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Anti-Monopoly (USA)


Ref: 5906

Publisher: TALICOR, Inc.

Dimensions of the box: 23.2 x 45.6 cm

The game: Anti-Monopoly is an upgraded version of the Atlantic City Quaker game named monopoly.

Professor Ralph Anspach invented the game and Professor Irvin Hentzel did the mathematics.

In Anti-Monopoly, players play either by monopoly or competition rules fixed at the beginning of the game. Competitors charge fair rents, build as soon as they own a property, put 5 houses on their properties and occasionally go to Price War. Monopolists extort monopoly-high rents from their poor tenants, build only after they have monopolized a colour grouping, restrict supply by putting only 4 houses on their properties and occasionally go to Prison.

The good guys are the small entrepreneurs and the bad guys are the monopolists. Since players do not play by the same rules, fairness is achieved by a patented technique of equalizing the win probabilities, a technique made possible only by the computer age!

Anti-Monopoly requires more sophistication and strategic thinking than Monopoly because competitors make more money than monopolists in the beginning of the game but monopolists can catch up later, especially if competitors don't watch their money! This eliminates a weakness in the other game where one often knows in the beginning who is going to win, even though the game can drag on for a long time. The conflict between competitors and monopolists adds excitement to the game.

The board contains the streets of 8 American cities, viz.: New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, San Francisco and New York. The colours of the streets are espectively: light green, brown, light purple, dark green, blue, dark purple, light braun and redish braun. Instead of Chance and Community Chest cards are 25 COMPETITOR and 25 MONOPOLIST cards. This are white cards with nice illustrations and texts.

There are 6 tokens, 3 Large Pawns and 3 Small ones. The 35 houses are purple and the 15 Apartments are green. Instead of stations here are, very neutral: U.S. Railroad, U.S. Bus Company, U.S. Air Line and U.S. Trucking Company. When you mortage a property you have to turn over the title deed in exchange for the appropriate (half as big) mortage note! The banknotes are very poor.

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