Monopoly: The Mega Edition

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Monopoly: The Mega Edition
Publisher(s) Winning Moves
Players 2–8
Setup time 5–15 minutes
Playing time 1-2 hours (Designed to be faster than the normal version of Monopoly).

Monopoly: The Mega Edition is a special variant of the popular board game Monopoly. The game was first published in 2006 by Winning Moves in the US. A UK version was adapted in 2007.

The game board is larger than that of regular Monopoly (30% bigger). The game now includes $/£1,000 bills, and it is possible to build skyscrapers and train depots.[1]

New board spaces[edit]

The Mega gameboard includes 12 new spaces. Eight of those new spaces are new properties (one for each color group) as follows (US version):

  • Purples*: Arctic Avenue
  • Light Blues: Massachusetts Avenue
  • Maroons: Maryland Avenue
  • Oranges: New Jersey Avenue
  • Reds: Michigan Avenue
  • Yellows: California Avenue
  • Greens: South Carolina Avenue
  • Dark Blues: Florida Avenue
    • NOTE: As with other US editions, the Mega Edition has changed the first Color Group from Purple to Brown with the recent reprints of the game.

In the UK Version the new properties are:

There is also a third Utility, the Gas Company, situated between CHANCE and Vermont Avenue/Pentonville.

The other three spaces are completely new to the board. Just after Jail/Just Visiting is the AUCTION space. If a player lands on this space while the bank still owns ANY properties, that player chooses one of the available properties to be auctioned off between the players (in similar fashion to regular property auctions). If the bank has NO properties left to auction, the player that lands there moves forward to the property on which they would have to pay the highest rent (the closest one, in case of a tie for highest amount).

The second space, BUS TICKET (located between Michigan Avenue/Aldwych and the B. & O. Railroad/Fenchurch Street Station), allows the player landing there to draw a Bus Ticket card, if any remain. If there are no Bus Ticket cards to draw, the space acts as a second FREE PARKING space and has no further effect.

The last of the three new spaces, BIRTHDAY GIFT (located between CHANCE and Florida Avenue/Park Lane), gives the player that lands there a choice between taking $/£100 from the bank OR drawing a Bus Ticket card. (If no Bus Ticket cards remain, the player automatically gets the $/£100.)

Differences in gameplay[edit]

Setup is the same as that of regular Monopoly, except that there is a new card deck to go along with the Chance and Community Chest cards called Bus Tickets, and players now receive $/£2,500 at the start of the game (adding one $/£1,000 bill) as opposed to the base $/£1,500 in regular Monopoly.

On their turn, players roll all three dice (two regular dice plus the new Speed Die). Players move the total number of spaces as indicated by the three dice, or two dice if Mr. Monopoly or the Bus is rolled on the Speed Die. If doubles are rolled on the regular dice then the player may roll again as usual; if triples are rolled on the three dice then the player may move to any space on the board that they choose, but they do not roll again.

If Mr. Monopoly is rolled on the Speed Die, the player first moves the number of spaces indicated on the two regular dice and deals with the space they land on. If the player has not landed in Jail, he/she then moves forward to the next unowned property, which he/she may then purchase or put up for auction. If there are no unowned properties, the player needs to move forward to the next property on which he/she would owe rent to another player. (If all other properties are mortgaged, the player does not move after making the initial move.)

A new alternative to rolling is using a Bus Ticket. If a player uses a Bus Ticket which he/she owns, that player may advance to any space on the side of the board they are currently on. Bus Tickets are obtained primarily by rolling the Bus on the Speed Die, but may also be earned by landing on the BUS TICKET or BIRTHDAY GIFT spaces. Some of the Bus Tickets cause all other Bus Tickets drawn but not played to "expire", and thus be discarded. (This includes other Bus Tickets owned by the player who drew the "expiration" Ticket.)

