Saturday, September 19, 2015

Playing Monopoly with Miss Darcy

Monopoly is an American-originated board game published by Parker Brothers. Subtitled "The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game", the game is named after the economic concept of monopoly — the domination of a market by a single entity. It is currently published by the United States game and toy company Hasbro. Players move around the game board buying or trading properties, developing their properties with houses and hotels, and collecting rent from their opponents, the ultimate goal being to drive them into bankruptcy. LINK

UNLESS you're playing with Miss Darcy. Her strategy (I'm using the term loosely) is to scoot around the board and buy up as many properties from different color groups (especially Ventor Avenue) and then collect the miniature rents and NOT make any real estate deals with other players. The end result is that this just draws out the game for HOURS while NO ONE is able to develop any properties. Eventually someone gets pissed off and quits and then everyone else quits and NOBODY WINS. This is pretty much like playing Checkers without jumping the opponent. And no matter how you try to explain how the game is supposed to be played, Miss Darcy is just going to keep scooting around the board and not make any deals. Basically she's turned a fun game of bartering and real estate deals into a game of Sorry... SORRY I PLAYED WITH MISS DARCY!

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