Top Ten Things Not to Do at the First Monopoly Game in 1933

 

Top Ten Things Not to Do

This week marks the 87th anniversary of the invention of the board game Monopoly. The Game was developed based on a 1904 patent by Lizzy Magie for a game called The Landlord’s Game. This game was played one evening in 1932 Charles Todd, and his wife hosted Esther Jones and her husband Charles Darrow for dinner. After dinner, the couples played The Landlord’s Game. After that night, Darrow went on to distribute the game himself as Monopoly. Parker Brothers bought the copyrights from Darrow, and the game was distributed throughout the US and eventually the world.

It would be fun to go to that first game. Of course, itis imperative that we take a list of things not to do so that we don’t inadvertently cause a problem in the time continuum.

Top Ten Things Not to Do at the First Monopoly Game in 1933.

10 In the first game, do not try to convince everyone that Free Parking should have a payoff. If you do, at best, someone will remind you of the real rules. At worst, you will convince them to put all the fines in the middle to be collected by whoever lands on free parking. (Why is that so bad, Kirk? Since you have landed on free parking six times, you tell me. I think your fellow players want to see you outside.)

9 In the first game, do not ask Tiny the WWF champ if he wants to trade his Boardwalk for your Baltic Avenue. If you do, at best, Tiny will think you are joking. At worst, Tiny has not attended his “scammed victims” support group for two sessions. (You see, Keanu, Tiny was scammed out of some stock and lost his life savings. He is in no mood to have that feeling repeated in a game. Yes, you are feeling the pressure of Tiny’s hands on your head. I would say, “Just kidding,” as soon as you can speak. Maybe you need to find a pencil and paper to write it out.)

8 In the first game, if you are the banker, do not forget to pay $200 when a person passes “Go.” If you do, at best, the person will remind you. At worst, the person thinks you are trying to cheat them out of their pay. (Now we have a situation, Keenan. Of course, you didn’t try to trick them on purpose, but it is tough to explain that $200 up your sleeve. Maybe a real $5 bill will help soothe feelings.)

7 In the first game, do not try to figure out whether it is cheaper to pay the income tax of $200 or 10% of your holdings. If you do, at best, you are playing with folks who have the patience of Job. At worst, you are performing with a pack of impatient twenty-somethings. (By the time you figure out your move, Kipp, all the rest of the players have moved on to playing ragtime records and drinking bathtub gin.)

6 In the first game, do not buy everything you land on with no rhyme or reason. If you do, at best, you’ll go broke. At worst, you have prevented anyone else from getting a monopoly, and the game will grind on for weeks. (No, you can’t have food and water, Koby. This was your fault, and you are lucky your game participants let you visit the facilities. Oh, wait, they are discussing that subject again.)

5 In the first game, do not insist on using your favorite token. If you do, at best, no one will care. At worst, that big guy across from you is not interested in giving up the car. (I think I would go ahead and use the iron, Kane. After all, the better part of valor is letting go. The worst part of valor is getting punched in the face.)

4 In the first game, do not laugh fiendishly when an opponent lands on Boardwalk, which you own along with a hotel. If you do, at best, they have the money to pay up. At worst, they don’t have the money and no desire to negotiate. (See there, Kiran. Your fiendish laugh, along with you wringing your hands, has caused your opponent to quit. You could have taken payment in properties by nooooo. Now the game is over.)

3 In the first game, do not think rolling doubles three times won’t land you in jail. If you do, at best, your fellow players will call you on the rules. At worst, your opponents will think you are trying to get away with something and will watch your every move from here on out. (Trying to sneak that Get Out of Jail Free card from the deck will end in disaster, Killian. You may even land in a real jail.)

2 In the first game, do not try to miscount the dice roll, especially if you are going to land on “Go to Jail.” if you do, at best, everyone will be talking and missed the fact. At worst, the guy with the most amount of money has called you out. (What are you going to do now, Karim? You’ve been caught, and by the looks of the guy, he has a less than zero sense of humor.

1 In the first game, do not throw the dice before your opponent has finished their move. If you do, at best, your apology will be accepted. At worst, Earth Quake Muldoon (Your opponent) has decided that you were doing that to rattle him. (I hope you can finish the game from that position, Kellan. I know it will be difficult trying to roll the dice with your feet. That’s gotta hurt right?)

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  1. Destroying families and friendships for nearly 100 years.

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    1. Hahahaha. Would be a good marketing line. Thanks, Charles.

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    2. Ha ha! So true.

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  2. Oh, John, I’m in trouble. I play Monopoly with our daughter Faith, a.k.a. The Queen of Free Parking. I always buy Baltic and Mediterranean and I’ve been accused of (accidentally) commingling the Bank’s money with my own.

    This was fun, but when this journey becomes available, I might have to pass. The keepers of the continuum will thank me.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. We love free parking windfalls as well. I wish I had thought of co-mingling money. Thant would have been the cause of a shootout. 😀

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      1. I have never escaped the damage to my reputation. I lost the game, but still…

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      2. I imagine Faith brings it up each time you play.

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      3. Faith and The Editor. “Watch him, he cheats…” and like that.

