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Subject: Anti-monopoly - a weak variant to the more positve and original version rss

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Robert Zitzelsperger
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The quintessential and ubiquitous game of monopoly, with its many variants and themes, has an asymmetrical counter part known as "Anti-Monopoly II" or "Anti-Monopoly". The University Games version I have was bought for about $10 on special in the K-Mart toys section, which in itself should have been an ominous sign, but through shear curiosity I couldn’t resist!

Anti-Monopoly does have the familiar monopoly board set-up, but this version has an almost washed out, black and white appearance. The money is minimalistic in design and the property cards lack the colourful vibrancy and feel compared to the original, no doubt explaining the cheap purchase cost. The board has also been americanised, with major US cities replacing the familiar London street names; New York representing "May Fair" and New Orleans as the "Kent Road" equivalent at the opposite end of the property price spectrum.

Two distinct groups of people "The Monopolists" and "The Competitors" play the game with slightly different rules being applied for each group. Even the Chance and Community Chest cards have been replaced with Competitor and Monopolist cards, each drawn by the respective group only. Monopolists must try to buy two or more similar coloured properties before development, whereas competitors can buy individual properties and develop them immediately. The advantage for monopolists is they can charge higher rents once a property is developed. All players start with $1500, which is less that the original, although the individual property purchase prices are the same. The significant different is the prices for rents as these are much lower than the original. An apartment on New York (equivalent to 4 houses or a hotel) commands a maximum rent of only $240, almost 1/10th of a Hotel on May Fair.

This causes problems with the game dynamics making it very difficult to bankrupt another player. The other problem lies in the lack of individual play possible. With 4 or more players, the game play is predominantly between two groups; even the monopolists find it difficult to bankrupt each other let alone the competitors. Two game objectives Game "A" and "B" are respectively given; either bankrupt all other players or be the richest competitor or monopolist left after all opposing group players are bankrupt. After playing the game several times, neither objective was achieved. Instead, a mutual decision was reached, called "Game C" where the richest player after a set time (1-2 hours) was declared the winner. Although the rules state; 'all elements in this game have been mathematically constructed to make a fair game between competitors and monopolists. If either competitors or monopolists have the best of it in the first few games you play, it’s because luck is on their side or because they are playing better', usually the ‘monopolist’ won by having the most money, making for an ironic outcome.

I agree with the other reviews given that this version of monopoly is worse than the original. Increasing the rents to match the original may improve or at least quicken the game play. I would recommend no fewer than 4 players, with 2 or 3 it becomes pointless. At best this game remains a curiosity to be played once or twice and then forgotten.
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Jesse W.
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The 'familiar london street names' weren't that familiar to me as a United States Native. Is 'May Fair' equivalent to Boardwalk?
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May Fair is the most expensive and exclusive area in London.

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Lucas Blackwolf
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That's an interesting story behind a boardgame;
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125599860004295449.html?mod=...
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Lucas Blackwolf wrote:
That's an interesting story behind a boardgame;
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125599860004295449.html?mod=...


Parker Brothers = book burners.

from article:
Meanwhile, Parker Brothers filed for, and won, a court order to "deliver up for destruction" 37,000 copies of the board game from Prof. Anspach's warehouse. Parker Brothers, he says, buried the games near a rural Minnesota landfill. "It was depressing," says Prof. Anspach.
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Leo Borg
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"the original"? http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/an-anticapitalist-wom...
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Neil Figuracion
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To be fair, this was designed to show that monopolies were actually bad rather than to make a good game.
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Benjamin Benson
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Fad23 wrote:
To be fair, this was designed to show that monopolies were actually bad rather than to make a good game.


So was the original game but people enjoyed destroying others rather than realizing the devastation monopolies brought to everyone else.
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