This weekend, the Widget discovered how to play Monopoly on her iPad, but couldn’t figure out how to win, as her bout with the computer players kept going on and on. Having explained that endless rounds of rolling and trading money are, in fact, the reason why Monopoly stopped being one of my favorites during the mid-1980s (and the reason why many adults won’t so much as touch the game with a ten-foot pole), I proceeded to explain to her Daddy’s basic rules of Monopoly: Buy when you can. Trading is good. Going to jail late in the game isn’t bad. Using those rules, she then proceeded to beat the AI so badly that she had to up the game’s difficulty for the next round of the game. Even having experienced this success, though, she questioned my last hard-and-fast Monopoly rule, (Winners always play the racecar) because of her affection for little Scottie dogs, but our discussion did at least trigger an idle Sunday morning query..
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) misses the days of battleship and cannon, asking: Which Monopoly token is your favorite?