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50 posts here and not one mention of possibly the right answer which is

Dice Town

Dice, money, poker-ish, wild west, cowboys, land grabs (monopoly undertones), lots of interaction. PLEASE check it out.

Having said that, I'll just mention my story with my kids, 5 and 7. I introduced games pretty early and we still play games. But more often than not, now, when I suggest we play a game, I get a no thanks (if only it were No Thanks!). It seems they've cooled on board games and I don't really know why. I've asked, and they say they don't know why either. So that happens, and I agree with a lot of comments here, cherish the time you get to play games with them, whatever games it may be. Cherish The Cabin!!
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You just left Monopoly sitting out where a child could reach it? Don't you have a locking game cabinet with tokens kept separate from the game? Don't you know that 80% of all Monopoly game plays by children under the age of 18 are in the home with unattended gameboards?

We really need some common sense Monopoly reforms. Nobody wants to take away your Monopoly; just make it harder for children and criminals to play.
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Get him an app for it (whatever the equivalent is to my old electronic hand held version..)
 
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I just remembered that Monopoly Gamer https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/230408/monopoly-gamer/ra... is the best Monopoly there is, and it plays fast. So at least you cut the game length and it's actually more fun
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scifiantihero wrote:
Get him an app for it (whatever the equivalent is to my old electronic hand held version..)

...because what we need more of is people growing up with their attention focused on their tablets/phones whistle
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I'm afraid he may be broken, check to see if it is too late for an exchange or refund.

Not possible. My children are that age.

I’ve checked.
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mrsuitcase wrote:

Learn Monopoly strategy: https://www.amazon.com/Monopoly-Strategy-Worlds-Popular-Boar...

Then crush him at it... over and over... that'll wean him off of it.

Meanwhile, break out Ticket to Ride and let him win here and there!

The "Good Cop, Bad Cop" routine will do the trick!

Oh, and never let him play the car. Make him play the shoe or the thimble.



This made me laugh!

But otherwise, I agree that you should just enjoy that he loves playing games with you and others. He will eventually associate games=fun with others, and when others want to play other games, he will want to do that too.

Make sure you play with the rules as written, however, otherwise the game will last much too long! I finally did this as an adult (also with a child who loved the game) and it was quite a bit more fun than I remembered!
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You should approach this son of yours like you would approach having a board game you don't like; Sell him on the geek market and get a different one!
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When I was a kid, I loved games with paper money. I loved feeling rich and like I was buying things. So I would just embrace it and laugh about it with him in the future.

And maybe Careers is one you should consider. It's not modern, but it could give you more variety. It's pretty similar to Monopoly, but you get to make more decisions.
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I have three kids: a 13 y.o. (girl), a 10 y.o. (boy) and a 9 y.o. (girl). The 13-year-old isn't interested in games really. I still love her!

I've tried to play games with all my kids with limited success. They're just not into it at the same intense level I am (few are). A few weeks ago, the 10- and 9-year olds asked about Munchkin. They had played it at a friend's house and thought it was so cool. I didn't have any interest in playing Munchkin and didn't own it, but I bought it for them as a present from my trip to Origins last weekend. They were so excited when I gave it to them. Since then, they've designed their own boards and created their own PvP rules. They asked me to play it with them every night after I come home from work. We've managed to play it three times and they were all smiles. I was too.

Yesterday morning, I was telling my wife about a game I purchased at Origins and how cutthroat and fun it is (it's Northern Pacific from Rio Grande). My youngest daughter, listening to me describe it, then turns to my wife and says: "Dad tries to get us to play games for 20-year olds, and we're like, what the heck is going on?! They're crazy!" I had to laugh.

The point I'm trying to make is that it doesn't really matter what games your kids want to play. Just play games with them. I'm 47 and I was into board games in the 1970s (before D&D). I loved Mouse Trap, Monopoly, 10-4 Good Buddy, Othello and Obsession. Those games laid the foundation for my love of board game just as much as D&D did when I got the red box set around 1982.

There isn't any reason we need to "fix" someone who likes games we don't like. Our games aren't really better than the mass market games. I'm enjoying Munchkin with my two youngest and while it's certainly not what I'd want to play if given the choice, I'll be content to have fun with them, all while secretly plotting how and when to spring a D&D campaign on them!
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Just get him the Super Mario version of it...
 
