Monopoly is Boring Because You’ve Been Playing It Wrong
You probably think of Monopoly as that excruciating board game you have to play with your family, unless your mom likes to make her nephews cry and it gets banned from the house (thanks, Mom!). It turns out it's not the Parker Bros.' fault that the game is so mind-numbingly dull -- it's yours. You've been playing it wrong all these years.
Think about it, when was the last time you read the rules to Monopoly? Have you ever even read the rules? The world owes a big debt of gratitude to gamer blog Critical Miss for pointing out one crucial step that people are skipping when they play Monopoly:
BUYING PROPERTY...Whenever you land on an unowned property you may buy that property from the Bank at its printed price. You receive the Title Deed card showing ownership; place it face up in front of you.
If you do not wish to buy the property, the Banker sells it at auction to the highest bidder. The buyer pays the Bank the amount of the bid in cash and receives the Title Deed card for that property. Any player, including the one who declined the option to buy it at the printed price, may bid. Bidding may start at any price."
Yeah, you read that right -- instead of hoping for a lucky roll to land you right on the property you want, it should immediately go up for auction when a person who lands on, say, Marvin Gardens decides they don't want it. Boom!
We're pretty sure it will still be banned from the house, because how much easier does this rule make it to bring a six-year-old to tears? Regardless, pretty exciting for anyone who wants to play a game of Monopoly in under nine hours.