Monopoly Board Games

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American woman Lizzie J. Magie Phillips in 1904 created an interesting board game in order to explain Henry George’s “single tax” theory. She intended to illustrate and describe all the negative effects of keeping all the land in private monopolies. The Landlord’s Game was the name of Lizzie’s game and in 1924 it was commercially published. The game was later named “Monopoly”  after the economic concept of the single entity dominating a market and it was published by Parker Brothers, a subsidiary of Hasbro. The board consist of 40 spaces containing 28 property spaces, 3 spaces of Chance, 3 spaces of Community Chest, a space for an Income Tax, Luxury Tax and 4 corner squares: Go, Go to Jail, (In) Jail/Just Visiting and Free Parking. Before buying or ordering this popular game, it is recommended to check out some guide to Monopoly board games, because there are many variants of the actual Monopoly game.

Luck is a strong element involved in playing Monopoly, as well as other board games, but there are also useful strategic tips that can help the player to win. It is good to pick up available property spaces if other players do not own one of the same group or it would block opponent player to complete a set or, of course, if that property space completes your own set. Comparing to utilities, it is better to own railroads, but Short Line railroad is the least visited one, so it is the least useful one to be owned. Early in the game, when property spaces are free, it is better to pay money to get out of the jail as quickly as possible. Later in game, when all available spaces are in someone’s property, it is even better to stay in jail, because moving around the board can be quite dangerous.

Because of the popularity of this wonderful and exciting game, there are even variants of Monopoly released in computer game formats. Also, there are several spin-offs of Monopoly, not in addition, but in the flavor of Monopoly.

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