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There probably hasn't been a single game of Monopoly played on this earth where a player hasn't cheated in some way, big or small.
It's one of the most frustrating aspects of the game when you've been playing by the rules, only to find out a family member or mate has been pocketing a bit of extra cash as the banker or slyly not fully paying up when they landed on Mayfair.
Well Hasbro, the company behind the famous board game, is taking Monopoly to a new level by bringing the cheater out in all of us.
Introducing Monopoly Cheaters, the old game you know and love - but in this realm, you're supposed to manoeuvre around the 'rules' as much as possible.
Senior Vice President of Hasbro gaming Jonathan Berkowitz has told Insider: "A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games, so in 2018, we decided it was time to give fans what they've been craving all along - a Monopoly game that actually encourages cheating."
It seems like the idea is being welcomed big time by fans - however some reckon this could lead to more fights.
i've never played monopoly to the end. after a couple hours, we always gave up. but cheaters monopoly sounds RIGHT up my alley!
- out of stock. (@_bigSHAUN) January 30, 2018
Read that Monopoly is putting out a cheaters edition of its game. Board games got flung off the table plenty of times in my house without special cards encouraging hotel stealing and such!
- Doug Danger (@dougdangerz1) January 31, 2018
SOMEONE GET ME THAT MONOPOLY CHEATERS EDITION HAHAHAHA
- Jomari Tan (@ImAgentOrange) January 31, 2018
In this new edition, there will be a real handcuff included, which will be slapped onto the person who's in jail. In addition to that, there will be 15 Cheaters Cards that will encourage you to do all sorts of devilish things.
Some of the cards suggest pocketing more from the bank when you pass Go, try to chuck a hotel piece on one of your properties without anyone watching, remove a hotel piece from another player's property, and try and escape out of the handcuff without anyone noticing.
Players get rewarded and reprimanded based on whether they complete the con or not.
If you're successful then you might get some extra cash from the bank or ruin someone's playing experience; but if you get caught then you might have to cough up some of that well-earned money or even take yourself to jail.
Hasbro gaming VP Jonathan Berkowitz tells Insider there's another element to mix things up a bit: "For the first time in Monopoly history, there is no designated Banker.
"Players are in control of the Bank on their turn and pass it to the next player when their turn is over, making it easier to pull off 'cheats' such as the Bank Heist."
It's a very interesting development in the game that has been around since 1932 - yeah, it's that old. You wouldn't be able to play this game willy-nilly either; you'd have to always be on the lookout for a sleight of hand and check the bank is always as full as it should be.
Will this create more fights or more fun?
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