Turns Out You’ve Been Playing Monopoly Wrong Your Whole Life
Launched in 1934, Monopoly has been causing relationship squabbles and family meltdowns ever since. (Remember the great Christmas Eve fiasco of 1998?) But a Twitter user recently revealed a lesser-known rule about the classic board game that could change everything.
Apparently, if a player lands on a property and decides not to purchase it, then it should go to auction for the rest of the players to buy if they wish. Um, what?
When someone lands on a property??in #Monopoly ???? & they don't buy it, IT GOES TO AUCTION for any player to buy.? Ruben (@AskRubenHow2Bet) November 20, 2017
IT. IS. IN. THE. RULES.
Now wait just a New York minute. If you land somewhere and can’t afford the price tag, then you’re just supposed to feel sorry for yourself and move on, right? Not so.
Here’s what the rule book has to say (nope, we’d never actually bothered to read it, either):“Whenever you land on an unowned property, you may buy that property from the Bank at its printed price. 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.”
Urgh, as if Uncle John weren’t smug enough about his role as banker already.
What will the rule book tell us next? That there’s another way to finish the game that doesn’t involve one family member flipping the board over and shouting about how stupid Monopoly is? No, thank you. Tradition is tradition.