Monopoly has released official etiquette for playing the board game

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Photo credit: Bruno Vincent - Getty Images
Photo credit: Bruno Vincent - Getty Images

When it comes to board games and organised fun, we're big fans. Our favourite part of any dinner party is the games and we've been known to bring out the playing cards at any social gathering.

But one game we have to be super careful with is Monopoly. Because without the official rules and guidelines put into place, there's guaranteed to be arguments.

Thankfully, Monopoly's makers Hasbro have released some official etiquette rules, to ensure no one is left crying into their Christmas pudding this December. "The guide promises to make all players think twice before provoking a festive feud, ensuring families nationwide can enjoy the festive season together and avoid fallouts over the classic board game," they revealed.

Official Monopoly etiquette

  1. No false accusations. Incorrectly calling out that somebody’s cheating during the game. Just because the banker is doing well does not automatically mean they’re skimming.

  2. No emotional outbursts. Tantrums, raised voices, foot stomping, scathing looks, name calling, sulking & whining: ‘It’s not fair'. Tempers may fray in a long game, but if an alliance has been made that you don’t agree with or you’ve narrowly missed out on the Free Parking stash, you should never shout at another player.

  3. Avoid unsporting behaviour. During game play one should conduct themselves in a fair, respectful & gracious way. Bickering about which token to choose. Refusal to accept being served fees, fines or bills, throwing money across the table or worse, leaving the game early.

  4. Always play by the rules. Never bend the rules in support of one player (no matter what age they are.) A sleight of hand often used by parents to avoid a Monopoly Meltdown. Not limited to but including: slipping a player money, excusing a rent payment or claiming a different number appeared on the dice.

  5. One should not damage the game. NEVER flip the board. Tensions can run high, but a board flip can never be excused, even if you’ve been serving jail time & someone is about to land on your newly purchased hotels.

That should end all family arguments, eh?

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