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Tanner Griffin
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I love Monopoly. Sure, it could be a better game, sure some other game deserves its reputation, sure it's a lot worse than most Euros, but I still love this game.

Why?

Fun, light (super-duper-light) strategy, high luck, nostalgia, competitive with my closer friends, etc, etc.

When I got around to being a bigtime BGGer, I was fascinated. All these games, all these ratings...hey, where's Monopoly on this rankings list?

(cue puzzled look.)


Wait, wait...what?


My Monopoly? My Monopoly that I have never disliked a game of? My favorite pre-Euro-introduction game?

Seriously?

Then I read all the things on here about how awful of a game it is, how it's worth Toilet Paper, the "how-to-destroy-my-monopoly" thing, etc. And I still like it.

That's right, I still think this game is excellent. In fact, reading about it here made me like it more. I love that it can take so long sometimes. I love the high luck (which I usually hate). I love the auctions, I love the shock on people's faces when there's no million dollars when they land on Free Parking, then they tell me to check the rules, it's in there ninja; I love the social aspect of the game (playing with 8 people is awesome), I love playing with my best friends, my cousin, my extended group of friends, and anyone else who enjoys it.

All right. I just had to get this out there. I have kept that inside for quite a while now. It feels so good to admit it finally.
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Well, let the rest throw rotten fruit and anything else at me....I love Monopoly, too.

I remember playing it the first time (must have been when I was about 9 or 10) and along with Risk....hey: great Waddington games (infact, I love vintage Waddington games ).

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After reading the Monopoly-related threads here on the geek, I realized I never actually played this game by the rules that were written. The house rules not just I, but far too many people use (free parking millions, anyone?) drop the excitement of an auction (getting territories is simply a matter of luck with your dice rolls), drag on the elimination of weak players, etc. They worsen the game.

So, even if I can't tell how good the game is when played by the rules, I can understand that a lot of people had boring, drawn out, unexcited experiences playing Monopoly and shy away from giving it a second chance when there's so many games around that they like better, but don't get to play often enough because of the game overload we have today.

No need to bash it passionately, though. ;-)
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I'm with you. I even have a Monopoly microbadge.
 
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Justin S.
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I like it tho admittedly i play with house rules laugh
 
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I'm still fond of it for many of the reasons mentioned. For me it's mostly nostalgia. Playing the rules as written, it's not a bad game.

Figilano wrote:
I can understand that a lot of people had boring, drawn out, unexcited experiences playing Monopoly and shy away from giving it a second chance when there's so many games around that they like better, but don't get to play often enough because of the game overload we have today.


Concur. For folks that progress through mass market Hasbro games like Monopoly to the wider array of games that we all know and love, there might even be a sense of having been swindled. "Why did I spend all that time playing (house rule dorked) Monopoly when I could have been playing this?"

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I would say that it is almost entirely the nostalgia effect.

It is hard to fight with your vision of the game while you are wearing rose colored glasses.

I mean, you said it yourself:

Friff14 wrote:
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That's right, I still think this game is excellent. In fact, reading about it here made me like it more. I love that it can take so long sometimes. I love the high luck (which I usually hate). I love the auctions, I love the shock on people's faces when there's no million dollars when they land on Free Parking, then they tell me to check the rules, it's in there ninja; I love the social aspect of the game (playing with 8 people is awesome), I love playing with my best friends, my cousin, my extended group of friends, and anyone else who enjoys it.

All right. I just had to get this out there. I have kept that inside for quite a while now. It feels so good to admit it finally.


You point out all the flaws you percieve in the game, and say that you like it anyway.

That's nostalgia, and it will win out. It is always fun to talk a walk down memory lane. Every game of Monopoly you play, you relive ALL your Monopoly memories, and that is very hard to compete with.
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When I tell folks about how my wife and I are into boardgaming (wink wink), what I usually tell them is, "you know how you can play Monopoly and someone pulls ahead and then you spend the next 2-3 hours watching them play, waiting for the game to end? Well these games are NOT like that."

So, I'm grateful to Monopoly, at least, for giving me an easy way to hook new folks into gaming with us.
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Bob Funchess
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So, I'm grateful to Monopoly, at least, for giving me an easy way to hook new folks into gaming with us.

I think this is the best thing about Monopoly: Everyone has played it, so I can call Rail Baron "Monopoly with railroads" and get a lot of people who vaguely remember playing Monopoly as a kid to at least try it.

As for the game itself: I'm willing to concede that it might potentially be a fun game with the right people. Played with everyone I've ever played it with? Not so much. Using the official rules helps, but not enough.
 
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Figilano wrote:
After reading the Monopoly-related threads here on the geek, I realized I never actually played this game by the rules that were written. The house rules not just I, but far too many people use (free parking millions, anyone?) drop the excitement of an auction (getting territories is simply a matter of luck with your dice rolls), drag on the elimination of weak players, etc. They worsen the game.

So, even if I can't tell how good the game is when played by the rules, I can understand that a lot of people had boring, drawn out, unexcited experiences playing Monopoly and shy away from giving it a second chance when there's so many games around that they like better, but don't get to play often enough because of the game overload we have today.

No need to bash it passionately, though. ;-)



I definitely don't agree with free parking "lottery". Only having just more money doesn't actually do anything good for you and just slows down the game. If you could take any property on the board you wanted... now that could be exciting.

As for monopoly, I love it too, but I hate playing it now because we never actually play it to completion. When we play it, it's usually with too many people and nobody gets a monopoly or nobody trades, or everybody trades. These things can get frustrating. Honestly nowawdays I'd rather play just about any other game because we usually finish any other game. I'm looking at BGG's variant section to see if there are some well thought out ways to fix it.

Things I'd want to fix?

player elimination can sometimes be not fun.

One person getting a monopoly with or without trade can cause that person to be over powered. Perhaps if having partial monopolies could provide better returns and/or some rewards.

A little less luck somehow?

 
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Jim Mangiameli
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I'm a fan of Monopoly as well and not ashamed of it. I like plenty of other games too; Monopoly is simply one of them. I always play RAW; no $500 on Free Parking or anything.

Jim
 
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