Christmas Day is just a few days away, and you know what that means… Family time!
Food will be eaten in excess, Christmas movies will be watched whilst Celebrations are scoffed and then suddenly someone will suggest a game…
You may just want to open presents and eat, but sooner or later the Monopoly board is going to come out so just embrace it!
Ahh a Christmas staple, would it even be Christmas without it? Now, let’s be honest, it’s going to end in an argument, but that’s part of the charm.
We’ve all got our own twist on the rules and usually the family all agree. But there may be a twist that we’ve all missed from the rule book.
As it turns out, hidden in the rule book is an “auction rule” that occurs when you land on a property but decide not to buy it.
Perhaps you play it like this already, but it was news to us!
No one that I ever played Monopoly with knows this rule. I didn’t know this rule…how many hours could’ve been saved by knowing this rule? “If you do not wish to buy the property, the Banker sells it at auction to the highest bidder.” pic.twitter.com/4UYA3cWBWH
— Dawgs Ninja #ATD 🌹 (@BravesNinja) December 1, 2017
The rule book does state:
“If the player lands on an unowned property, whether street, railroad, or utility, they can buy the property for its listed purchase price. If they decline this purchase, the property is auctioned off by the bank to the highest bidder, including the player who declined to buy.”
This really does change the game… no longer can you simply leave a property and hope mum doesn’t land on it, because if you don’t, she’ll have a chance to grab it at auction!
Equally, if you know someone wants to buy a property, you can bid them up so they have to pay a much higher price for it… this could get interesting.
As you can imagine people online are going mad over this discovery:
If I was playing monopoly and someone tried to use the auction rule I would probably fade them on the spot
— John McAtee (@johnmcatee123) November 23, 2017
Holy MOLY! That takes strategy/risk taking UP A DAMN LEVEL! I am so down for this rule. Thank you for the tip off!
— Kate Byard (@KateByard) November 20, 2017
@AskRubenHow2Bet True Monopolists know that rule but ignore it because the auction house causes violence in Monopoly land…
— Dane Pearson (@realSchtickle) November 29, 2017
Others already use the rule, so all this hype must seem strange to them…
People didn't know about the auction rule in monopoly wtf
— Liam Ng (@liamwilkins_ng) December 4, 2017
Dear World. The Monopoly rules are just over 5 pages long (in big font). The auction rule is on page 2. Is this the standard for TLDR? How do so few people know about this?
— Ginormous76 (@Ginormous76) November 30, 2017
Are you as astonished as us to find out about this rule?