Monopoly

Paul mentioning monopoly brings back childhood memories of the same game ... It was around the time when I was big enough to lift heavy books, our father bought us an encyclopedia that had seven volumes. Each with a different color of the rainbow, each on a different topic. That was a treasure trove of information on many curious things. The volume on sports and games, with rich history on Cricket, was invaluable to my little brother who was crazy about the game. He soon became the most knowledgeable of all the boys in his gang about Cricket.

That book had introduction on many interesting games from many different parts of the world, enough to keep us occupied for many summer holidays to come. That is where I read about Monopoly; the article was introductory like any children's encyclopedia should be. Immediately, on the back cover of another large thin book, I designed a game, more localized, with more down to earth and funny boxes, local places, names and characters. It was carefully calculated to balance the loss gain probability. With much simple rules that even a three year old kid in the neighborhood enjoyed playing with us. He could hardly count, but he trusted us not to cheat him.

Soon it was popular among my and my brother's friends in the neighborhood. Often he would carry around the unfortunate book, which had the game drawn on its back cover. That book had to toil on the floor with a soiled front cover. Just as few kids were beginning to be experts in buying and selling stocks and shares, and girls earning ridiculously high interest on saving accounts, few mischievous boys even started circulating counterfeit or stolen currency.

The currency happened to be bundles and bundles of lottery tickets - all past due date, the lottery shop owners gave it happily to us kids for free. Currency was basically of two denominations, cheaper small sized lottery tickets were counted as one, while a larger thick tickets were worth five. Many kids perhaps became experts in adding and subtracting more here, than in school, for it would mean getting cheated and loosing the game, if they couldn't count properly :-)

Boys who became rich tycoons would acquire businesses of the poor players forcing them to bankruptcy, or loose everything quickly over a gamble. While some kids would start crying if they lost all money, and some would donate money to those on the verge of bankruptcy. Many played professionally, planning their investments, while avoiding risky moves or even taking risks.

Some adults looked at the game with suspicion, because it looked like a gamble than a game of skill. While others were proud to hear "earning statements" from their kids. There isn't much difference between those kids playing a game of Monopoly and big corporates. If one kid started a business in making robots that will cook hamburgers, another boy - a big bully - would say, "Oh... No big deal... if your robots cook hamburgers, I will make hamburgers that eat robots"
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Comments:

i think this website should be for porno

Posted by Alexis Peirson on October 27, 2006 at 04:08 AM PDT #

JK :P I have always love classic games i think you should add a few to this website. It would be much more fun

Posted by Alex Peirson on October 27, 2006 at 04:10 AM PDT #

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