Old But New: Generals Smuggled Maps, Compasses, and Real Money to German-Held POWs Via "Monopoly" Games

I saw part of a documentary on Monopoly (available on Netflix) and they mentioned this neat bit trivia.

Someone mentioned Hogan's Heroes in a comment. So, here was some Hogan's Heroes stuff. This was kept top secret for 45 years.

The British distributor of Monopoly, by the way, was in on the espionage.

It's a story that will forever change the way you think of the phrase, "Get Out of Jail Free."

During World War II, as the number of British airmen held hostage behind enemy lines escalated, the country's secret service enlisted an unlikely partner in the ongoing war effort: The board game Monopoly.

It was the perfect accomplice.

Included in the items the German army allowed humanitarian groups to distribute in care packages to imprisoned soldiers, the game was too innocent to raise suspicion. But it was the ideal size for a top-secret escape kit that could help spring British POWs from German war camps.

The British secret service conspired with the U.K. manufacturer to stuff a compass, small metal tools, such as files, and, most importantly, a map, into cut-out compartments in the Monopoly board itself.

The British maker of Monopoly, Waddington's, turns out to have already perfected, for another industry, printing on sheets of silk. This made them especially well-positioned to make maps for would-be escapees. Military maps had to be durable, and so were often printed on silk.

Here's another bit of trivia I learned from the documentary: The game wasn't actually invented by Charles Darrow (as most believe, and when I say "most," I mean "some of the very few people who know any trivia about Monopoly at all).

It was actually invented by a Philadelphia Socialite Socialist who wanted the game to be a subversive "teachable moment" sort of thing which would demonstrate to people that property was a tool of repression and unfair and enslaving and all of that. Her idea was that the game would be sort of cruel and random. That was sort of the point of the arbitrary "Go Directly to Jail" and the cruel misfortunes, and undeserved rewards, of the Chance and Community Chest cards.

And then people would learn capitalism was evil. The game is unfair, arbitrary, impoverishing, and rigged against you, you were supposed to learn.

I'm not sure if Darrow removed or softened these elements from the game he began making (having now changed the names of the streets to, famously, the streets in Atlantic City). Or if people just decided they didn't care about the intended Lesson in Marxism and just wanted to have fun bankrupting their opponents.

One guy in this documentary pointed out that in a way this woman's socialist point remains in the game: One guy wins and has everything, and everyone else is in the poorhouse.

It kind of makes me want to play Monopoly, and for real this time. When I say "real," I mean... with trading.

When I was a kid, I never traded crap. I didn't even understand that was the main point of the game. I just wanted to go around the board and get lucky and buy Boardwalk and Park Place.

We almost never traded, ever. Ever. Like, I think it happened twice. I just could not get over the idea that if my brother wanted one of my Orange properties, I ought not to give it to him, because he certainly had malice on his mind.


Posted by: Ace at 04:19 PM



Comments

1 My late mother, a death camp survivor, was right. We should never have rebuilt Europe; just let the Russians take it.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:22 PM (vCK/R)

2 And Go to the Head of the Class was racist. Unless you draw the Affirmative Action or RACE card.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:23 PM (vCK/R)

3 3-peat!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:23 PM (vCK/R)

4 Capture the Thread!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:24 PM (vCK/R)

5 I'm an ACE!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:24 PM (vCK/R)

6
In my home, usually one player after another gets bored and slips off to fap or something. This is alsoa lesson inhow socialism works.

Posted by: spongeworthy at November 28, 2012 04:24 PM (r5w1L)

7 Pop-a-matic, pop the dice,
pop a 6 and you move twice!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:24 PM (vCK/R)

8 BALLS!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:25 PM (vCK/R)

9 It was actually invented by a Philadelphia Socialite Socialist who wanted the game to be a subversive "teachable moment" sort of thing

How much money has been made from the game?

Ha ha!

Posted by: fluffy at November 28, 2012 04:25 PM (4pSIn)

10
Military maps had to be durable, and so were often printed on silk.

I did not know that.

Posted by: soothsayer at November 28, 2012 04:25 PM (jUytm)

11 Ah Monopoly. As a kid the first Monopoly game I played was a homemade one we made from an old checkerboard we covered over.


We wold stay up all night playing that game by allowing "borrowing" from the bank.

Posted by: Vic at November 28, 2012 04:26 PM (YdQQY)

12 Those damned socialists always forget about me, until I rear my ugly head in their teachable moments.
Suck-it Marx, I win. Will to Power Baby!

Posted by: Friedrich Nietzsche at November 28, 2012 04:26 PM (YloHR)

13 Monopoly is fun if you have good concentration skills and an iron bladder. The computer versions really speed it up to the point where it's playable in one sitting.

Posted by: Truman North at November 28, 2012 04:26 PM (I2LwF)

14

Oh. Ace has a brother.

Does he have a sister?

Posted by: beach at November 28, 2012 04:27 PM (LpQbZ)

15 BALLS!

I've got a pair, too, but you don't see me waving them around.

Pull up yer dam trousers.

Posted by: fluffy at November 28, 2012 04:27 PM (4pSIn)

16 Lol! Unfortunately for the socialist it taught millions of kids how to be ruthless capitalists.

Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at November 28, 2012 04:27 PM (NzBQO)

17 I heard ace was Jewish and his brother is Ben domenech.

Posted by: Truman North at November 28, 2012 04:28 PM (I2LwF)

18 @Truman North,

Once when I was down in Honduras for a service project, the other 5 Americans and I played Monopoly every night for a week (the same ongoing game.) For whatever reason the board aligned such that we were fairly equally positioned so it just kept going back and forth until one guy finally sold all his property to another player for a dollar just to end the torture.

Posted by: tsrblke (work) at November 28, 2012 04:28 PM (YloHR)

19 Wait, no, Ben Howe

Posted by: Truman North at November 28, 2012 04:28 PM (I2LwF)

20 Atlantic City is a dump.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at November 28, 2012 04:29 PM (EgUf8)

21

It kind of makes me want to play Monopoly, and for real this time. When I say "real," I mean... with trading.

When I was a kid, I never traded crap.


I played for years before I even knew trading was in the rules.

Posted by: Comrade Arthur at November 28, 2012 04:29 PM (IH2b5)

22 I am one of the few people that actually like to play Monopoly. Scrabble, however, is a fucking awful game. Mrs. Witchfinder loves it, but I refuse to play it.

Posted by: Witchfinder at November 28, 2012 04:29 PM (pLTLS)

23
As evil and degenerate as the Nazis were, they are still several steps up the evolutionary ladder from Islamists (I would say muslims but that would be insensitive).

Posted by: ejo at November 28, 2012 04:29 PM (GXvSO)

24 That's so cool and unusual, trs!

Is Honduras live able? Belize is out, so I'm looking into other Central American countries.

Posted by: Truman North at November 28, 2012 04:29 PM (I2LwF)

25 >>>The British maker of Monopoly, Waddington's, turns out to have already perfected, for another industry, printing on sheets of silk.

