My House, My Rules: Your favorite House Rules
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House rules are rules that you won't actually find in the rulebook but you add to a game to make it more to your liking.

After creating the Hey, That's not how you play! ... Oh well, still a good game. list for games where we botch rules on accident, I thought we need a list for games where we do it on purpose.

Please feel free to share you favorite house rules to your favorite games here so that we all might enjoy the variations you've created or discovered.
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1. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.38 Overall Rank:17024]
This game has to be the first one on this list.
I heard somewhere that there was actually a book written about all the house rules created for this game (maybe the place I heard it was in my imagination though).
When I finally read the rulebook as an adult I was a little surprised to learn that a lot of the rules I grew up playing weren't actually official rules.
My favorite, that I still hold onto today, is free parking payday. All the money payed to fines and taxes and such goes to the middle of the board, anyone who lands on free parking gets all the money on the board.
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2. Board Game: Council of Verona [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2215]
A fun and fast variation for this game, especially when playing with five players, is to ignore the card draft at the beginning. Everyone is just dealt three cards and plays those. Sometimes we also play the two leftover cards to the table first, one to the council and one to exile.
 
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3. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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When we play Dominion we allow all players to finish the last round. This negates the first-player advantage flaw in the game.
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4. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:24]
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I would guess we've got at least one house rule for almost every game we own, which really make them more fun to play.

In the masterpiece Mage Knight, for instance, we've ruled out the "movement first then action" order during a turn. The player's allowed to do whatever s/he wants, in any order, explore and move as much he wants, as long as he has cards for that.

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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:324] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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The robber is inactive during the first two full rounds of the game (reroll sevens). This one is particularly important in a 4 player game.
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