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      4. Oh, the horror.

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  3. What Charles said applies to our family. We’re pretty competitive, lol.

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    1. Hahaha. I think most are. I remember playing the Game of Life and daughter stared crying when she pulled the trailer card as a home. 😁

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      1. I know that card. Definitely underwhelming.

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  4. “In the first game, do not laugh fiendishly when an opponent lands on Boardwalk, which you own along with a hotel.” Oh man, that’s the funniest part! Great list, John. I enjoyed learning more about the history, too! Happy Monday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. It was fun taking a look at Monopoly history. Glad you liked it.

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  5. I never became a real-estate investor because I never won a game of Monopoly! 🙂

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    1. I’m with you. I kept my real-estate deals to house only. 😁

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  6. I wonder how Lizzy Magie fared in the patent department. It sounds like Darrow might have jumped her claim.

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    1. Her rights were bought by Parker Brothers for $500. Yes Darrow did jump the claim and the couple who had him over for dinner never spoke to him again. Bit of game history there. Thanks, Craig.

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      1. Maybe he was related to a good lawyer named Clarence.

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      2. Heh, heh, heh.

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  7. Great memories of monopoly games that dragged on for days. We wouldn´t let mom put the game away either, only breaking for meals. Oh, the wonderful days before we had a TV. I loved this.

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    1. Games are fun.

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  8. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    I’m wondering if Lizzie Magpie got anything out of this:) Fun list that brought back some memories of games played.

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    1. Lizzie got $500 from Parker Brothers

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  9. This is one I really don’t enjoy playing with Domer. With all his financial acumen, he’s a real terror at games like this, swiftly buying up everything in sight and then waiting for me to lose all my money. Charles certainly has this one pegged!

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    1. Hahahaha. Thanks, Debbie.

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  10. My favorite game- mostly because I win, lol. Great post, John. I’m always the horse, need to be able to race around that track!

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    1. Yes. My daughter too.

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  11. If I went to the first Monopoly game I would be flummoxed. As a child going round and round London on the board I assumed it was an English game! My great desire to buy royal blue Mayfair and Park Lane.

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    1. At least Park Lane is on the American edition. You could use that as your reference point. Thanks for the comment, Janet.

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  12. Boss,

    How did you know I would laugh fiendishly whenever someone landed on my Boardwalk? I always felt like it added some drama to the game. And it usually was okay with my playmates, so long as I was supplying a free bar.

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    1. Well, a free bar trumps (ahem) all kinds of devient behavior. Thanks, Marc.

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      1. You know of what you speak.

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  13. Fun post! Charles’ comment says it all!!

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    1. It does. Thanks, Liz.

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  14. Wonderful set, dear John! Monopoly for ever! 🙂

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    1. Do you have a European edition?

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      1. At the moment no. however my friends have. There is even the Russian edition. 🙂

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      2. That would be fun. Сесть в тюрьму. Идите прямо в тюрьму. Не проходи иди. 😁

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      3. !!!!! Your Russian is brilliant. Yes, it sounds something like that. The funniest thing is that the Monopoly is a typically American board game too far from the Russian mentality…:-) 🙂 🙂 Our traditional board game is Loto borrowed from the Frenchmen. 🙂

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      4. Sounds like a good idea to borrow anything from the French.

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      5. Très bien! L’idée est geniale!

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      6. Sauf pour la vodka bien sûr. Merci, Maria. 😁

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      7. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  15. I haven’t played for years, but I have this sudden, inexplicable urge to scoop up some railroads. If only there were real Get Out of Jail Free cards in life!

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    1. I negotiated a pretty big contract when I was working and gave the supplier a “Get Out of Jail Free” clause in the event of non-complience. It was referred to as the “get out of jail free” clause. It spelled out how to get back in complience without breaching the agreement. Since the contract was valued at over a billion the supplier was very nervious about circumstances that would cause a breach and resultant negative effect on Wall Street. After the clause was developed all was good. To my knowledge, the clause was never needed.

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      1. Giving the supplier that option was a pretty big gift. I would if you ever were referred to as Santa Clause?

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      2. Actually worked to our mutual advantage

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  16. Good thing we always buy up every property we land on, so that NO ONE ever gets to build a hotel . . . sorry, is it wrong to smile as I type this?

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    1. Perfect strategy. No, smiling is a good thing. 😊

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  17. This was delightful, John. Made my day!

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    1. Knowing that just made my day. Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. I’m so glad, John. 🙂

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  18. John, a fun post all about the game. My friends and I once had a game going for over a year! When the bank went broke we just made more money … a bit like real life!😀

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    1. Just like in real life. Thanks, Annika

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  19. So, let me get this straight. Charles Darrow stole the game from Lizzy Magie? Was she ever remunerated in any fashion?

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    1. Lizzy got a whopping $500 from Parker Brothers for her rights.

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      1. Sounds fine to me.

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  20. My husband was he only one patient enough to play a whole game, usually ending up losing to our youngest. It does being out all sorts of feelings, doesn’t it?

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    1. It does, Dale. Thanks for sharing. 😁

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