Redesigning Monopoly

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Kurt Andersen, host of PRI's Studio 360, stops by to discuss his show's listener contest to redesign the game Monopoly for the 21st century.


Kurt Andersen

Comments [11]

Kevin from Canada

Try Acquire for a great property game. If you want a game where the "bank" is involved, give Crunch a try (haven't played it myself, but from what I know it should work).

May. 05 2011 07:50 PM
Patrick from Montreal

Monopoly was already redesigned for the 21st century. It's now called "Settlers Of Catan".

Monopoly is over. Let it die with dignity.

May. 05 2011 06:41 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I did hear it right this morning. It would be oligopoly, not oligarchy.

May. 04 2011 01:57 AM
YZ from NYC

Want realism? Every player does NOT start with the same amount of money!!!!

Base discrepancies on the ethnicity and education of players, or on some other arbitrary measurement, such as their height or weight or gender. Some players start with utilities and railroads and extra money, even properties. Some players start in jail and may not receive "get out of jail free" cards, but may rent properties from the wealthier players, or borrow money at crazy interest rates. Only players who can afford to may leave the board to help themselves to drinks or snacks in the kitchen.

May. 03 2011 12:05 PM
david from ditmas park


that caller suggested spitzer used public money for his private use. that is patently not true. that was the smear campaign used to soil his name...apparently it worked.

it's not wonder there are people screaming "habeas corpus" over the osama affair...our media allows untruths to scatter among our populace on a regular just now!

May. 03 2011 12:02 PM
Brian from UWS

This is supposed to be a game that KIDS can play, no? Some of the ideas sound dreadfully boring and complicated from that perspective.

May. 03 2011 11:57 AM
Alvin from Manhattan

Kurt Andersen hasn't read the rules. You CAN borrow money, by mortgaging properties. Also, you can do deals with other players who already own properties.

May. 03 2011 11:55 AM
AQuandary from Morningside Heights

One small improvement I came up with 25 years ago was to auction off each property when a person first landed on them, rather than give the person whose turn it is the right of first refusal. That introduced an element of skill and tradeoffs into a game which had been too dependent on the luck of the dice. Not necessarily the change you're seeking to more accurately reflect contemporary real-estate practice, but definitely an improvement to the mechanics of the game.

May. 03 2011 11:55 AM
Ronnie Ann from Brooklyn

I'd call it Moonopoly and have players compete for resources like air, water, food, moon rocks to sell online, etc. Hotels could be built on famous craters, but you might also discover moon oil under a crater and have to fight for the rights. Player pieces would still be the same though. They are the best.

May. 03 2011 11:52 AM
Ben from Park Slope

Here's something that should be a CHANCE card in the modern day:

"Victim of Identity Theft. Lose $500 and no borrowing money for two rounds of the board."

May. 03 2011 11:52 AM
art525 from Park Slope

I would make a change where after you have accumulated a large amount of money you can buy a politician and get the equivalent of a get out of jail free card wherein you don't have to pay taxes or incur penalties anymore.

May. 03 2011 11:50 AM

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