Playing Classic Monopoly with Europeans: Observations
February 25, 2008 § 4 Comments
I detected a deliberate refusal to embrace American currency, resulting in demands for £200 every time they passed Go. Which, as we all know, is totally cheating since $200 would be only £100.
There was a very poor knowledge of New York geography, as made clear when someone tried to purchase “Broadwalk” or “Marsailles Gardens.”
Players were much more interested in forming coalitions to stop the superpower than becoming the superpower themselves.
They repeatedly mispronounced Reading Railway, which obviously should rhyme with “Reading Rainbow,” not “breading.”
Finally, there was much more wine involved.
The outcome: The top hat, representing the European “old money,” was the winner. Second place was the shoe, representing the “pull-your-self-up-by-your-bootstraps” self-made American man. In last place was the wheelbarrow, representing the working class. Go figure.