Monopoly - Board Game

Monopoly, one of the most popular Board Gqames!

Monopoly is one of the most played board games in the world, don't take our word for it, check out the Guinness Book of World Records, or the Games Magazine ‘Hall of Fame'. Basically involving the trading of properties, the game of Monopoly is named after the concept of monopolizing, which is the domination of a market by one entity. With the objective of driving the other players into bankruptcy, Monopoly is a great way to learn about playing the market, without any real risks. Controlled by a dice, the game makes use of fake money, which is kept in a ‘bank', held by one player.

Monopoly is quite an old game and its first draft dates back to the year 1904 when Elizabeth J. Maggie Phillips invented a game called the ‘Landlord's Game'. Meant to teach people the single tax theory of Henry George, the game was redeveloped by different people over the years. Only by the early 1930s, was a game called Monopoly introduced which was made by Charles Darrow and commercially sold by the Parker Brothers. Later on a controversy would arise about the actual history of the game, which according to Professor Ralph Anspach was intentionally suppressed.

Monopoly is basically a business board game which can be played by two to 20 players. Each player is given a certain amount of cash (Monopoly currency) and they have to trade properties and eventually aim at monopolizing the market. Players take turns to roll the dice and move their piece on the board accordingly. The property bought by the player earns him/her “rent” each time another player lands on their square. Every player has to pay different kinds of penalties, rents and fines during the course of the game.

The games only ends when a player goes bankrupt i.e. he runs out of money to pay the rent, fines etc. One player is given the responsibility of the bank, from where the players can mortgage the properties bought by them in order to get some cash. The properties are named according to the country where the particular game of Monopoly was manufactured from, though originally they were inspired from British streets and properties.

The actual version of Monopoly was very simple, but there are hundreds of versions in the market today. You can buy football theme, hotel theme, FIFA world cup theme, star wars theme etc. Even though, these themes put some of their own factors in their game the basic game play of Monopoly is the same. For example, in the FIFA world cup version of Monopoly, you buy football teams and stadiums instead of the standard properties.

Another option is to play the online version of Monopoly. Extremely popular among Monopoly fans, the liberties associated with this medium have been taken while making the game. So enjoy the different variations and begin your tryst with Monopoly.

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