The Monopoly game was invented in the depression of the thirties as the Landlord
game by Charles Darrow. Well, that's very short, and perhaps not accurate.
The origin of the game has been the subject of attention of the some conflicts
Other interesting sites on the net.
Molesworth has an interesting and well looking sites with the rules,
frequently asked questions and interesting facts.
And of course there is Parker Brothers
own home page on the game. Parker Bothers is a subsidiary of Hasbro, a games
If you would like variations added to this site, please let me know at
Teun Spaans (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There are many home brewn variations, and one of the easiest is this:
Money paid for fines and getting out of jail is put on the center of the
board. If a player arrives at free parking, he receives this money.
Players may borrow money from each other, and pay 5% rent when the loaner
passes START. Usually this sparks controversions as some players feel gruntled.
It's probably better to let bankers do
The start of the game has a very large luck factor, and is not the most
interesting part of the game. So this part of the game got the special attention
of improvement intentions. One possible improvement is
acquiring by auction. Another is the
Quick Start. Wayne Schmittgerger also suggested
the fair start.
The designer no doubt had a noble idea in mind when including jail. Personally,
I like being in jail in the later stages of the game, as I get money but
don't need to pay. Also, I never understood why
I should turn into jail without being convicted, and without having done
anything wrong. This latter variant is for adults
Also a controlled advance decreases
the large luck factor of the game.
Some players get incredibly rich. What can you do with your money, well,
These and other variations may be downloaded in
Word Perfect 5 format.
© 1997 by Z. Teun Spaans. You are free to use the variations listed
at my site for personal use. Note that the commercial games are copyrighted.