Each color-group now contains an additional property, as does the group of Utilities (with the Gas Company). If a player owns the majority of properties in a color-group (2 of 3 in Purples/Browns or Dark Blues; 3 of 4 in other color groups), they may begin to build houses and hotels there, with rent doubled on any undeveloped properties. If they own all properties in a color-group, they may upgrade their hotels to Skyscrapers, which increase rent considerably (by $/£500 on First and Second Street properties, and by $/£1000 on Third and Fourth Streets) and charge TRIPLE rent on any unimproved properties. In the case of the Utilities, owning all 3 allows the owner to charge 20 times the dice roll (white dice only) of the opponent landing there. (NOTE: The CHANCE card that sends you to the nearest utility is not affected; you still only pay 10 times the new roll even if the owner owns all 3 utilities.)

Players can also build a train depot on any railroads which they own (the player does not need to own all 4 railroads) at a cost of $/£100. This doubles the rent on that railroad, or quadruples it if an opponent is sent there by one of the "Go To Nearest Railroad" CHANCE cards (Twice the DOUBLED railroad rent).[2]

US Edition Board[edit]

Monopoly: The Mega Edition layout
Free Parking
Kentucky Avenue
$220
Chance
?
Indiana Avenue
$220
Illinois Avenue
$240
Michigan Avenue
$240
Bus Ticket B&O Railroad
$200
Atlantic Avenue
$260
Ventnor Avenue
$260
Water Works
$150
Marvin Gardens
$280
California Avenue
$280
Go To Jail
New Jersey Avenue
$200
MONOPOLY:
THE MEGA EDITION
Pacific Avenue
$300
New York Avenue
$200
South Carolina Avenue
$300
Tennessee Avenue
$180
North Carolina Avenue
$300
Community Chest Community Chest
St. James Place
$180
Pennsylvania Avenue
$320
Pennsylvania Railroad
$200
Short Line
$200
Virginia Avenue
$160
Chance
?
States Avenue
$140
Birthday Gift
Take $100 or a Bus Ticket
Electric Company
$150
Florida Avenue
$350
St. Charles Place
$140
Park Place
$350
Maryland Avenue
$140
Luxury Tax
Pay $100
Auction any unowned property Boardwalk
$400
Jail /
Just Visiting
Connecticut Avenue
$120
Vermont Avenue
$100
Gas Company
$150
Chance
?
Oriental Avenue
$100
Massachusetts Avenue
$100
Reading Railroad
$200
Income Tax
Pay 10% or $200
Arctic Avenue*
$80
Baltic Avenue*
$60
Community Chest Mediterranean Avenue*
$60
Go
Collect $200 salary as you pass
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  • NOTE: In recent printings of the game, the Purple properties are now Brown, like the UK edition below.

UK Edition Board[edit]

Monopoly: The Mega Edition layout
Free Parking
Strand
£220
Chance
?
Fleet Street
£220
Trafalgar Square
£240
Aldwych
£240
Bus Ticket Fenchurch Street Station
£200
Leicester Square
£260
Coventry Street
£260
Water Works
£150
Piccadilly
£280
Shaftesbury Avenue
£280
Go To Jail
High Holborn
£200
MONOPOLY:
THE MEGA EDITION
UK Edition
Regent Street
£300
Vine Street
£200
Oxford Street
£300
Marlborough Street
£180
Bond Street
£300
Community Chest Community Chest
Bow Street
£180
Savile Row
£320
Marylebone Station
£200
Liverpool Street Station
£200
Downing Street
£160
Chance
?
Northumberland Avenue
£160
Birthday Gift
take £100 or a Bus Ticket
Electric Company
£150
Park Lane
£350
Whitehall
£140
Mayfair
£350
Pall Mall
£140
Bank Deposit
(pay £100)
Auction any unowned property Knightsbridge
£400
In Jail/Just Visiting Edgware Road
£120
Pentonville
£120
Gas Company
£150
Chance
?
Euston Road
£100
The Angel Islington
£100
King's Cross Station
£200
Income Tax
£200
Elephant And Castle
£60
Whitechapel Road
£60
Community Chest Old Kent Road
£60
Go
Collect £200 salary as you pass
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winning Moves Games". Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  2. ^ http://www.winning-moves.com//images/megamonopolyrules.pdf

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