- You may have been playing Monopoly incorrectly your entire life.
- A Twitter user recently shared a little-known rule about the board game — and his tweet is going viral.
- According to Monopoly’s official rules, when you land on a property space and you choose not to buy it, the property must be auctioned off by the banker, and the other players can bid on it.
- The auction speeds up the game, makes it more strategic, and allows players to buy properties for less than they usually would.
Love it or hate it, Monopoly was probably a staple of your childhood — the star of countless sleepovers, play dates, or family game nights.
However, it turns out that you may have been playing the board game incorrectly your entire life, and it’s all thanks to one innocuous tweet.
And one Twitter user said this: “When someone lands on a property in Monopoly & they don’t buy it, IT GOES TO AUCTION for any player to buy. IT. IS. IN. THE. RULES.”
Cuando alguien cae en un property🏠in #Monopolio 🎲💵 y que no lo compre, va a subasta para cualquier jugador para comprar.
ESO. ES. EN. EL. REGLAS.
— Ruben (@AskRubenHow2Bet) 20 de noviembre 2017
The user’s tweet, and BuzzFeed’s story, have since gone viral, and for good reason.
It’s likely that many of us learned how to play Monopoly through word-of-mouth, either from a friend or a sibling who seemed like they knew what they were doing. So if you’re like me, you probably played the game with this rule in mind: When you land on a property space, and you choose not to buy it, the property is not up for grabs until someone else lands on that space again — which, it’s important to note, may take hours.
But according to Monopoly’s official rules, when you land on a property space in Monopoly and you choose not to buy it, the property must be auctioned off by the banker, and the other players can bid on it.
It’s a simple rule that changes everything. First, it speeds up the game, saving players a ton of time. Second, the auction allows players to buy properties for less than what they would usually pay. And third, since the person who originally landed on the property space can además bid in the auction, that player can make a strategic decision to send it to auction and buy it at a lower price.
So, of course, people are freaking out online.
One Twitter user wrote: “Holy MOLY! That takes strategy/risk-taking UP A DAMN LEVEL! I am so down for this rule. Thank you for the tip off!”
Holy MOLY! That takes strategy/risk taking UP A DAMN LEVEL! I am so down for this rule. Thank you for the tip off!
— Kate Byard (@KateByard) 20 de noviembre 2017
“This little-known rule changes the dynamic of the game in a fundamental way,” another user tweeted. “I actually want to play it now.”
This little known rule changes the dynamic of the game in a fundamental way. I actually want to play it now.
— Kimberlee Rene’ (@KimberleeRene) 23 de de noviembre de, 2017
And someone else tweeted, “Literally no one plays it like this. Surely?!”
Literally no one plays it like this. Surely?!
— MH (@MarianneHumble) 23 de de noviembre de, 2017
In fact, the auction rule is so widely overlooked that a writer named Jonny Nexus even started a viral internet campaign in 2013 called “The Campaign For Real Monopoly“.
“[The rule] makes the game much more interesting by massively increasing the interaction between players,” Nexus told the Daily Mail back in 2013. It also “makes the game much more skillful, since it is now more dependent on your ability to trick, bluff, and manage the other players,” Nexus added.
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