It turns out you’ve been playing Monopoly wrong all this time and have overlooked a common but game-changing rule.
Most people will collectively agree that Monopoly lasts far too long for its own good. Chances are you’ve never actually managed to finish a game, either because everyone got tired of it or because a family argument broke out.
As some people are learning, however, it is possible to save time by enforcing a rule that most either don’t know exists or think is actually a form of cheating.
It turns out you don’t have to buy every property you land on, which means the banker has to auction them instead. Yet you can still bid for them even if you declined to buy them in the first place.
This rule was recently shared over on the CasualUK subreddit, where user Gumbledorus invites fellow Monopoly players to ‘cause chaos by invoking this completely standard rule.’
‘I’ve never heard that rule before!’ admits Global_Monk_5778. ‘I’ve never read the rule book because I was taught to play by my parents and foolishly assumed they were teaching me how to play properly.’
‘Never knew this rule until playing on an iPad the other day, even then I thought it was made up just to make the game quicker,’ corroborates billyboyf30.
Other users are surprised to learn how many people didn’t know this rule was common knowledge, attributing that as to why Monopoly has a reputation for running too long.
‘This is why a lot of Monopoly games go on unnecessarily long,’ explains daedelion. ‘If you follow the rules properly and auction properties, then they get bought up faster. Then there’s more chance of players having to pay rent, and therefore go bankrupt faster.’
One user, prustage, says this rule has actively improved the game for them, adding, ‘The game moves more quickly, is more exciting and the difference between weak and strong players is reduced. Always use this rule.’
Several disagree, however, arguing that there’s a reason most people ignore this rule.
‘Having since played using the ‘proper’ rules I’ve decided the auction rule makes games worse, so ignorance was bliss after all,’ says Shetland99.
‘Do you hate your family that much? No one evokes that rule, it’s like the deep magic,’ says mycatiscalledFrodo.
Others use the thread as an opportunity to express their dislike of Monopoly in general, suggesting people play other board games instead.
‘Monopoly isn’t a good board game. Simple as that. It gives board games a bad name which is sad,’ says _MicroWave_.
Salohacin adds, ‘I’m a huge board game fan. I love all sorts of board games from quick and simple to long and convoluted. Monopoly is a game that makes my skin crawl whenever someone suggests it.’
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