June 26, 2008 at 5:32 pm

as someone going to both games tommorrow I love it!!!! First!!!

June 26, 2008 at 6:08 pm

They’re tearing down Yankee Stad? What the hell for? Isn’t it a historical monument or somthing?


Army of Darkness
June 26, 2008 at 6:24 pm

The only good use for a baseball bat is to beat intruders/chav scum to death with it….

On a side note- Abe win a beauty contest? lol…

June 26, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Maybe, I’ll see Pres or Abe on the forth…

June 26, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Abe has won a come in second in a beauty contest…..

The apocalypses has once again been narrowly diverted :twisted:

June 27, 2008 at 12:20 am

…isn’t it $10 for that prise in a beauty contest?

…Yep! Just dug out our board. $10. (Sorry to be a pedant.)

(Who am I kidding – I’m never SORRY about being a PEDANT.)

June 27, 2008 at 1:55 am

You’re totally right. I saw my mistake when I was doing some research for my accompanying blog post, and I corrected it.

June 27, 2008 at 9:53 am

I totally never knew any rule about a Free Parking Jackpot. How would that work? Where does the money in the middle come from?!?

June 27, 2008 at 10:24 am

Bernie, that’s how we always played it. I too was completely upset to learn (some years ago) that it wasn’t an official Monopoly rule. I think it’s actually coded into the human genome – that’s why everyone plays it like that.

Bobagorof, the money would come from the Community Chest and Chance cards that made players pay to charities and such. The pile could get pretty hefty, too.

June 27, 2008 at 11:00 am

I almost always played with the Free Parking rule, bu I did also know it wasn’t a real rule. I wonder who ‘invented’ it. Did you also play with the Snake Eyes rule where if you rolled Snake Eyes you got one of each bill instead of rolling again?

I’m dismayed that the second prize card is gone in favor of some stupid reality show award. Booooo.

Let’s go Mets! (I’ll be there Sat/Sun, feed my family? what?)

Chef of the Future
June 27, 2008 at 11:59 am

It’s unclear whether Abe and Preston get in but they might. An early memory etched into my young impressionable brain is of the story of how my brother and sister scalped their way into the 1979 (?) Pink Floyd The Wall concert at Nassau Coliseum with $7 Islander tickets they bought for a then unheard of amount of $50. And to tie this in the other way, why don’t they tear down Nassau Coliseum? THAT would make sense.

June 27, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I played with the "Free Parking" rule too. Although I haven’t played in years and don’t own a copy of the game anymore, if I did get one it would have to be an old version. Screw that updated crap. Classic is the best. And if I land on Free Parking, I’m taking the money, dammit! :D

June 27, 2008 at 1:19 pm

I remember learning about the Free Parking rule and the Snake Eyes rule in grade school, between 4th and 6th grade.

Last year, someone introduced me to the most annoying house rule ever, no one can trade or sell properties to other players until all the properties have been bought. It took us 2 hours just to start trading, and even then, it was just painful.

And I think that they’re tearing the stadiums down for newer, bigger ones… and more money or something.

June 27, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Every time someone pulls that card I HAVE to say that the contest was out of 2 people.

June 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm

they’re tearing down the stadium cuz structurally its about to collapse. The only thing I don’t approve of is that the city gave them huge sums of money to build the new one. The US open tennis center was entirely paid for by the USTA and they only have a 2 week event there. Meanwhile baseball season lasts like 7 months.

June 27, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Hi, I’m from England and we also have always played with the free parking rule, My brother taught it to me, I taught it my niece. I’m fairly sure all my older brothers played by it, not sure who taught them, but yeah I think it’s hardcoded into our DNA, especially since it traverses oceans, maybe they played that way in Babel?
"Thou hast landed on income tax, thou must payest 3 goats and a chicken."

Army of Darkness
June 27, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Never played monopoly, I prefered Jenga or shooting at seaguls with my airrifle; headshot @ 40 yards = winner!

June 27, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Great strip Bern, you’ve mellowed my day from a shade of blue to something near violet.

June 28, 2008 at 1:15 am

I used to always play with the Free Parking jackpot rule too! But then when I tried to find it in the rules one day it wasn’t there! My life pretty much ended at that moment. I can’t remember who it was who taught me the Jackpot rule. I think it might just be a kind of instinctive thing, like we humans are hard-wired to play Monopoly with the Free Parking Jackpot rule. I’m sure I read about some study they did that proved that it was. It swear I read it…somewhere…in the newspaper…of my imagination.