I saw some old movie from the 30s about a lady spy. I think she worked for the kaiser. She designed clothes but put her secret mssges and maps on silk that you would hold up to a lamp to read.

Posted by: Walkers! at November 28, 2012 04:30 PM (TYO2p)

26 Oy. I didn't know you could trade properties either.

Is it too late?

Posted by: jeanne at November 28, 2012 04:31 PM (GdalM)

27 You could trade in Monopoly?

Knowing that would have made the game much more enjoyable.

Posted by: Dr Spank at November 28, 2012 04:31 PM (b+jI9)

28 I heard ace was Jewish and his brother is Ben domenech.
Posted by: Truman North at November 28, 2012 04:28 PM (I2LwF)


Does that make his sister Arianna Huffington; pre-huffpo/Breitbart years?

Oh, yes.

Posted by: beach at November 28, 2012 04:31 PM (LpQbZ)

29
I liked Monopoly when I was a kid but now it makes me think of that old perv Hefner. I bet none of the bunnies are allowed to beat him.

Posted by: Walkers! at November 28, 2012 04:31 PM (TYO2p)

30 I play scrabble. Mrs. North, whose vocabulary is probably 70% of mine, regularly beats me at it.

Posted by: Truman North at November 28, 2012 04:32 PM (I2LwF)

31 Speaking of secret spy stuff, a friend's father worked at the Bicycle Playing Card Co in Cincinnati. He knew I loved to collect playing cards and would give me boxes of them. I have thousands of loose Ace of Spades cards for instance. The coolest thing he gave me was a World War 2 deck that had cards that peeled apart to show a map a France for downed Airmen. The best part of the deck was it was actually an uncut test run - so it was all in one piece. I still have it.

Posted by: Witchfinder at November 28, 2012 04:32 PM (pLTLS)

32 Makes you wonder how "Risk" would have gone over with the Nazis running the Stalags

Posted by: kbdabear at November 28, 2012 04:33 PM (wwsoB)

33 I play Scrabble but my spelling is so bad I lose because my words get "challenged" so often.

Posted by: Vic at November 28, 2012 04:34 PM (YdQQY)

34 >>>Oy. I didn't know you could trade properties either.

Underneath the name "MONOPOLY" it says "The Real Estate Trading Game."

But I didn't really know either. It seemed like "cheating" or something. Plus, I knew I'd get screwed.

Vic mentions borrowing from the bank. One of the guys in this documentary said this whole idea that Monopoly takes hours and hours to play is due to these houserules, like borrowing, a free $200 if you land on Free Parking, "immunity" from rent deals, and so on.

The guy said that if you play the game by the rules, it takes two hours or less.

Here's a bit of strategy: Late in the game, when most properties are bought and now have houses, if you Go to Jail you should stay in jail as long as the rules permit (I think after three turns or something you are automatically released). The point is that at that point in the game you stand to lose a lot more by going around the board than you could possibly gain.

Posted by: ace at November 28, 2012 04:35 PM (LCRYB)

35 Atlantic City is a dump.

Bury him in the Pine Barrens.

Posted by: Nucky Thompson at November 28, 2012 04:35 PM (4pSIn)

36 Repeat from last thread:

Best scifi book to make a movie out of: Ender's Game Orson Scott Card Still one of the best scifi books. Ever.

Posted by: Prescient11 at November 28, 2012 04:35 PM (tVTLU)

37 I played Monopoly against an Occupooper once. Sumbitch landed on Free Parking and wouldn't budge

Posted by: kbdabear at November 28, 2012 04:35 PM (wwsoB)

38 Am I the only one here who would routinely for corporations during a game of monopoly?

The game got viscous once we figured out private equity.

Posted by: MMW at November 28, 2012 04:36 PM (kt/h1)

39 It kind of makes me want to play Monopoly, and for real this time. When I say "real," I mean... with trading.

When I was a kid, I never traded crap. I didn't even understand that was the main point of the game. I just wanted to go around the board and get lucky and buy Boardwalk and Park Place.

We almost never traded, ever. Ever. Like, I think it happened twice. I just could not get over the idea that if my brother wanted one of my Orange properties, I ought not to give it to him, because he certainly had malice on his mind.

****

I regularly play Monopoly on Pogo (they have several versions) and folks tend to get real pissy when I refuse to trade. The point isn't "to trade" it is to make a good trade. After all, it is a game where, at the end, someone is declared the winner.

Tip...

If you are fortunate to land on Baltic or Med (the brown spaces), buy it, and then offer whoever gets the other abut three times what it's worth. It will costs you very little. Then, buy cheap hotels and wait for it to payoff, r use it as a bargaining chip (a full set) to get another spot that you need.

And I rarely hold on to Park Place or Boardwalk. I always wait until someone lands on the other and is desperate to buy it or, better, hold out until someone trades f or buys the other spot and you'll know you have a sucker on the hook. After they cough up for the one spot, they'll pay big time for the remaining spot.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at November 28, 2012 04:36 PM (piMMO)

40 2 And Go to the Head of the Class was racist. Unless you draw the Affirmative Action or RACE card.

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You could always try my game, Two Decades Of Dignity.

You don't win, you just do a little better each time.

Posted by: Cleveland Brown at November 28, 2012 04:36 PM (e0xKF)

41 A monopoly game can be the perfect teaching present for your lib relatives this Christmas if you replace the chance cards with the ones this guy made up.

http://freenj.blogspot.com/2009/01/keynesian-monopoly.html

Posted by: Buzzsaw at November 28, 2012 04:36 PM (tf9Ne)

42 32 Makes you wonder how "Risk" would have gone over with the Nazis running the Stalags

Posted by: kbdabear at November 28, 2012 04:33 PM (wwsoB)



I know about Stalags. You just gotta grease the guards with 10% of the take. That and silk stockings for Frau Schultz... or the piano teacher in the village.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:36 PM (vCK/R)

43 stupid fucking commies. That's why a game of monopoly usually never ends.

Posted by: joeindc44 is now JFK at November 28, 2012 04:36 PM (QxSug)

44
OCCUPY MARVIN GARDENS!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:37 PM (vCK/R)

45 Well, witchfinder... There really isn't much of a market for world war 2 spy stuff right now, and it would take a lot of room up in my shop. Plus, this is Vegas, and we have lots of playing cards here. Giggle. Best i can offer you is $3.50 and a bus transfer ticket.

Posted by: Those assholes from Pawn Stars at November 28, 2012 04:37 PM (I2LwF)

46 The point is that at that point in the game you stand to lose a lot more by going around the board than you could possibly gain.

Posted by: ace at November 28, 2012 04:35 PM (LCRYB)



That's why I exist.

And, the no press conference questions rule helps a lot too.

Posted by: O-Teleprompter at November 28, 2012 04:37 PM (LpQbZ)

47
I still want to see Richard Harrow go all medieval in the end. He's taking out his 5 handguns, his shot gun, and his sniper rifle, so I assume he means business. Will he kill Gillian? Gyp? Sure hope so.

