My friend Pat McClure and I used to play Monopoly all the time. His folks had a really cool attic and we would have Monopoly Marathons and see just how long we could make a game last. Of course, the real rules went out the window. Seriously, who plays Monopoly by the real rules?

Real Rules:

BUYING PROPERTY...Whenever you land on an unowned property you may buy that property from the Bank at its printed price. You receive the Title Deed card showing ownership; place it face up in front of you.

If you do not wish to buy the property, the Banker sells it at auction to the highest bidder. The buyer pays the Bank the amount of the bid in cash and receives the Title Deed card for that property. Any player, including the one who declined the option to buy it at the printed price, may bid. Bidding may start at any price."

The Pat and Gary Rule:

Oh, please. If you can't afford it, don't buy it. If you "pass" on a piece of property, it's open game for anyone, but only  if they land on it and they have the cash.

Real Rules: FREE PARKING/COMMUNITY CHEST/CHANCE

Free Parking is just a place to wait for your next turn. As far as Community Chest and Chance as well as Luxury Tax go, the rules say that you pay anything amount owed to the bank. That's boring!

The Pat and Gary Rule:

Any fines, fees or taxes go in the middle of the board. If you land on "Free Parking" you get whatever is there! Talk about a payday!

These rules made the game last a lot longer and more like real life. Except for the fact that, in real life, money is seldom orange.

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Maybe I'll give Pat a call and we can have a Monopoly Marathon next time I'm in Houston. He almost always beat me and I have some getting even to do!

One day, I'll share with you how we made the "slide player" hockey game better!