I Don’t Care What You Say: Monopoly
October 25, 2009
Monopoly. America’s Game, and the highest selling board game of all time. There’s a lot of folks out there who think they have some sort of Monopoly strategy figured out, and sure maybe they do. It can’t be a coincidence that there is a World Monopoly Champion. And to be honest, as long as you’re not Boardwalk crazy or obsessed on the greens, you are probably in decent shape. Anyways, in all of these strategies, from the most menial to the most diabolical, there is always one agreement: The dark purple monopoly is worthless.
Well, I don’t care what you say, I like the dark purple monopoly. And here is my reasoning. While it is true that both of these properties are the least landed on in the game, and even with a hotel they have by far the lowest payout, the dark purples give you an advantage that other monopolies just can’t offer… zero commitment. No one is going to put all of their eggs in the dark purple basket, that would be foolish. The dark purples should be considered money makers like railroads or utilities, because they function virtually the same way. Low commitment and low price, but also a low chance of breaking the bank. The dark purples are the perfect supplement to a house’d or hotel’ed orange, pink, or red monopoly. Not by giving you the win, but by helping ensure your victory by funding your expensive investments.
Also, the dark purples have the advantage of being the most likely monopoly to at least make your money back. Because they are so affordable, the chance of being paid back on your investment is high. You can view these percentages here. While many players are convinced that railroads are important for funding your monopolies, these percentages show that the chance of being paid back in full on your railroad investment is significantly lower than the dark purple monopoly.
Lastly, the dark purple monopoly is undervalued. Frankly, people don’t like it or care about it. So take advantage of this, see if you can buy them off of people really cheap, or if they will just use them as a throw in with a larger trade. Don’t let people know that they are only ensuring their own loss by giving you those two stupid purples at such a low price. So now go out… into the world… and get them. And always play with dignity and always as the pretzel.