As indicated previously, the initial negotiation whether to adopt rules contrary to or outside the standard rules, can be an interesting prelude to an actual game; indeed, such a negotiation may be very informative as to the nature of the game that will follow.
Such a negotiation is also consistent with the notion that Monopoly™ is intended as a test of the players’ negotiation skills. Such negotiation can also provide variety that can make any particular game different or even unique. Negotiation, after all, is the skill of creating agreements where there is some element of the unknown.
Thus, there are many factors that might be negotiated prior to a Monopoly game. They include:
A note on rules: There are a myriad house rules, a huge variety of commercially available Monopoly™ formats, and even add-ons that make Monopoly™ even more complex than the original game. The intent of the suggestions presented here is to simplify the game and focus on its core strengths: strategy and negotiation. Players negotiating rules need to consider their own values in committing an hour or two to a board game, and negotiate accordingly. Are there less skilled players who need to be involved? Is this just for fun or are there other dynamics? Is determining who is the most skilled player important?
A goal of these suggestions is to stay true to nature of Monopoly™: The Real Estate Trading Game™. Remembering what the game seeks to provide may be useful in considering rules variations. As indicated previously, a negotiation on rules can be as interesting as the game itself.
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