Variopoly game: The War on Drugs

First of all, just let me apologise: some of you, based on this title, will be expecting something a little more in the vein of The Wire, and I regret to report that this is not that.

No, this is a game it’s still possible to win.


You will need

  • A Monopoly set.
  • spare counters
  • pen and paper

Variant Rules
All rules are as normal for Monopoly with the exception of the following:

  1. At any time during their own turn, a player may designate any regular property owned by them (i.e. not utilities or railroads) as a drug house. The player need not own the complete set for the property, but must own the designated property.
  2. A player landing at the property must pay rent and also buy drugs.
  3. Each time someone buys drugs at a property, the rent becomes 10% less, to a maximum of 80% off the recorded figure. The first time, the rent is as listed for the property and any improvements, reductions apply on the second and subsequent occasions.
  4. The cost of drugs is $20 for an unimproved property, and rises by $20 for each house built on the property, and by $100 for a hotel (i.e. buying drugs at a hotel costs $120).
  5. The percentage reduction of the rent is also applied to any other properties in the same set, regardless of the ownership of the properties.
  6. The reduction likewise applies to the mortgage value of the properties. If any affected property is still unsold, the reduction is applied to the sale price, too.
  7. However, the same percentage factor is added to the cost of any improvements made to the properties.

Winning the Game

  1. as per the normal rules of Monopoly.

Changing it Up

  1. A faster variant can also be played: if two properties in the same set are owned by different players, a turf war breaks out. Any player landing on any property in the set must immediately roll two dice again – if they roll doubles, they are killed and leave the game, with all their properties and money returning to the bank. Killed players may not complain about their deaths – it’s all in the game.


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