is a curious fact that very few people know the full rules of Monopoly. People don't know that if a player lands on an unowned property and doesn't buy it, then the property is auctioned off. They don't know about the requirement to pay 10% interest when you buy an already mortgaged property. Some people do funny things with Free Parking or have other misconceptions.

I would bet that 95% of all Monopoly games played fail to comply with the official rules in one way or another.

We played Monopoly at Thanksgiving and I won (YEE-HAW!). This Monopoly game might have been the most compliant with the rules that I have ever played. We still didn't get it 100% right because we forgot the surcharge on purchased mortgaged property at one point. But we were close.

I have had good results with luck-based party games recently. On Saturday I was introduced to Fluxx, which is a fun low-effort card game, and I won twice.

Sadly this luck hasn't extended to poker, which cost me a little money this week. I guess poker must not be a game of chance.


At 6:16 AM, November 25, 2005, Blogger Jordan said...

We always played with the auction, but I didn't know about the surcharge on hocked property ... it makes more sense, though.

At 2:07 PM, November 25, 2005, Blogger Matt Bruce said...

Fluxx is a FANTASTIC party game. It feels like a deep strategy game but you can't think too hard because overthinking it doesn't accomplish anything.

As for Monopoloy, my experience had been almost the opposite of Jordan's, with the 10% mortgage surcharge consistently levied but sometimes the auction forgotten about.

One time (I forget where) I was in a game where we did correctly carry out the auction but more than one player seemed not to realize that any property is clearly worth bidding at least its mortgage value.


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