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Old 01-17-22, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
I've found Monopoly to be more tolerable when played using official rules.
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https://www.meetup.com/Beaverton-Tab...-Board-Gamers/

One of the dozens of Portland area board and tabletop game groups on meetup; it has 1800+ members. It's a thing.

I probably carry some emotional baggage from the ruthless cutthroat family Monopoly game sessions in my youth. In retrospect, I find it interesting that in a strict Baptist household where gambling, smoking, cards, and alcohol were taboo, Monopoly was encouraged... as long as the dice didn't stray from the game far enough to be considered evil. Weird.
Monoply is either pure luck or connivance more than 2 are playing. the best game is for 4 or more players. the only strategy is to buy every property that you land on AND immediately mortgaging it thereby replenishing your cash. rents don't matter until you get a monopoly. easiest way to get a monopoly is by trading. the more prop you own the better your chance at getting a monopoly by trading. the Reds and the Yellows and the Greens are the best properties to try and monopolize. follow these rules and the game boils down to the best dice thrower
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Old 01-17-22, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
I'm always amazed at how much has been lost over time. Heck, I ask my grandkids to tell me something, anything about the Viet Nam war and they come up a total blank. None of them have a clue that cameras use to use film. So much is lost.
You and your fancy schmancy film. Before film there was a silver-plated sheet of copper treated with with iodine vapor. So much is lost (sometimes for good reason tho).
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Old 01-17-22, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
So much is lost (sometimes for good reason tho).
I think I'd have to agree.

Is there any use for Morse Code?
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Old 01-17-22, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
I think I'd have to agree.

Is there any use for Morse Code?
I thought I had heard that prisoners still use Morse Code to communicate with each other by banging on pipes and walls.
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Old 01-17-22, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Kat12 View Post
Does anyone, of any age, actually play board games anymore? I know very few people who, if I suggested it, wouldn't look at me funny and think I was odd. And these are people who would have grown up playing board games. A few people might still play them with their kids, but adults with other adults? No.
We used to play board games when everyone was living at home, it was our weekend evening after dinner thing. But as the kids grew up and got their own homes, we went to buy games for them to keep. THEY ARE SO EXPENSIVE NOW! I've got a Monopoly game set on the city I live in and it was on sale for $20. That was such a bargain, that everyone in our town bought several and from what I understand, 3 pallets were sold out in the first 2 hours. It was cute though. They used our most popular areas as properties and you can buy our legendary restaurant lol
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Old 01-17-22, 12:18 PM
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No one lost Monopoly. Itís in every Walmart. And in the toy department, even, not next to the Geritol
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Old 01-17-22, 05:58 PM
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I ride through Atlantic City, NJ, a couple of times a year and get to see the streets from the game.
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If Monopoly was anti-capitalist, it probably accomplished the opposite of what was intended; the game is more of an instruction guide to capitalism than any kind of admonishment against it. I and everyone I knew played Monopoly as a kid, it was fun, a good way to learn how to count, as well as wheeling-and-dealing with other players. You can find Monopoly here in Japan, it's very popular, and I often play with my kids and their friends.
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Old 01-18-22, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I ride through Atlantic City, NJ, a couple of times a year and get to see the streets from the game.
The best part of Atlantic City doesn't appear on the Monopoly board. James' Water Taffy, in the white cardboard barrels, Yum! Always came home from any trip to AC a winner as long as I still had a barrel Salt Water Taffy.

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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
I've found Monopoly to be more tolerable when played using official rules.
Yeah I read something once that asserted the reason Monopoly has such a bad reputation for taking too long to play is that nobody uses the actual rules. Common House Rules make it longer.

However, if you want a quicker variant, check out the card game Monopoly Deal! Our family enjoys it a lot

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Old 01-18-22, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
https://www.meetup.com/Beaverton-Tab...-Board-Gamers/

One of the dozens of Portland area board and tabletop game groups on meetup; it has 1800+ members. It's a thing.
There are definitely LOTS of adults that play board games. Sounds like you just don't know enough nerds.

