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The MONOPOLY Companion: The Players' Guide

The MONOPOLY Companion: The Players' Guide
By Philip Orbanes

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After more than 50 years, Rich Uncle Pennybags has finally decided to tell the world everything he knows about the history, rules, and winning strategies of the world's most popular board game. Profusely illustrated.

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #380623 in Books
  • Published on: 2007-11-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .64" h x 6.09" w x 7.50" l, .62 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 224 pages


  • ISBN13: 9781402754067
  • Condition: New
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About the Author
Mr. Monopoly is the leading expert on the world's most popular board game-the MONOPOLY game-and has been since 1936! Often called 'the MONOPOLY Man" or "The Chairman of the board," the venerable financier has here consented to share his secrets for the very first time. Born in Atlantic City, he still lives nearby with wife Madge, who frequently baby-sits nephews Andy, Randy, and Sandy.

Philip Orbanes has made the game business his career, spurred by his very first encounter with the MONOPOLY game at age eight. A graduate of Case Institute of Technology, he headed the research and development department at Parker Brothers for many years and is currently President of Winning Moves, Inc. He also served as Chief Judge at the National and World Monopoly Tournaments from 1979 through 1992. He and wife Anna have two grown sons, both of whom are avid gamers.

Customer Reviews

Very good book5
I recomend this book to anyone and everyone who plays Monopoly. It is a fun read while at the same time giving great stats and tips as to how to play the game. Ever since I read the book, I rarely lose (pretty much only lose to my brothers who have also read it or to friends who ally against me to stand a chance).

I've found that it is a fine companion book, and does fine to supplement the official rules(so I put it in my monopoly box and leave the rules with the sets I don't use). It may have editorial errors...but the "error" that the disgruntled reader pointed out is not an error...the "second player to your left" is the same as the "second player following" unless you're going counterclockwise...because after you take a turn, the "first player to your left" goes...followed by the second player to your I don't see the problem there.

The only problem I have with it, is that I follow the rules too carefully, so now when I talk about building shortages or making deals between others turns my friends think I'm making up rules.

Go get this book and enjoy!

The book says "Mr. Monopoly reveals everything he knows about the world's most popular board game. 'And that, quite frankly is everything.'" Not quite. There are errors in the book (compared to the official Parker Brother's rules). Given that the author was (supposedly) the Chief Judge at the National and World Monopoly Tournaments from 1979 through 1992 (book bio) it is inconceivable that he didn't know the rules, so I think it is just a lack of attention to detail. Yet when you are holding yourself out as an "expert" this is inexcusable. Proofread the book. Edit the book.

For example, one mistake occurs on the pages 34-35, "Paying Rent." They say there are two instances when you can't collect rent one of which is when you do not ask for it within a certain time limit. The time limit during which an opponent must pay rent is before the "second player to your left." This is clearly incorrect, it is the second player to *your opponent's* left. This whole section is mismatched, saying "your left" instead of your opponent's left. It is almost as if they didn't proofread it or didn't know the rules. (The Rules:"The owner may not collect the rent if they fail to ask for it before the second player following throws the dice.") And this isn't the only spot with problems. There are little things like this which people won't catch and will be misled.

If you are interested in some of the history, then fine, it is reasonably accurate. ;-) . If you want play tips and have much experience at the game, it is NOT worth it. The tips provided are common sense, there is perhaps one tip that a beginner might find useful. And there is even no index (how hard is it to have an index?).

In short the book is disappointing and if you are looking for a book with substance about Monopoly, this is not it. Maxine Brady's book (not published now) is better, but still not a complete treatment.

Good for Beginners to Intermediate Players4
Playing Monopoly can be a long endeavor, especially if you play with people who don't know the official rules. If you have endured such hardship, you could recommend this guide to such beginning players.

This book basically gives a lot of tips to the game that most novice players don't know. One of these tips is knowing which monopolies are the most powerful on the board (and it's not Park Place and Boardwalk most of the time!). It is entertaining and can be easily read in one afternoon. There is quite a bit of filler, though, if you just want to get to the nitty-gritty of how to improve your play. His "interview format" with Uncle Moneybags is humorous, but can drag on if you're just in the market for how to become a Monopoly master.

In the end, it's an enjoyable book for most beginners and intermediate players, but can irritate a player who is quite familiar with the game and just looking to get to the highest levels of gameplay.

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