Happy 80th birthday, Monopoly! The Kindle connection
March 19th marks the official eightieth “birthday” of the boardgame Monopoly.
I have found memories of playing it with my siblings and a grandparent (I only ever knew one grandparent).
Like many people, we made up our own version of the rules…although, we do that with a lot of things (and then scrupulously stick by them).
We said that if you landed on Free Parking, you got money…lots of people do that, but it isn’t part of the official rules.
How much money?
We primed it with $2,000, so it could never have less than that.
Then, penalties that you would pay to the bank (like luxury tax) would go into the pot instead.
This would tend to lengthen our games…as all of our rules were designed to do (we might play the same game for weeks).
There was no limit to the number of houses and hotels you could put on a property…if you could afford it, people might have to pay you quintuple rent.
We could also loan each other money…which we would tend to do.
A bit thing for us was including “immunities” in a property deal. For example, let’s say you had two of the green ones, and another player had the third. You each had one of the cheaper purple ones. We might make the deal, giving the player who had the one green card maybe two “immunities”…if they landed on a green property, they didn’t owe anything the first two times it happened. That would be in addition to the purple card…and maybe cash, depending on the cash situation.
Clearly, we weren’t the only people to value Monopoly. :)
After all, it’s still going strong after eighty years…and has come out in an amazing number of specialized editions. In addition to managing a brick and mortar bookstore, I managed a game (not gaming) store…we had a lot of boardgames, chess, yes we had fantasy gaming stuff, darts, go, mahjong, Balderdash, and so on. We had some specialized Monopoly sets, I believe.
The Kindle store has not been immune to the allure. :)
has twenty results at the time of writing.
The first result is the game itself…and it’s the active content version (not for Fire tablets, but for non-Fire Kindles).
It’s available for the following devices:
- Kindle e-Readers
- Kindle (5th Generation)
- Kindle Keyboard
- Kindle DX
- Kindle (2nd Generation)
It’s interesting to run across that, because Amazon isn’t promoting Active Content much any more…when the Voyage was released, it didn’t do it at all. I believe that’s still the case, but I probably should check.
I bought that version over four years ago. :)
After that, there are a couple of main categories of books.
One is strategy guides…how to win. Gee, but if somebody wins, isn’t the game over? That doesn’t sound like fun… ;)
Some of those guides are available through
Amazon’s $9.99 a month subser (subscription service)…you wouldn’t pay anything additional for them, over your monthly fee.
That sounds like a great use of KU. After you read a book like that once, you probably aren’t going to want to re-read it…you’ll get the tips, take them to heart, and that’s about it.
Of course, you can buy them if you want to make sure you have them in the future (books can go in and out of KU at any time).
Another category is actually one series of books on Monopoly “House Rules”.
I was curious about that, so I got a sample of the “Weird Science” one…they also have Zombie Attack!, Dungeon Adventure, Wild West, and more.
The sample, though, told me very little…which means it’s a very short work! The first page of the introduction was 70% into the book!
What was there didn’t make me especially excited to read it…for one thing, the introduction said the regular game “…seems to go on forever and becomes very boring.” Never got boring for me! I used to say to our now adult kid, “How can you be bored? You’re here.” ;)
Oh well, maybe I’ll try one of these as a KU borrow eventually.
If you are looking for something which is more substantial, perhaps as a gift for a Monopoly enthusiast, there is
The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game (The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game) by Mary Pilon
4.2 stars out of 5 | 27 customer reviews
published by Bloomsbury
This is the story of the game…and the perhaps twisted origin story. I’d be interested in that one…if it was in KU, it would go on my wishlist for that. Instead, it will go on the wishlist for me that my family uses on gift giving occasions. I’m in no hurry for it, but would like to read it…just not at $9.99.
Happy birthday, Monopoly!
Do you have any Monopoly memories? Do you read strategy guides for games? Feel free to share with me and my readers by commenting on this post.
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