June 28, 2008 at 8:48 am

Every time someone pulls that card I HAVE to say that the contest was out of 2 people.


I must remember this…..

Along the same lines i used to tell people that if they entered a "Worlds biggest loser" contest, they would come second… because there a loser!

June 28, 2008 at 11:24 am

lol wrote:
because there a loser!

Where are a loser?

Army of Darkness
June 28, 2008 at 1:36 pm

lol’s spelling am loser.

I believe he ment to type they’re..

For future reference:

Their = possesive, belonging to, EG: their shoes.

There = directional, placement, EG: over there.

They’re = abbreviation of they & are EG: they’re a loser.

Thankyou for your time….

June 28, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Yeah thanks for that Mrs. Crandell (my year 2 English teacher).

I will ensure i spell correctly on this here interweb site.

June 29, 2008 at 7:18 am

@Army. I believe you’ll find that the correct punctuation of "e.g." is to follow it with a comma, and not with a colon. Also, it is usually italicised and always in lowercase letters.

Thank you for your time.

June 29, 2008 at 9:39 am

Here in Italy, no one I have so far asked has ever heard of the Free Parking Jackpot Rule…
… weird how, after wanting to post on so many occasions, but being too lazy to register, it’s Monopoly that forces me to get off my virtual ass…

June 29, 2008 at 11:28 am

Army of Darkness, you have won second place in a Grammar Nazi contest. Collect $10. ;)

June 29, 2008 at 12:10 pm

ya know, not only do i play with the "free parking = huge gobs of money" rule (my older sister introduced me), but i’m 99% sure it’s in a Windows version of the game, too. i swear it was one of the options, along with the "no trading until all properties are owned" rule. i used to play it all the time, and i remember the wonderful .wav of nickels and dimes when i hit the spot.

i can’t play it anymore though; game’s too old and won’t work on any of my machines. you’re right, progress sucks.

Army of Darkness
June 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I tried dammit, but I failed to outsmart someone…

**hangs head in shame, cries a little**

At least I can speak about myself in the third-person convincingly, hu-ha!


July 1, 2008 at 8:37 pm

I am almost certain there are versions of the game that mention the free parking jackpot as an "optional rule".

I remember playing both ways as a kid. And that awful restriction on trading before all properties are sold. Bleh.

The most fun is playing "anything goes". Any kind of bargaining tools could be used, including limited immunities from paying rent, that sort of thing.

BTW, could you give us a brush up on "your" and "you’re"?

Rikugan Chui Bloo
July 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm

I once played online Monopoly. It was a lot more boring than shooting fish in a barrel. Seriously, who does that shit?

July 1, 2008 at 10:57 pm

You, once 8)

Also how did the free parking rule even start?

January 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm

hey, i’m well late to this party but couldn’t help but chip in with my 2 cents if anyone is still gonna read posts on comics this far back. we never used to play the free parking jackpot rule when i was a kid until we played with my auntie and uncle and they taught us. my family doesn’t usually play it (but they do play a rule where you have to go once round the board before you can buy any properties. also my brother cheats. 2 reasons why i never play with my family any more.), but i do when i play it with friends. obviously the people at parker bros. are aware of the free parking rule cos on the playstation monopoly game you can play it, and not only that but you can choose to have a minimum amount that the chance/community chest/tax money builds on top of (you don’t need to worry about running out of money on the ps!). me and my mates always set it to £750 (cos we’re british, guvnor), and by the end of our 5 hour long drunken game we all have about £10 000 and give up.

and i know anyone who hasn’t played it is probably sceptical (i was too a few years back) but actually monopoly on the playstation is the cat’s pyjamas. no setting up, no keeping an eye on little bro to make sure he isn’t pinching money from the bank, no running out of houses or notes, no mistakes, and best of all no bartering. if you don’t have enough money you can’t owe your mum a few quid. you’re dead mate. pure militance.
oh, plus you can play with dinosaurs and space ships if you get bored of the classic pieces.
bam! x

Bernie H.
January 31, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Chxxlie, thanks for your great post. I have no idea what I’m gonna do with all that knowledge but I sure am glad to have it now.

June 7, 2010 at 2:30 am

What the– that rule’s not in the rulebook?? IT’S CANDLE COVE ALL OVER AGAIN.

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