Hi Monopoly fans. The purchasing of property.

As it’s Thursday and February, we present to you our “regular” Monopoly column.

Hi Monopoly fans. Today I’d like to talk to you about one of the prime basics of the game. The purchasing of property. There are three schools of thought on this issue. One suggest that it is best to wait and only buy property you like the sound of. The second suggests that you should just buy everything that is for sale and that you land on. And the third suggests that you should try and find some balance between the two. Perhaps the best thing to do here is try and take each different method and examine them one by one.

First up, waiting for the right property. This is almost never a winning strategy. You can win at Monopoly from owning any set. All that is important is how good it is and how early you get it (and who else has anything). The only difference is how easy it is to win from each set. Naturally people remember winning instances and try and emulate them.

This is a foolhardy premise though. If you stick to it you may very well be made bankrupt before you even land on the properties you want let alone own them.

The second proposition buying everything you land on, is more successful than the first, however it still has its weaknesses. The advantage is obvious to the seasoned player. Property of any kind is much more valuable than money. You could be dealt all of the remaining money in the bank and you still won’t win if you don’t have any property. The only problem can be if your property spread is too wide. This is especially likely if you are playing with many people.

The reason this beats waiting for the right property even if you have no sets is because of the wide variety of perceived “good” property that you consider useless but somebody else may require desperately. This is what makes the trade aspect of the game so perfect. The actual value of the property is so personal (based on pasted experience) that people will happily make the most unlikely of “on-paper” trades because of emotive value.

So the balanced view seems to win out. Buy as much property as you can at the beginning, but be willing to let some property slip through the net later if you are really running out of cash. However if you are playing by the proper rules of monopoly concerning auctioning off property if unsold then be very wary of letting go of anything, especially if another player might need it. In fact the best strategy under these rules is to assume that everybody needs everything.

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