The 8 Color Groups in Monopoly

  1. Dark Purple: The dogs in the game: Mediterranean and Baltic Ave..  They are the cheapest properties in Monopoly.  They only cost $120 to buy and $500 to build hotels on each.  They are not commonly landed on being right after GO (The farther a property is away from go, the more commonly it is landed on).  The one thing this group is useful for is for steady income along with a more powerful group and creating housing shortages.  You can build 8 houses on this group and prevent players with more powerful groups from buying them.  This group is good for starting out the game because it costs little to develop and will bring in steady cash throughout the game.
  2. Light Blue:  The light blue properties are Oriental, Vermont, and Connecticut.  They are one of the best groups in the game, the 2009 World Championship was won with them.  They only cost $320 to buy and $750 to develop, they are very commonly landed on even being close to GO.  If you are in-game where there is not a lot of money in play then they are great because they will be the only powerful developed group.  I have won at least 50% of the games I have played with this group.  If you are playing with a lot of players and there is a lot of money in the game, you need another group to win the game. 
  3. Light Purples/Maroons/Pinks: St. Charles Place, States, and Virgina.  This group has gone by many names, starting with Maroon when the game was created, then to light purple and recently to pink as of the last World Championship.  The group is good because it comes after jail in a commonly landed on row, but it is not so good because of the amount it cost to develop in relativity to the amount it brings in.  It costs $440 to buy and $1500 to develop.  It is an OK middle of the road group, if there are a lot of players then there is a good chance you wont win with them.  Try to shoot for something better, but if you can’t they aren’t the worst group on the board.
  4. Orange: The best group on the board. St. James Place, Tennessee, and New York.  If you get this group and have a decent amount of cash, I can almost guarantee that you will win the game.  They are far away from GO and right after jail so a person will land on them almost every trip around the board. They cost $560 to buy and $1500 to develop.  They are powerful with 3 houses and deadly with a hotel.  You want this group, don’t give it to someone unless they give you a really good deal for it.  I have won every time I have gotten this group.
  5. Reds: Another very good group.  Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.  This group requires a lot more cash to develop, but are landed on very often and with deadlier rents than the oranges.  They cost $700 to buy and $2250 to develop.  They are deadly with 3 houses so it is not completely necessary to build up to hotels.  Yous do need another source of income like cheap group or railroads.   
  6. Yellows: This is a powerhouse.  Atlantic, Ventnor, and Marvin Gardens.  This group is very deadly with 3 houses, but you need another group or railroads to have the cash to develop it.  It costs $800 to buy and $2250 to develop.  This is a great group to win in a long game. 
  7. Greens: The worst color group in Monopoly.  You need way too much cash to develop it, but with a ton of cash it can be a powerhouse.  You need $920 to buy it and $3000 to develop it.  Unless you are in a long game, you will not win with this group.  It is not very commonly landed on because it lies after the “Go to Jail” space.  I have won only 2 times with this group because I had traded for a lot of cash and had another group along with it.   
  8. Dark Blues: For some reason people think this group is good.  Park Place and Boardwalk.  It is an OK group but you have to have another group and cash to win with it.  It is not commonly landed on, but it can be the best powerhouse when developed to 3 houses.  It costs $750 to buy and $2000 to develop.  I have won a few times with it, but I had another group that did most of the work.   

December 3, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

How to Play Monopoly

Surprisingly enough, very few people know how to play the game of Monopoly correctly.  Most people play with “house rules” such as putting all penalties into free parking and when a player lands on that group, they get the money.   This rule is fine if you want to spent 20 hours playing a game of Monopoly, but for those of us who want to finish the game within 2 hours, we play without that rule.  Rules like this one keep money in the game longer so it takes longer for players to go bankrupt. These are the official rules created by the Parker Brothers that make sure your game won’t last more than 2 hours. 

The objective: To collect all the properties on the board by making all the other players go bankrupt, leaving one

The start: To start, every one gets the following bills; 2 $500, 2 $100, 2 $50, 6 $20, 5 $10, 5 $5, 5 $1.  There are 16 of each Chance and Community Chest cards , shuffled and placed on the board face down.  There are exactly 32 houses and 12 hotels in a Monopoly set, if you have to little or too many, take them out or use Legos to make more prior to game play.  Make one player the banker.  The banker should no the rules and have a good attention span so they can pay attention to the bank as well as the game.  They should be good at arithmetic.  The banker is in charge of all the activities above as well as making sure the properties are in order prior to game play.  They will hand out properties and give and take money when needed. 