Spare the dog, please! Terrence Winter has a nasty habit of bumping off dogs in his shows.

Posted by: Walkers! at November 28, 2012 04:37 PM (TYO2p)

48 Also, stupid fucking commies: the pie (board game) in real life is not the same size, it gets bigger unless you elect a commie atheist like obama and then it gets smaller

Posted by: so joeindc44 is JFK now at November 28, 2012 04:37 PM (QxSug)

49 Is "Shenanigans" racist? I thought I read somewhere that it was.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:37 PM (vCK/R)

50 The game got viscous once we figured out private equity.

That's a snotty comment.

Posted by: fluffy at November 28, 2012 04:38 PM (4pSIn)

51 >>>I ought not to give it to him, because he certainly had malice on his mind.

A good game of monopoly can go both ways with a lot of trades and no trades. Since monopoly unlike life requires that people lose. Someone in a trade is getting a bad deal. There is no such thing as a mutually beneficial trade in Monopoly as a benefit to one party is a detriment to another.

So rationally in a two player game trades should never happen unless one side convinces themselves they are getting a better deal then they actually are. In 3 or more person games. It may make sense to not only gain a benefit but also bolster a weak player who's strengthening hurts a third stronger opponent.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose at November 28, 2012 04:38 PM (WqqJb)

52 @Truman North,
Can't tell if sarcasm?
Honduras's livability is an open question honestly. We were up in the mountains in a small town. And my highschool teacher had developed a relationship with the locals. (In part by spending copious amounts of money when we were there, but also by being nice.)
That made it substantially more livable. We got harassed once by a dude who may have been high as a kite. The police (i.e. men with guns) chased him off with...well...guns. But that was it.

Where we were there were no amenities. Dirt roads, there was plumbing but the water was undrinkable (decent for laundry and toilet flushing) except that the inlet pipes clogged when it rained (meaning water shut off until they cleared.)

There were one or two "restaurants" basically patios where people served food they cooked and what would be the equivalent of a grocery store where you could get frozen chickens (whole, but cleaned) and fresh fruits and veggies.

Copan (when we visited) was much more developed, as was Tegucigalpa, BUT I don't know about safety in those regions. Same goes for the coastal regions. (But I'm told many ex-pats have set up there, so maybe it's better.) Honduras could have revolted while we were there, and to be honest, I was so far up in the mountains we'd never have known.

Posted by: tsrblke (work) at November 28, 2012 04:38 PM (YloHR)

53 apparently the best properties to develop are the red and yellow ones (I think), the ones a bit after Jail, because people go to jail pretty often so those properties are the most landed upon.

The first ones after jail -- the orange ones, I think -- don't get landed on as much because only low rolls can hit one or two of them. It's the ones after that where the action is.

Posted by: ace at November 28, 2012 04:38 PM (LCRYB)

54 The trade/malice thing is pretty funny. I experience it as well in a different way.

Being the oldest and pretty good at games meant my siblings banded together against me. My brother and two sisters always had a trade embargo against me in Monopoly. Nobody could trade with me unless the other two agreed.

One Christmas a few years back we were playing and one of my brothers-in-law started to make a deal with me and they all started yelling at him. Was pretty funny watching him go "what the hell?"

Posted by: Zharkov at November 28, 2012 04:38 PM (aKJug)

55 and...that's why the stupid fucking commie attitude about the 1% is soooo stupid. In commie societies, the wealth isn't concentrated in the top tier of movers and shakers, but in the top one. as in one person or one party like America is now as a single party state. Tysons Corner grows while you plebes suffer.

Posted by: so joeindc44 is JFK now at November 28, 2012 04:39 PM (QxSug)

56 What I learned playing the game when I was a kid was how much I liked having money, and how much I hated not having money.

Yeah, it was arbitrary, and you knew it wasn't real money, but it still felt great to have hundreds and thousands of dollars in cold hard cash (I didn't quite appreciate the value of property and equity, but still...).

So if it was a lesson about socialism, it had the opposite effect on me.

Posted by: BurtTC at November 28, 2012 04:39 PM (BeSEI)

57 I always wanted to get the utilities and then quietly retire on my earnings...

Posted by: Walkers! at November 28, 2012 04:40 PM (TYO2p)

58 50 The game got viscous once we figured out private equity.

That's a snotty comment.
Posted by: fluffy at November 28, 2012 04:38 PM (4pSIn)


Wait until the lugubrious phase.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:40 PM (vCK/R)

59 Monopoly, 21, Checkers and Chess, yeh yeh yeh yeh

Posted by: R.E.M. at November 28, 2012 04:40 PM (wwsoB)

60 lolz, it's been so long since I played monopoly, ace's comments about strategy are like, wha...? you have strategy? Good point, get the properties near the jail. Just like in real life.

Posted by: so joeindc44 is JFK now at November 28, 2012 04:40 PM (QxSug)

61 Didn't the Nazis actually get some of their ideas about the "Final Solution" from the Islamists? I've read that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (supposedly Yassir Arafat's uncle) spent the duration of the war in Berlin, and was an adviser to Hitler...

23

As evil and degenerate as the Nazis were, they are still several
steps up the evolutionary ladder from Islamists (I would say muslims but
that would be insensitive).

Posted by: ejo at November 28, 2012 04:29 PM (GXvSO)

Posted by: Pyrocles at November 28, 2012 04:41 PM (cv5Iw)

62 The Game of Life.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:41 PM (vCK/R)

63 I have lost at Monopoly -- repeatedly -- to my 10 year-old son. I taught him that monopolizing the railroads is key to early success and makes it hard for opponents to develop their color properties. He took it to heart and once offered $1500 plus deeds to complete the red & orange monopolies (my two favorite) in exchange for the fourth railroad. I took the deal and he beat me. I'd hit those railroads every cycle and sometimes twice, but he never landed on my houses.

Posted by: Jack Squat Bupkis at November 28, 2012 04:42 PM (F3nFt)

64

The ObamaPhoneCrowd Monopoly includes only Food Stamps for bartering.

Posted by: Liberal Monopoly at November 28, 2012 04:42 PM (LpQbZ)

65 Hell, I knew this! By the way, San Francisco has turned to shit. Dirty, naked whiny libtards. Today I'd drive that Mustang on the sidewalk!

Posted by: Zombie Steve McQueen at November 28, 2012 04:42 PM (wIgpo)

66
I played Monopoly with my 2 nephews, ages 8 and 11. For the older one and myself, we implemented a 50% tax rate on any dollar collected; Pass Go, collect $200, give $100 to the government, collect rent - 50% to the government, win a beauty contest - $50 to the government. Hospital bills were covered though because health care is 'free.'

Oh, and it was $5 a roll (gas taxes), $10 on your second roll if you rolled doubles (licensing) and $20 on your third roll (emissions testing).

It was quite a soul-sucking experience. That was educational.

