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Monopoly Rules: Changes Determined by Fans Coming Soon

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By Ken Mandel   |   Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 02:36 PM

Monopoly rules are poised to change, and game-maker Hasbro is asking fans to weigh in and decide what the new "house rules" should be.

Fans of the classic board game may soon be able to collect $400 when they land on "Go," collect money from the middle of the board when they land on "Free Parking," and avoid paying rent to players in Jail.

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Many longtime players go by their own rules, rather than follow the game's official rules, so Hasbro's plan is to allow players to change them up.

Through April 3, Monopoly players of all levels can join the House Rules debate on the game's Facebook page and discuss the pros and cons of the 10 original house rules.

Hasbro will incorporate the new rules into their upcoming Monopoly: House Rules Edition game.

In addition to questions about landing on Go or Free Parking and what happens when players are in Jail, other rules up for debate include collecting $500 for rolling snake eyes, players co-owning properties, whether Mom always gets out of Jail free and whether a mogul must own a complete set of properties before building houses and hotels.

According to Hasbro, nearly half of American Monopoly players have made up at least one rule, while 68 percent admit to never reading the entire official rulebook. Most of the game-play creativity revolves around earning more money than the official rules call for, which tends to extend the length of the game.

"The fundamentals of the traditional game are set for a very strict monetary policy where you allow moderate amounts of the money to be entered into the markets but not large amounts," Jock O'Connell, an international trade economist at economic consulting firm Beacon Economics, told Slate.com.

Based on the long-standing rules, players start with $1,500 and can only earn extra money through certain means.

Fan-driven changes aren't new to Monopoly, which Parker Brothers began selling under that moniker in 1935.  Last year, fans voted to replace the iron game piece with a cat, and that piece began selling in August 2013.

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