Many games, not unlike people, are forced to evolve over time in order to continue being relevant. Even some of the greatest classic games, like Monopoly, are not immune to the laws governing evolution. Monopoly recently announced that they are going to add additional house rules to change the existing gameplay structure, and many are commending the game for being willing to change. Take a look at some of the possible rule changes listed in this article, and let us know what you would choose.
The following are some of the changes Monopoly is considering adding to the board game in 2015:
Taxes and fees collected throughout the game will be kept in the middle of the board. Players who land on Free Parking get to collect the money sitting in the middle of the board.
When you land on “Go!” you will now receive 400 M dollars instead of 200 M dollars.
Just roll snake eyes? Collect 500M Dollars.
Are there 3 players in a row on 3 unique properties? Well done, each player gets an extra 500M Dollars.
If you land yourself in jail, you can’t collect rent money from other players until you’re released.
Can’t afford the property you’ve got your eye on? Players can make loans to other players to co-own properties.
At the beginning of the game, players leave half the money in the bank and mix up the other half of the money in the center of the board. On the count of three, every player grabs all the money they can.
If this rule were to pass, players would have to travel around the board one complete time before they can begin to purchase properties.
Playing with your mum? She’s always out of jail for free.
This rule states that players don’t have to own a complete set of properties before they are allowed to build houses on top of them.
These potential new rules are truly inventive and are likely to spark the curiosity of many players! However, Monopoly has become a classic, because people love it already. So maybe the only thing that could make this great game even better, would be if you could play it on the go. If Monopoly released rules that allowed for a game to end after a certain period of time, or created two or three versions of the game – long, medium and short, it could reach a whole new onslaught of players who just don’t have the time for longer games or prefer games on-the-go.
However, other game companies looking to get gamers involved can learn some tricks from Monopoly’s mission to reinvent itself. Having die-hard fans submit possible new rules via Facebook is a great way to engage your audience. This generation of gamers has a shorter attention span and with all the new technological advancements, it seems unlikely that our attention spans will be growing longer any time soon.
Do you have any suggestions for Monopoly’s new rules? Do you like the ones suggested so far?