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at November 28, 2012 04:42 PM (AC0lD)

67 >>>lolz, it's been so long since I played monopoly, ace's comments about strategy are like, wha...? you have strategy?

well I don't have this strategy. just something I saw on TV.

My brother did seem to want those reds and yellows. I was always fixated on the blue (Boardwalk, Park Place) because they were the premiere properties.

Turns out they're bad properties-- because the "Go Directly to Jail" space is before them. So a lot of times people get diverted from them, back to the yellows and reds.

Greens are bad too.

Basically, everything I thought I knew about Monopoly was a LIE.

Posted by: ace at November 28, 2012 04:42 PM (LCRYB)

68 Ruth Hoskins is the person who took the game to Atlantic City and renamed the properties. Elizabeth Magie is the original inventor.


She was a "Georgist" which is a form of socialism involving real property and taxes.

Posted by: Vic at November 28, 2012 04:42 PM (YdQQY)

69

Were the Railroads unionized?

Posted by: Liberal Monopoly at November 28, 2012 04:43 PM (LpQbZ)

70 re: "The guy said that if you play the game by the rules, it takes two hours or less."

You can dump the board and frisbee it at somebody's throat any time.

"I'm being the hat this time. You're always the damn hat."

"Oh yeah?"

*propeller sound*

Posted by: oblig. at November 28, 2012 04:43 PM (cePv8)

71 The .. only .. way .. to ... win ... is ... not ... to ... play

Posted by: Your cousin who wants to watch the football game at November 28, 2012 04:43 PM (wwsoB)

72 Posted by: ace at November 28, 2012 04:42 PM (LCRYB)

Well i think that's part of the game. The premier properties are a trap .

Posted by: tsrblke (work) at November 28, 2012 04:43 PM (YloHR)

73 Couldn't help but think that today, the NYT would publish this info on the front page during the war, you know, as impartial observers of the passing scene and all.

Posted by: Hrothgar - L.I.B or SMOD (for the Children) at November 28, 2012 04:44 PM (Cnqmv)

74 23, 61

Arafat is a Christian, so I don't think the Grand Mufti - pig piss be upon him - was his uncle. In any case he met with Hitler on at least one occasion and agreed to have a Final Solution of the Jews in the Middle East when Hitler capture the region. He also helped form several Waffen SS divisions of Bosnian Muslims.

Ironic, considering that the Israelis were the only - ONLY - country in the entire region to accept their refugees during the Yugoslav Civil War of the 90's.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:44 PM (vCK/R)

75 I just could not get over the idea that if my brother wanted one of my Orange properties, I ought not to give it to him, because he certainly had malice on his mind.


See, I learned the opposite lesson. I learned that if my brother wanted one of my Orange properties, I ought to give it to him because otherwise he certainly had malice on his mind. I also learned that Mommy, who claims that she is not at all competitive, is Donald Fucking Trump when it comes to Monopoly.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 28, 2012 04:45 PM (VtjlW)

76 I guess Monopoly does illustrate the socialist/Marxist blind spot of believing that the size of the economic pie is fixed.

Posted by: Waterhouse at November 28, 2012 04:45 PM (QGyiB)

77 66
I played Monopoly with my 2 nephews, ages 8 and 11. For the older one and myself, we implemented a 50% tax rate on any dollar collected; Pass Go, collect $200, give $100 to the government, collect rent - 50% to the government, win a beauty contest - $50 to the government. Hospital bills were covered though because health care is 'free.'

Oh, and it was $5 a roll (gas taxes), $10 on your second roll if you rolled doubles (licensing) and $20 on your third roll (emissions testing).

It was quite a soul-sucking experience. That was educational.

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Well that's one for you and nineteen for me...

Posted by: George Harrison at November 28, 2012 04:45 PM (e0xKF)

78 This reminds me of that story about the POWs that used a smuggled game of Hungry Hungry Hippos to dig an escape tunnel.

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at November 28, 2012 04:45 PM (+lsX1)

79 50 The game got viscous once we figured out private equity.That's a snotty comment.

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ISWYDT

Posted by: Viscous Schwa at November 28, 2012 04:45 PM (FzhYM)

80 What about Baltic Avenue? Sure it was cheap but it was sure purdy.

Posted by: Walkers! at November 28, 2012 04:45 PM (TYO2p)

81

Community Chest always brought you Sandra Fluke and a box of contraceptives.

Posted by: Liberal Monopoly at November 28, 2012 04:45 PM (LpQbZ)

82 Makes me want to start playing "Government Rules" soon. After a couple of laissez-faire laps around the circuit, a government player starts "visiting properties" and "assessing taxes". Also receives all get-out-of-jail and other tax $.

Posted by: Kevin in ABQ at November 28, 2012 04:45 PM (BvTwT)

83 45 - LOL. What a great deal!

Posted by: Witchfinder at November 28, 2012 04:46 PM (pLTLS)

84 81

Community Chest always brought you Sandra Fluke and a box of contraceptives.
Posted by: Liberal Monopoly at November 28, 2012 04:45 PM (LpQbZ)


Jeez, it would take a Rachel Corrie-sized end-loader to fill in that trench.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:47 PM (vCK/R)

85
I always thought of the game as pure capitalism. So f that lady.

*thinks about making a true socialist monopoly game with everybody sharing and things going unmaintained and political corruption and starvation, nah, screw that. People like to win.*

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 28, 2012 04:47 PM (n/ubI)

86 Serious but also only a little interested. Thank you for the recap!

Posted by: Truman North at November 28, 2012 04:47 PM (I2LwF)

87 81

Community Chest always brought you Sandra Fluke and a box of contraceptives.

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Was the Chance card a trip to the free clinic afterward?

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at November 28, 2012 04:47 PM (e0xKF)

88 Cool post, Ace.

Posted by: Mindy at November 28, 2012 04:48 PM (6jLT3)

89
I don't think Arafat was Christian or if he was, he converted to Islam. I remember that his wife was Christian but converted to Islam.

Posted by: Walkers! at November 28, 2012 04:48 PM (TYO2p)

90 Was the Chance card a trip to the free clinic afterward?
Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at November 28, 2012 04:47 PM (e0xKF)



Chance was the SCoaMT playing Russian Roulette with our economy.

Posted by: Liberal Monopoly at November 28, 2012 04:49 PM (LpQbZ)

91
I didn't play Monopoly very much as a kid...but I remember thetrading up part.
My brothers weren't very good at that part.

As a kid, I was too busy doing things outside to get into board games much.
At night, we would be busy sharpening our knives, and soaking off dirty bandaids.

Posted by: wheatie at November 28, 2012 04:49 PM (CM59X)

92 Only fight I ever had with two of our best friends, was over Monopoly. I was preggers. we were at a beach house, and I was the only one not drinking (of course). My hormones were also all over the place.

I got pissed over the teasing because I had next to no properties and stomped off to bed.