Our family saw one of those meetups once when we were out for burgers at a Fuddruckers. There were probably 10-20 people playing games in small groups at different tables/booths, and a big stack of extra board games because everybody had brought a few
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Old 01-18-22, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
There are definitely LOTS of adults that play board games. Sounds like you just don't know enough nerds.

Our family saw one of those meetups once when we were out for burgers at a Fuddruckers. There were probably 10-20 people playing games in small groups at different tables/booths, and a big stack of extra board games because everybody had brought a few

Game bar/cafe near me. It has over 800 games.

https://www.thirstydice.com/
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Old 01-18-22, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
There are definitely LOTS of adults that play board games. Sounds like you just don't know enough nerds.

Our family saw one of those meetups once when we were out for burgers at a Fuddruckers. There were probably 10-20 people playing games in small groups at different tables/booths, and a big stack of extra board games because everybody had brought a few
That might be the problem, if it's only considered a "nerd" thing...
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
The contemporary Monopoly game could still be interpreted as a cautionary tale about capitalism, when played cutthroat style. There's nothing in the rules prohibiting side deals, favors to certain players, etc. The whole idea is to emulate the same cronyism that fuels unfettered capitalism.

It's always a guilty pleasure to watch the faces droop on people who think the game is pure luck, or played strictly by the rules they see in the game instructions, only to find themselves quickly relegated to crappy, unproductive properties and bankrupted by cutthroat players. I've lost a few acquaintances over cutthroat Monopoly, especially in church groups. But I'll bet a handful of them learned from those hard lessons and went on to lead their own megachurches.

I've said for years, there is only one board game: Monopoly. Everything else is either a revision of Monopoly, or a desperate and failed attempt to *not* be Monopoly.
Yeah with eight of us kids that's a whole heap ton of sibling rivalry. My mom was super strict on not allowing fighting, so it all came out in the monopoly. You are right, the game is all about the side deals and bending the rules.

And after-dark neighborhood-wide tag. Brutal.
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And after-dark neighborhood-wide tag. Brutal.
In high school I broke my nose that way
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Here's a board game from Iraq, dating to around 2,600 BC.



https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ar...60571/amp-page
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The best cutthroat Monopoly strategy is more than just buying up every property you land on. Eventually you'll need to trade to acquire a monopoly.

And a mathematical analysis of the game, done back in the 1980s, showed a higher probability of landing on certain properties -- and these weren't considered the posh properties. Usually the best strategy was quickly acquire the low rent and mid-range properties, build them up ASAP, and then worry about the high rent posh properties later as other players folded.

Whomever designed the game either lucked into this particular arrangement of properties, or had analyzed probabilities of hitting certain squares before assigning property names and values to keep it interesting.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Here's a board game from Iraq, dating to around 2,600 BC.

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ar...60571/amp-page
It would be more collectible if the box were intact
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I grew up with this book in my home. A great reference with lots of pictures.

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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
Yeah with eight of us kids that's a whole heap ton of sibling rivalry. My mom was super strict on not allowing fighting, so it all came out in the monopoly. You are right, the game is all about the side deals and bending the rules.

And after-dark neighborhood-wide tag. Brutal.
All about side deals and bending the rules.

IOW good training for real life.
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Originally Posted by zandoval View Post
Yep... I was surprised too... It was called "The Landlord's Game" and used to promote Georgism, also called in modern times geoism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Landlord%27s_Game
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgism

I guess I should feel bad about all the fun I have had playing it. But maybe not, after all I am a Military Right Wing Capitalist with Expansionist ideologies... Ha
Then you should read about the origins of the game that you had so much fun with:
https://tinyview.com/thenib/2022/01/...minist-origins
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The best part of Atlantic City doesn't appear on the Monopoly board. James' Water Taffy, in the white cardboard barrels, Yum! Always came home from any trip to AC a winner as long as I still had a barrel Salt Water Taffy.

What year was this photo taken?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
What year was this photo taken?
Aug 8, 2013.

Several other views of the same area of the Boardwalk from same day.




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Another Boardwalk picture, bicycling related.




Of course sometimes properties are improved , not by building a hotel on the property, but rather through the use of dynamite.
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