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There was one summer in my life (around 10) that we played Monopoly the entire summer. Everyday and all day. There was stealing, manipulation, threats, crooked dealings, extortion, cursing, high interest loans, intimidation and other things I rather not mention in a public forum. Keep him away from Monopoly.
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On a side note, enjoy the years that he wants to play board games with you.
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Do you have all of your games listed on the Geek? There's not much to grab a child's attention other than Epic Duels. Find out what he likes in a game and what themes he likes, then get some specifically for him. Maybe he'd like some easier thematic games. Something to grab his imagination. For example, my 9-year-old loves playing carnivores in Evolution: The Beginning. We played 1313 Dead End Drive with both kids yesterday and the 9-year-old is VICIOUS. She had a great time.

Find what your kid likes, help him choose new games that he loves and you hate less than Monopoly, and hopefully that will help. You don't have to spend a lot of money, if that's a concern, because there are lots of fun games for kids at thrift stores. Try more fun things with dice, simple but strategic card games, silly dexterity games, stuff he'd be excited to show his friends.
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Kids go through phases. He'll grow out of it. He could be doing far worse than Monopoly. In the mean time enjoy playing Monopoly!
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As Mike noted, played by the rules, it's a good game. I've played at game conventions with other "modern board gamers" and they were fine with it. Playing by the rules and going into trades early on that give both sides a monopoly (even if not perfectly equitable) makes the game move along briskly. Takes just over an hour.

And, hey, there's a reason kids (and adults) have played this for almost 100 years. Just because the modern breed of tabletop gamer thumbs their nose at Monopoly doesn't mean it isn't fun or worthy. I've certainly had more miserable times with some of the recent games, hoping the game would end quickly.
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I liked Monopoly at 8-9 years of age. Paper money, investment, dealing, ... (and the forbidden fruit of thinking Capitalism in a socialist country) but what really put me off it was some other kids who were very adept at cheating, more and more subtle. THEY are now the successful businessmen here ;-)

At that time there weren't Euro games around. If I had Power Grid I would have loved many facets of it... except the absurd balancing order of play rule?

If they want cutthroat, show them Age of Steam or Food Chain Magnate !
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Forget games, open a custodial account with a stock broker and let him play the market.
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lmnop wrote:
I'll be content to have fun with them, all while secretly plotting how and when to spring a D&D campaign on them!

It doesn't really matter what module you play, just reskin every single NPC as a character from some tv series that they like (or multiple). Don't be afraid to mix things up.

My kids think they are playing "Harry Potter and the Mines of Phandelver"... Their party of 'Tonks', 'Neville', and 'Bellatrix' just saved Hagrid from a horde of goblins, now they are of to find a wizard by the name of Delores Umbridge....
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I’m not sure if you meant this as a joke thread....

I’d say play with him as often as you can until he’d played enough. It’s a phase and soon he’ll want to try something different. Either that or your game will become so worn from playing that it is no longer playable. You should be glad that at least he isn’t asking you to play Snakes and Ladders (which I have done with my children for over 150 times.
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Flip Florey's Super Saturday Board Game Serial recently talked about Monopoly Pizza Game and they said it was a fun version of the game; it's $12 on Amazon, so wouldn't be a costly attempt to expand his interests.

I agree with what others are saying, be happy that he's found a game that he enjoys. If he grows up and Monopoly is still his favorite game, what would that hurt?
 
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Pookiesylvania wrote:

I agree with what others are saying, be happy that he's found a game that he enjoys. If he grows up and Monopoly is still his favorite game, what would that hurt?

I'm pretty sure this is the Joker's origin story.
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HappyCamper01 wrote:
You just left Monopoly sitting out where a child could reach it? Don't you have a locking game cabinet with tokens kept separate from the game? Don't you know that 80% of all Monopoly game plays by children under the age of 18 are in the home with unattended gameboards?
Even though this is an obvious joke... it's exactly what happened to us. As kids rampaging around our supervising adults' houses, we played whatever we could get our hands on...

I've broken my aunt's boombox... my grandfather's model WW2 airplanes (I hope he never found out, god bless his soul)... used my grandmother's ladies' night gambling paraphernalia as Lego... my dog chewed up the chess set because I left it out...

If it ain't locked down, we got into it. So ofc Monopoly cannot escape. I hated it (cuz my cousin always wins) but beggars can't be choosers.
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I feel like Acquire could be a fun choice.

(But this kid will be playing 1830 in no time!)
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Update: I introduced King of Tokyo to my son a couple weeks ago, and that seems to have solved the addiction (fingers crossed)! He's been picking that every time so far, although I'm sure he'll still occasionally pick monopoly. At least it's much more manageable now!
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