The start: Everyone choses a token, if there is a fight for one, roll the dice to see who gets it.  Everyone rolls the dice and the highest number total of both dice goes first, followed by the player on his left. 

Starting: When a person lands on a property they may buy it or put it up for auction.  You can’t just skip it.  The rent of a full color group that is undeveloped is double the original rent.  You can buy houses for the amount specified.

Housing shortages: If you run out of houses during game play, you can’t make more.  That is it.  If you have 1,2 or 3 houses on a color group and there are not enough houses in the bank to build enough to get to 4 on each before building to hotels, you may not build hotels. 

Jail: You can go to jail landing on the go to jail space, getting doubles three times, or drawing a “Go to Jail” card from Chance or Community Chest.  You can pay $50 to get out of jail right away once you get in or you can roll each turn to see if you roll doubles and get out.  If you pay to get out and roll doubles to get out, you do not roll again as you would normally.  If you pay and roll doubles on the next turn, you still roll again

mortgaging: You can mortgage properties by turning them over and getting 1/2 the value for them, if you wish to unmortgage them later, you must pay the mortgage value %10 of the mortgage value.  If you trade for a mortgaged property you can unmortgage it immediately or pay %10 now and keep it mortgaged.  If you want to unmortgage it later, you must pay %10 again plus the mortgage value.   

Bankrupcy:  You can go bankrupt to a player if you have no way to pay the debt.  You can pay a debt by mortgaging properties and selling houses.  You can’t mortgage a property until it has no houses on it.  The player receiving all the properties if  you go bankrupt, you must pay %10 of the mortgage value immediately or unmortgage some or all of the properties. 


That is monopoly in a nutshell!

December 3, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

My First Blog: Monopoly!

Hi, my name is Julia and I am a 9th grade High School student.  I live in the Bay Area.  This is my first blog and I am very excited to tell the world about this topic.  I am sure every single person in the United States has heard of the game Monopoly.  You play it with your friends and family probably a few times a year.  You probably have one person in the family who is really good at the game and with beat every person in the family at the game every time.  I am that person in my family.  I am a self-proclaimed expert at the game.  I have read every book there is about the game and play at least one game a day.  Since I am not always with my family, I have gone to the internet to play the game.  I don’t want to be bragging, but I could beat almost anyone at Monopoly.  I am now here to spread my knowledge of the game with the world. 

I  started playing the game when I was 7 years old.  My grandparents tought me how to play the game, the way most people learn how to play.  We were in a beach house in Lake Tahoe at the time and the rest of the family was playing the game so I tried my hand at the game as well.  Surprisingly enough, I didn’t think much of the game the first time I played it.  At that time I was also learning how to play Texas Hold Em because I had just learned how to play that game as well because this was the poker craze and everyone was playing the game.  I enjoyed that game much more, so Monopoly was pushed aside to play poker.  

I fell in love with Monopoly when I was 12.  This is due to the fact when that my Grandpa had bought me as well as everyone else in the family The Monopoly Companion which is the book that changed my life.  This book told every strategy and tactic to winning the game.  I read the book cover to cover and couldn’t stop myself from reading it again.  To this date I have read that book over 24 times and have memorized every word.  I knew the game so well and wanted to play.  I was at my cousin’s house a week after I had read the book.  We all decided to play a game of Monopoly.  I picked up the terrier because no one had taken it yet.  That game was amazing.  I got the orange group by trading the reds and railroads for it.  My cousins had always thought the railroads were the best and thought I had made a crazy trade. They didn’t notice that I already had a lot of cash and several useless properties, 2 greens and boardwalk.  I mortgaged those instantly, having enough cash to build 3 houses on each orange property.  No one else having enough cash to develop anything,  I collect several $550 and $600 rents. Since I won that game, I have used the terrier in every game I have played since. 

 I love this game so much, and I hope everyone else reading this loves it to!

December 1, 2009. Uncategorized. 3 comments.

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