We're spending this weekend at a mountain house with the same couple. May have to drag the Monopoly board along.

heh

Posted by: Jane D'oh, Life Coach at November 28, 2012 04:50 PM (UOM48)

93 Every other square should be Income Tax so everyone pays their fair share


Posted by: Barry Obullshit at November 28, 2012 04:50 PM (wwsoB)

94 @Truman North,

Eh you can never tell. I needed to mention the Honduras thing to make the story make sense, but usually people go "Oh that's good for you, you've been to a 3rd would country" which perplexes me, because the actual story is about the never ending fucking game of monopoly.

Oh, there is cable out in the mountains believe it or not. 2 different types actually! One runs Religion during the day and sports and night, the other runs raunchy comedies during the day and US sitcoms at night.

Posted by: tsrblke (work) at November 28, 2012 04:50 PM (YloHR)

95 89 Posted by: Walkers! at November 28, 2012 04:48 PM (TYO2p)


Christian or not, tell me Arafat did not look exactly like Bluto.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:50 PM (vCK/R)

96

Free Parking for all!

Posted by: Liberal Monopoly at November 28, 2012 04:50 PM (LpQbZ)

97 Just got back from some chores. Ace is trivializing us now.

Posted by: Soona at November 28, 2012 04:51 PM (WjPKH)

98 All I could find is this: After Sheikh Taissir Tamimi discovered that Arafat was buried improperly and in a coffin—which is not in accordance with Islamic law—Arafat was reburied on the morning of 13 November at around 3:00 am.[153]

Posted by: Walkers! at November 28, 2012 04:51 PM (TYO2p)

99 96

Free Parking for all!
Posted by: Liberal Monopoly at November 28, 2012 04:50 PM (LpQbZ)


Not in NYC. And there should be a Wise Guy card where it says, "Land here? Fuck you - Pay me!"

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:51 PM (vCK/R)

100 We really need a Powerball thread. I'm already spending the hell out of my win, bitches.

Posted by: Jane D'oh, Life Coach at November 28, 2012 04:51 PM (UOM48)

101 heh..

A coalition of 125 celebrity musicians, including pop singer Katy Perry, have joined forces with anti-tax advocates including Grover Norquist and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) to oppose an intellectual property "reform" bill that critics charge expands government to the detriment of the free market.
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I thought Norquist was evil incarnate to these folks. Hurts when it cuts into your bank account there toots.

Posted by: RWC at November 28, 2012 04:51 PM (fWAjv)

102 This was kept top secret for 45 years.

A lot of the methods are still classified, in case they have to use them again.

A lot of the info on D-Day is still classified, too. Makes you wonder what they did that we don't know about.

Posted by: Llarry at November 28, 2012 04:52 PM (8iupn)

103 I've already won the game, so I'm really cool with paying a few bucks more in taxes

Posted by: Warren Buffett at November 28, 2012 04:52 PM (wwsoB)

104 Come to think of it (that is a very weird expression if you mess with the context), the US Government/Dem Party should have as it's motto:

"FUCK YOU - PAY ME!"

Can anyone give me that in Latin on a nice disc?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:53 PM (vCK/R)

105 >>>It was actually invented by a Philadelphia Socialite Socialist who wanted the game to be a subversive "teachable moment" sort of thing which would demonstrate to people that property was a tool of repression



The huge problem for socialists and why the game fails to meet their goals. The game allows for too much choice, winning stratagies win. Bad luck can be made up for with schrewdness and a solid plan. No amount of randomly distributed luck however will make up for a bad plan while playing. When little johnny plays daddy whom wins over and over again despite the seemingly random nature of the game, little johnny figures out it isn't the dice beating him, it's the superior game playing of his father and forever will internalize that winning, even in games that superficially look to be a game of chance, is more about skill than luck.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Is Shrugging at November 28, 2012 04:54 PM (TRNea)

106 102 A lot of the info on D-Day is still classified, too. Makes you wonder what they did that we don't know about.
Posted by: Llarry at November 28, 2012 04:52 PM (8iupn)

I have a feeling the casualties are significantly higher than reported. That may be the secret.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:54 PM (vCK/R)

107 Never allow out of game trades, unless your playing with drunk coeds at an all girl school.

Posted by: Jean at November 28, 2012 04:55 PM (g2ldK)

108 Not in NYC. And there should be a Wise Guy card where it says, "Land here? Fuck you - Pay me!"

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"You have an opposing crew's made man in your trunk and must dispose of the body.

Lose 1 turn."

Posted by: Henry Hill at November 28, 2012 04:55 PM (e0xKF)

109 My new game is ObamaCare. The way you win is by dying last. Every time you pass Go, you find out what is in it.

Each game comes with a cheap katana, and instructions on DIY seppeku.

Posted by: GnuBreed at November 28, 2012 04:55 PM (ccXZP)

110 If you're playing Monopoly against Christina Hendricks, Kate Upton, and Denise Milani, how do you figure out a way to make the game even longer?

Posted by: kbdabear at November 28, 2012 04:55 PM (wwsoB)

111 I guess Monopoly does illustrate the socialist/Marxist blind spot of believing that the size of the economic pie is fixed.
Posted by: Waterhouse at November 28, 2012 04:45 PM (QGyiB)


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Au contrare, mon freier. I've never been in a monopoly game where the bank went completely bust.

Posted by: Soona at November 28, 2012 04:56 PM (WjPKH)

112 I have a feeling the casualties are significantly higher than reported. That may be the secret.

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Certainly believable at Omaha and on the 101st Airborne guys who got scattered around Normandy.

Less so when it comes to the other beaches like Utah which were taken with much less bloodshed.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at November 28, 2012 04:56 PM (e0xKF)

113 >>>100 We really need a Powerball thread. I'm already spending the hell out of my win, bitches.
Posted by: Jane D'oh,

They don't allow Powerball in CA.

They have MegaMillions and someone won the 40 mil jackpot last nite.

Posted by: Walkers! at November 28, 2012 04:56 PM (TYO2p)

114 Another good board game was called 'Public Assistance'. But it did not exist during WWII and played no known role in anything related to POW affairs.

Posted by: RioBravo at November 28, 2012 04:56 PM (eEfYn)

115 One Christmas a few years back we were playing and one of my brothers-in-law started to make a deal with me and they all started yelling at him. Was pretty funny watching him go "what the hell?"
Posted by: Zharkov at November 28, 2012 04:38 PM (aKJug)



I've seen prospective games of Monopoly descend into screaming matches before the start of the game when the discussion of whose house rules are going to be used begins.


Other life lessons Monopoly taught me: Never ever ever let my brother, the cheating bastard, be the banker as he will skim the money when others aren't watching, put it under the board and then supplement his funds.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 28, 2012 04:57 PM (VtjlW)

116
We always had 'Free Parking' as a lottery square. $500 in the middle and all money collected by Chance and Community Chest cards (except house repairs) went into the middle. When you landed on the square, you got the money.

Except in the 'government' version, 50% went to the government.

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at November 28, 2012 04:57 PM (AC0lD)

117 108 "You have an opposing crew's made man in your trunk and must dispose of the body.

