Welcome one and all to the Monopoly nerd’s humble (and virtual) abode.
If you have stumbled upon this blog because you have questions about the Monopoly board game, then you are certainly in the right place. Odds are that you will either find — or I will provide to you via comments — every answer that you seek.
As mentioned in my first post and in my profile, I am a lover of math, probability, game theory, computer programming, and pretty much everything in between. Some people believe that doing any sort of analysis of a board game takes the fun out of it, but for me (and perhaps for you too), the analysis is the fun of it!
Since its inception, this blog has inspired me to tackle various questions about Monopoly that I’m sure many others had over the years. Some of these include the following:
- Is there an absolute, “best” property/color group, and if so what is it? If not, then under what conditions are different groups best?
- Is it really best to buy every property you come across, or are some of them simply not worth it?
- Just how much of a factor is luck really? What sort of statistical edge can a knowledgeable player expect to gain over time?
- Can a friendly game of Monopoly actually go on forever?
- Why do games take so long to finish?? Is there anything that can be done to speed them up? [HINT: YES!]
- Can we use a simulator to help examine various theoretical — as well as actual — game scenarios? Will the results be conclusive enough, or will the variance overwhelm the analysis?
Do you prefer a more interactive approach? Check out the O.M.S. (Online Monopoly Simulator) Forum!
Whether you’re a fellow math nerd looking for precise calculations or you’re a dad/mom/son/daughter looking to settle a disagreement during a game at the dinner table, this blog is for you!
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