I love my grandchildren dearly and will do almost anything for them, but I cannot play Monopoly with them or with anyone else, for that matter. The game drives me mad and always has. I forced myself to play with my children when they were growing up back before the game boards had airlines and money was handled via credit cards. We took rides on the Reading Railroad back then and there was no space ship game piece.
By the time the money was counted out and divided, I was already in a bad mood. Thirty minutes into the game, we hadn’t even started down Baltic Avenue. We were still counting money and dropping it off the table and mixing it up with other players’ money. Experts recommend family nights around various board games to knit a family together. I’m not so sure the plan is a sound one because I suffered mightily from playing Monopoly as I struggled to raise my children.
Parker Brothers first published Monopoly, which is based on the economic concept of monopoly or one entity’s dominating a market. Now Hasbro publishes the game in which players work their way around the board buying and/or trading properties, developing them with houses and hotels, and then collecting rent as they try to drive their opponents into bankruptcy. What a concept to teach children! Do whatever is necessary to shove your opponent under financially. The only way the game could be worse would be if there were a suicide card.
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