The domination of a market by a single entity.
Apparently, that’s what the game is about ~ your domination of the market. The places to ‘get’ were Park Place and Broadway because, although they cost the most, rent on the houses and hotels was also the most. They were a choice piece of real estate right next to GO and we all know real estate is all about location location location!
This is my board of choice. It’s the one I played with as a kid. It doesn’t include any inflation or debit cards or updated names for different properties. It’s plain, classic and original.
Me? I wasn’t all that interested in market domination.
- Collecting the railways. First of all, there were 4 of them and it meant that I could travel!
- Community Chest because you never knew what it was going to say and, well, there’s a treasure chest on it ~ Hello!
- Visiting the convicts in jail ~ not sure why ~ probably felt bad for them. Although the criminal was pretty scary looking, so I tried to wave hello while skirting the very edges of the board.
- Free parking because I felt like I had just won the lottery!
When I was a kid, Monopoly usually stayed in the closet. We were a busy family and it was a long game. Nobody really had the time.
But, there were these rare nights that weren’t quite bed time, but after the sun went down ~ a whopper of a storm would hit. ~ Lightening streaking through the sky and thunder crashing loud enough to shake the house. It was at those times that we would lose power. *Fingers crossed.* When the lights went out, Mom wouldn’t be doing HER thing and Dad wouldn’t be doing HIS thing and my sister wouldn’t be off doing HER thing.
The electricity would go out ~ we would huddle together ~ light the candles ~ and bring out the board games.
Monopoly. The longest game in the closet.
I would secretly hope that the power would stay out so that we could stay in this game bubble where we were all together ~ laughing ~ sharing ~ bonding.
So, to me, Monopoly wasn’t about world domination or winning the game.
It was about spending a great time with my family, collecting railroads and treasure chests and colorful money, by candlelight…
What about you? What did your family do when the power was out? What does Monopoly mean to you?