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Subject: Worth Picking Up at the Thrift Store If You've Got Kids rss

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Frank McGirk
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Free parking was one of Parker Brothers attempts to cash in on the popularity of Monopoly before they hit on the concept of releasing the same game with different commercial tie-ins.

The game isn't great by any means, as it is totally luck driven and can keep one person continually drawing and discarding in hopes of getting playable cards, but it plays quickly, has some neat pieces, and allows for some fun--if not particularly thought provoking--interaction.

Each player gets a parking meter and five cards to start. The cards, with a few exceptions, allow you to put time into your meter or allow you to spend time doing different activities (e.g. buying pajamas or renewing your driver's license). The activities you can do, which earn you points, are determined by the amount of time on the meter. Once you do an activity and gain those points, you have to take a corresponding amount of time off your meter.

If your meter is ever at zero/violation, you are at risk of being hassled by officer Jones, usually in the form of other players playing that card on you. If you don't have a "Talk your way out of it" card, you have to give up one of your point cards.

The first one to 200 points wins.

There is a high degree of luck, even aside from luck-of-the-draw as many of the chance cards--cards that are optional to pick at the end of your turn--make sweeping adjustments to people's meters, points, and even positions (you can change places and steal someone's "hard earned" points.

The game is basically one of tit for tat, while trying to amass points, but is relatively enjoyable. Our group, especially with certain players, plays a lot of these kiddie games, as we still relish competition without hard feelings, which competitions that rely on luck seem to facilitate.


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Jim Cote
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jollypirate wrote:
...as it is totally luck driven and can keep one person continually drawing ... in hopes of getting playable cards...


Ah, just like Ticket to Ride.
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I wish I could find this game at a thrift store.
 
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Devin
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Just found a really nice copy at value village. Contents appear to be barely used and nothing missing (including the open wrappers for cards). Not sure if it will get much play, but a neat addition to the collection anyway.

Also found a nice copy of another Monopoly spinoff game a while back at Value Village called Advance to Boardwalk.
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/334/advance-to-boardwalk

I didn't know either of these games even existed until I found them there.
 
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