Lose 1 turn."
Posted by: Henry Hill at November 28, 2012 04:55 PM (e0xKF)


Find out insane, ultra-violent friend got whacked. Destroy phone booth and pay Paulie Cicero tribute.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:57 PM (vCK/R)

118 Based on the amount of strategy you all have demonstrated on this thread, I would be very interests in playing monopoly with y'all.

Posted by: Truman North at November 28, 2012 04:57 PM (I2LwF)

119 100 We really need a Powerball thread. I'm already spending the hell out of my win, bitches.

Posted by: Jane D'oh, Life Coach at November 28, 2012 04:51 PM (UOM4


Probably more entertaining than going to a movie, anyway. And cheaper (depending on how many tickets you buy).

You can actually fantasize about spending the winnings without buying a ticket, and your odds of winning aren't much different.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at November 28, 2012 04:57 PM (bxiXv)

120 A truly socialist monopoly game would probably have to be three-dimensional, where people at the top get more perks than people at the bottom.

“You have a broken leg. If you are a member of the party, spend time in the hospital. If not, get it lopped off and spend twice as much time on each property.”

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at November 28, 2012 04:58 PM (QF8uk)

121 108
Posted by: Henry Hill at November 28, 2012 04:55 PM (e0xKF)


Henry, in all seriousness, I just remembered getting a Godfather board game as a birthday present shortly after the film came out. Long gone in some landfill, appropriately enough.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 04:58 PM (vCK/R)

122 There is no such thing as a mutually beneficial trade in Monopoly as a benefit to one party is a detriment to another.

$ wise yes, but you have to trade to escalate prices enough to finish the game during somebodies luck run. And it doesn't take a lot of Monopoly to get to the point that finishing is the benefit.

Posted by: DaveA at November 28, 2012 04:58 PM (Xefrb)

123 Posted by: Those assholes from Pawn Stars at November 28, 2012 04:37 PM (I2LwF)

I've gotten the urge to buy something cool, just so I can go in there and rip them a new one when they tried to low ball me.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Is Shrugging at November 28, 2012 04:58 PM (TRNea)

124 Other life lessons Monopoly taught me: Never ever ever let my brother, the cheating bastard, be the banker as he will skim the money when others aren't watching, put it under the board and then supplement his funds.

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One of my friends from high school used to do shit like that when we'd play spades in the student center during breaks, as he'd deal from the bottom of the deck or "accidentally" show the bottom card to his partner to let him know he had the ace of spades.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at November 28, 2012 04:58 PM (e0xKF)

125 Never ever ever let my brother, the cheating bastard, be the banker as he will skim the money when others aren't watching, put it under the board and then supplement his funds.
Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 28, 2012 04:57 PM (VtjlW)

That's the bankers salary for doing all the work!

Posted by: RWC at November 28, 2012 04:59 PM (fWAjv)

126 Henry, in all seriousness, I just remembered getting a Godfather board game as a birthday present shortly after the film came out. Long gone in some landfill, appropriately enough.

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I guess that makes it a communion rather than a confirmation.

Posted by: Cross DeLena at November 28, 2012 04:59 PM (e0xKF)

127
Poor Henry Hill went to that big Air France Terminal in the sky this year. I probably shouldn't refer to him as poor Henry. He was an asshole.

Posted by: Walkers! at November 28, 2012 04:59 PM (TYO2p)

128 Hey Billy, you been away for a while so maybe you hadn't heard. I ain't the shoe anymore, I'm the race car

Posted by: Tommy DeVito at November 28, 2012 04:59 PM (wwsoB)

129 A.). I don't care about this topic. Now you know that.

B.) I don't approve of smutty games like Monopoly.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at November 28, 2012 05:00 PM (u6Ixe)

130
The black lab gets free rent. The Chihuahua gets to cross outside the game borders to take advantage of money from chutes and ladders. The Chow and the Shar-pei have to pay double rent but automatically own all the utilities.

We really could make a PC game. It wouldn't be fun though.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 28, 2012 05:00 PM (n/ubI)

131 The great equalizer in Monopoly is the auction. Sure the green properties suck, but for $100 they aren't so bad. Always play that an unpurchased property must be sold at auction if the player who landed there first refuses to buy. It puts a deep discount on the greens and makes for some interesting bidding on the railroads.

Posted by: Jack Squat Bupkis at November 28, 2012 05:00 PM (F3nFt)

132 Based on the amount of strategy you all have demonstrated on this thread, I would be very interests in playing monopoly with y'all.

You can go a long way by rolling a pair of sixes. You go further with a pair of sixes and a gun.

Posted by: Al Capone at November 28, 2012 05:00 PM (4pSIn)

133 127
Poor Henry Hill went to that big Air France Terminal in the sky this year. I probably shouldn't refer to him as poor Henry. He was an asshole.

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Asshole, yes, but a gifted storyteller.

His stories are responsible for two of my favorite films... Goodfellas and My Blue Heaven.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at November 28, 2012 05:00 PM (e0xKF)

134 10 Military maps had to be durable, and so were often printed on silk.

And sewn in flyers jackets. Some maps are still available at army/navy surplus stores.

Posted by: rickb223 Let. It. Burn. at November 28, 2012 05:01 PM (GFM2b)

135 128 Hey Billy, you been away for a while so maybe you hadn't heard. I ain't the shoe anymore, I'm the race car

Posted by: Tommy DeVito at November 28, 2012 04:59 PM (wwsoB)


"Fuck up your own name. Go get shine box and pay $200 tribute and a round of drinks for the mooks at the bar."

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 05:01 PM (vCK/R)

136 128

Tommy De Simone

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 05:01 PM (vCK/R)

137 Ah,. Monopoly. I detest that game to this day.

My sisters and I would play it but it always ended up in a big fight. This was chiefly because one sister would HIDE properties and try to sneak them into her stack when enough time had elapsed that she thought we wouldn't remember she hadn't bought it. This sister is, of course, a democrat.

Also, do not EVER play couples monopoly, especially when it is the wives against the husbands. I got roped into this as a poor military wife and it ended up in a big fight with everyone mad.

I don't even like antique Monopoy games. Gives me the shivers to look at them.

Posted by: Miss Marple at November 28, 2012 05:01 PM (GoIUi)

138 >> If you're playing Monopoly against Christina Hendricks, Kate Upton, and
Denise Milani, how do you figure out a way to make the game even longer?

Strip Monopoly. If nothing else, it would make me longer.

Posted by: GnuBreed at November 28, 2012 05:02 PM (ccXZP)

139 When we played Monopoly as kids, we always played that any type of "fine" (for instance, paying $75 to get out of jail) went into a separate pot. Then, the first person to hit Free PArking got what was in the pot. I was probably in my twenties before I learned that was NOT a standard rule!

Another game I used to love playing way back when was called "Civil War". It was kind of like Risk, but of course was about the American Civil War. You had railroad lines that could move troops faster, and ships. And the Confederacy had a smaller army. Wish I still had that...

