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Monday, September 01, 2008


3000 games of Monopoly

One of the things I've been involved in is the attempt to set the world record for the most games of Monopoly played at the same time. Here's a picture of me playing the game on the Hasbro factory floor where the games were being shipped out. (yep, I'm the one near the back).

The unofficial count had more than 3100 games being played. We played for an hour with the new, "World Edition" of the game, in which all of the properties were decided by world vote. I actually managed to buy the top two properties, Montreal and Riga (aka Boardwalk and Park Place) and had three houses on them. Sadly, it wasn't quite enough to get me the top place in the game when time ran out. I probably would've done it, though. The "Advance to Montreal" card hadn't been uncovered yet.

A couple of fun facts. Most of the chance and community chest cards contain trivia about the world destinations they relate to. Also, the game includes an electronic banking system that keeps track of the money being spent. The electronic banking unit also contains a handy countdown timer for auctioning properties (you do auction properties when people don't buy them, right?) At any rate, a great time was had by all.

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I don't think I've ever had a game where people don't buy the properties, but I may have to dig deeper into the rules...

Looks like fun!
Mark, it's sort of been a "house rule" where people may choose to not buy a property when they land on it. According to the official rules, when someone lands on a property and chooses not to buy it (usually due to a shortage of cash) the property immediately goes up for auction to the highest bidder. Makes for a faster game.

But you're right, the best strategy is to buy, buy, buy (even if you have to mortgage to do so).
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