In honour of my home state going to the polls tomorrow, here’s a fun way to add a little democracy to your Monopoly game.
You will need
- A Monopoly set.
- pens and paper
All rules are as normal for Monopoly with the exception of the following:
- During set up, one of the unused Monopoly pieces is selected to represent the public. This piece moves first, and moves a regular 7 squares each turn.
- If it lands on Go To Jail, it moves to Just Visiting; if a card directs it to move, it moves as directed. In either case, it moves its normal 7 squares on the following turn.
- Each time the Public lands on or passes Go, an election is held:
- Each player has one vote, plus one additional vote per property held (not including utitilities or railroads), and must rank each player (including themself) in order of preference.
- Players may not split their votes: each player must assign their total number of votes as a bloc.
- To win an election, a player must acheive a minimum of 50% of the total number of votes plus one vote (or more).
- If no player gets this many votes on the first round, the player with the lowest number of votes is eliminated, and any votes assigned to them are then allocated to the next ranked preference of each voter. This process continues, with one player eliminated from the voting each round, until one player wins.
- The winner of the election has four powers:
- At the start of each turn, they may set the prices charged by utilities and railroads. Each of these groups may be set independently of the other, and must be specified as a percentage.
- Similarly, they may specify the percentage tax rate for the income tax square. This must be a percentage, and cannot exceed 80% or be lower than 0%.
- They may improve any one of their own properties in a full set at half cost; or, if the property is not part of a complete set, at normal cost.
- Each turn, they may block the improvement of a single property by a single other player. If this power is not used in a particular turn, it may not be saved for future use.
- Players eliminated from the game may not vote.
Winning the Game
- as per the normal rules of Monopoly; or