Posted by: Tex Lovera at November 28, 2012 05:02 PM (wtvvX)

140 Stratego.

I loved yelling as loudly as I could - BOMB!!!! - whenever my brother moved his piece there.

Of course it was a #8 miner so I looked like a total schmuck. Still do.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 05:04 PM (vCK/R)

141 One of my friends from high school used to do shit like that when we'd play spades in the student center during breaks, as he'd deal from the bottom of the deck or "accidentally" show the bottom card to his partner to let him know he had the ace of spades.
Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at November 28, 2012 04:58 PM (e0xKF)



Once upon a time while I was in law school, I was playing nickel poker with the Good Ex BF, another good friend of ours and four other people. I had mentioned a few times before we began playing that the Good Ex BF was a magician specializing in card tricks. Despite this, it took over two hours of play and for the piles of nickels in front of me and the Good Ex BF to get rather large, before my friend finally pointed out to the patsies that hey maybe the guy who does card tricks shouldn't be the dealer. They whined and whined about how unfair it was and I pointed out that hey I told them so.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 28, 2012 05:05 PM (VtjlW)

142
129 A.). I don't care about this topic. Now you know that.

B.) I don't approve of smutty games like Monopoly.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at November 28, 2012 05:00 PM (u6Ixe)

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What about Strip Poker?

Posted by: wheatie at November 28, 2012 05:05 PM (CM59X)

143 A.). I don't care about this topic. Now you know that. B.) I don't approve of smutty games like Monopoly.
Posted by: Empire of Jeff at November 28, 2012 05:00 PM (u6Ixe)


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Agree. The sexual overtones of this game are overwhelming. Whoever gets the money, gets the pussy. I hate that.

Posted by: Soona at November 28, 2012 05:06 PM (WjPKH)

144 Spin the Bottle.


Okay, did I really go there?

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 05:06 PM (vCK/R)

145 I like Risk better.

Posted by: toby928© says The Ukraine is weak at November 28, 2012 05:07 PM (evdj2)

146 >>>When we played Monopoly as kids, we always played that any type of "fine" (for instance, paying $75 to get out of jail)

When I teach my kid to play we are going to have a house rule. The guy with the most money has to pay a third the rents from the poorest guy. This lasts for one whole trip around the board when one crosses GO as the richest player. Multiple players can be under this penalty (For having crossed GO as the richest) at the same time.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Is Shrugging at November 28, 2012 05:07 PM (TRNea)

147 When we played Monopoly as kids, we always played that any type of "fine" (for instance, paying $75 to get out of jail) went into a separate pot. Then, the first person to hit Free PArking got what was in the pot. I was probably in my twenties before I learned that was NOT a standard rule!


I think everyone I know plays using that rule.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 28, 2012 05:08 PM (VtjlW)

148 What's wrong with trading? Makes the game a lot more strategic.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 28, 2012 05:09 PM (HDgX3)

149 Monopoly has always been one of my favorite games and when I was in college we used to play for shots. The best games occurred when I was at work and we would bring home made Hurricanes in sports bottles. I typically worked nights in the basement of the LSU library (Government Documents and Microforms) and nobody ever went down there.

One of my friends from high school used to do shit like that when we'd play spades in the student center during breaks, as he'd deal from the bottom of the deck or "accidentally" show the bottom card to his partner to let him know he had the ace of spades.
My college roommate and I would play Spades on Yahoo when we lived in the LSU dorms. Our computers sat 6 feet away from each other and we would dominate everyone since we blatantly cheated. Good times.

Posted by: Colonel Pooteh at November 28, 2012 05:09 PM (FEDb1)

150 @74 Arafat NOT Christian... To the best of my knowledge, this was Arafat's real name: Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini. His grandfather, Sayed Dawood al-Qudwa, was Naqeeb al-Ashraf from 1883 until, I believe, 1911. Ya gotta be descended to be a flippin' Naqeeb!
Jus' sayin', is all.

Posted by: Thorvald at November 28, 2012 05:09 PM (1V6Pv)

151 136
128



Tommy De Simone

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 05:01 PM

Tommy DeSimone was the real wise guy that Joe Pesci's character was based on. There were a few other differences between DeVito and DeSimone

1. DeVito was very short, DeSimone was over 6 ft tall
2. DeVito was Hill's age, DeSimone was 7 years younger
3. The real Paulie detested DeSimone and wouldn't allow him anywhere around him

Paulie Cicero was based on Genovese underboss Paulie Vario

Jimmy Conway was based on Jimmy the Gent Burke

Maury Kessler was based on Marty Krugman

Posted by: kbdabear at November 28, 2012 05:09 PM (wwsoB)

152 150 Posted by: Thorvald at November 28, 2012 05:09 PM (1V6Pv)


There animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 05:10 PM (vCK/R)

153 My college roommate and I would play Spades on Yahoo when we lived in the LSU dorms. Our computers sat 6 feet away from each other and we would dominate everyone since we blatantly cheated. Good times.

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Your roommate didn't happen to be an LSU football player who is now a forensic accountant, did he?

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at November 28, 2012 05:11 PM (e0xKF)

154 152 THEY'RE...

sheesh

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at November 28, 2012 05:12 PM (vCK/R)

155 >>>They whined and whined about how unfair it was and I pointed out that hey I told them so.

What you said was that he was good at manipulating cards. You didn't tell them that he fully intended to cheat if he could get away with it.

So basically what you've told me is you are more than willing to enter into a good faith agreement (and sitting down to play poker for real money is a good faith agreement that no one will cheat even if they can get away with it) and then cheat for monetary gain.

We all have the abilities to do immoral things. Warning other that we have that ability is not an excuse for then going forward and doing those immoral things.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Is Shrugging at November 28, 2012 05:14 PM (TRNea)

156 Kids got bored with Monopoly early.... but we used to have some EPIC Risk games...

But it would always end up with My Daughter and her friend teaming up... so me and my Son would have to team up....

But it was the Card game "Call of Cthulu" that really got the kids rev'd up... LOL

Posted by: Romeo13 at November 28, 2012 05:15 PM (lZBBB)

157 Posted by: kbdabear at November 28, 2012 05:09 PM (wwsoB)

Annndddd... this whole thing led to some of the Danny DeVito Jokes in the 'Get Shorty' movies...

Posted by: Romeo13 at November 28, 2012 05:17 PM (lZBBB)

158 I was an original Magic nerd.

Posted by: Truman North at November 28, 2012 05:17 PM (I2LwF)

159 Your roommate didn't happen to be an LSU football player who is now a forensic accountant, did he?

No. He's a Major with the USAF Honor Guard, we were there from 03-08

Posted by: Colonel Pooteh at November 28, 2012 05:20 PM (FEDb1)

160 Last time I played Monopoly with the kids, I had to explain that the utilities weren't the Government, sigh.

I'm looking for copy of the game "Blood Royale" and a set of the old Risk roman numeral game pieces, don't know if there are any true geeks here.

Posted by: Jean at November 28, 2012 05:21 PM (hrAg/)

161 The little rich guy with the moustache and the spats on the "Get Out of Jail Free" card?

He was a real guy, control a third of the country's electrical generation his Chicago HQ during the 20's. He started out as Thomas Edison's personal secretary. His wife and opera house was the basis for those scenes in "Citizen Kane."

FDR promised to put him behind bars during the '32 campaign.

Samuel Insul was his name.

True story.

Posted by: Whitehall at November 28, 2012 05:24 PM (FmPSC)

162 >>>he great equalizer in Monopoly is the auction. Sure the green properties suck, but for $100 they aren't so bad. Always play that an unpurchased property must be sold at auction if the player who landed there first refuses to buy. It puts a deep discount on the greens and makes for some interesting bidding on the railroads.

is that a real rule or an optional rule?

I remember I came across that at some point and was shocked by it-- I had no idea. We never did that. If you didn't buy, you didn't buy. it just sat there.

I don't think anyone has actually read the rules of Monopoly!!! That's why the games last so long.

Posted by: ace at November 28, 2012 05:50 PM (LCRYB)

163 The Game of Life has a similar backstory. Milton Bradley created it in the 1860s because he was bitter and depressed about... get this... Abe Lincoln growing a beard.
Bradley was a lithographer, and had come to count on making a killing when a new President was elected. He'd always sell tons of photos of the new President.
Well, shortly after the 1860 election, Lincolngot a letter from a little girl telling him he should grow a beard. He took her advice, and now all those photos of the new President that Bradley had printed up were out of date. Nobody wanted them anymore. Bradley lost a lot of money as a result.
So, Bradley got the idea for a depressing board game where you were some poor schlub trying to make your way in a world where half the squares would financially ruin you, or kill you, or otherwise leave you hosed. That was justhowhe felt about life right then; he saw it all as a big crapshoot where most people lost.
As living conditions in general improved, the game gradually lightened up and became what it is today.

Posted by: Eddie Willers at November 28, 2012 05:59 PM (bRdb3)

164 Never trade away an Orange property.

He who controls Orange controls the universe.

Posted by: Not Ready To Unsock at November 28, 2012 06:11 PM (BgIBZ)

165 BTW ace jail is followed by purp then orange.

Orange is the best because people get sent to jail all the time and when they get out you've got them on a six, eight, or nine, i.e. ~40% chance they hit Orange. Every time. They're also cheap to develop.

Posted by: Not Ready To Unsock at November 28, 2012 06:18 PM (BgIBZ)

166 We'll need to resurrect this kind of trade-craft when the reeducation camps open up.

Posted by: @PurpAv at November 28, 2012 06:23 PM (Anjf+)

167
It was actually invented by a Philadelphia Socialite Socialist who wanted the game to be a subversive "teachable moment" sort of thing which would demonstrate to people that property was a tool of repression

I believe the original name was the "Landlord" game

Posted by: kj at November 28, 2012 06:42 PM (fAXyw)

168 is that a real rule or an optional rule?

I remember I came across that at some point and was shocked by it-- I had no idea. We never did that. If you didn't buy, you didn't buy. it just sat there.

I don't think anyone has actually read the rules of Monopoly!!! That's why the games last so long.
Posted by: ace at November 28, 2012 05:50 PM (LCRYB)

It's a real rule. It's in our Classic Monopoly rules copyright 2007. The auction (plus trading) really moves the game along. Forget all that sh** about putting money in Free Parking. That just slows it down.

Posted by: Jack Squat Bupkis at November 28, 2012 06:47 PM (F3nFt)

169 ace had a brother?

Posted by: no name at November 28, 2012 07:17 PM (WaR6/)

170 To be fair, monopoly is a generally random and vicious game. And I say that as someone who at the age of 10 was arguing percentages, percentages I would pay to help develop this co monopoly, and percentages of the rent I would collect. If you want to play this sort of game today I'd suggest going for a different title.

Anyone else ever play Junta? You run one of the major factions in a banana republic in order to divert the most foreign aid money into your Swiss bank account. It's exactly as cynical as it sounds. It can be a blast to play, but really works best if you have exactly seven people.

Posted by: Havoc Jack at November 28, 2012 07:43 PM (oasY7)

171 I played Monopoly on Thanksgiving with my family. My nephew wiped everyone else out. I never knew the guy could be so ruthless.

I kill at Scrabble; frequently it's because my family has a tendency to make up words when they get desperate and hope nobody will challenge them. I always raise the b.s. flag.

Of course, if you find yourself with 7 vowels, or a Q without a U (and nobody puts a U where you can use it), you're screwed.

Posted by: Donna V. at November 28, 2012 07:59 PM (BStAJ)

172 Never trade away an Orange property. He who controls Orange controls the universe. Posted by: Not Ready To Unsock at November 28, 2012 06:11 PM (BgIBZ)

Yep. Found that out the hard way. And don't set your sights on Boardwalk and Park Place. You can sink money into buying houses and hotels for them- and then nobody seems to land on the damn things.

Then you land on an orange with a hotel - and you're mortgaging off Broadwalk and Park Place or trading them away or exempting the owner of the Orange properties from rent. And of course, as soon as you exempt someone from paying rent, then they'll start landing on your properties all the time.

Another thing - don't bother with the utilities - they don't bring in much of anything.

This is the voice of bitter experience talking.

Posted by: Donna V. at November 28, 2012 08:08 PM (BStAJ)

173 Railroads, baby. If you can gather 3 of the 4 railroads before anyone has a color monopoly, you've got 'em. Trade like a motherfu**** for that last railroad ... it won't matter, because nobody can develop their color properties fast enough to beat your railroads.

The Cmmty Chest and Chance cards directing player to nearest railroad are double deadly. One, they increase the odds of landing on a railroad, and two, they diminish the odds of landing on a color property as it's passed over for the next railroad. Then you get the cards directing you to nearest railroad at 2X the rent!

Posted by: Jack Squat Bupkis at November 28, 2012 08:41 PM (F3nFt)

174 Saw that on the History channel a couple years ago. try to keep up.

Posted by: bad guy at November 28, 2012 10:25 PM (9Yg1a)

175
A site folks here might find of interest:
www.boardgamegeek.com
Details about thousandsof board and card games, with photos, reviews and after-action reports.
Allot some time however -- it will suck it up.

Posted by: DJSchiff at November 29, 2012 04:06 AM (IECXz)

176 Never play with Europeans. They form co-ops. They forgive each other's rent to defeat everybody outside the co-op.

Posted by: Chris Balsz at November 29, 2012 12:32 PM (3GtyG)

177 Fascinating article and information on the POW plan and the origin of the game. If the game was invented to create a distaste for business, it certainly failed to do so with me; quite the opposite.
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Chris - great observation on Europeans.!

Posted by: I'd rather be surfin at December 01, 2012 07:47 PM (OTWsz)






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