Previously, in The Top 11 Classic Monopoly Player Pieces – Part One, we discussed the fastest and easiest way to lose a game of Monopoly: By choosing one of those six inferior pieces. The good news is that you don’t have to choose any of those pieces. There are eleven Monopoly pieces to choose from, and Monopoly is a game for 2-6 players. As long as you choose one of these six pieces, you’ve practically won the game already against the ignorant riff-raff who chose to play The Ship.
Oh, hold it. We appear to have a snag. Monopoly boxes vacillate on how many people can play the game. The original game says… well, it didn’t list the upper number of players… I guess that’s where the confusion stems from. But most modern boxes say from 2-8 players. That means that if you’re unlucky and are forced into last choice of token, you’ll need to use some fancy reverse psychology to keep your opponent’s greasy hands away from these bad boys…
We’re at the halfway point, which means that The Sack of Money is as middle of the road as you can get. Introduced in 1999, The Sack of Money was voted in by the players over a piggy bank and a biplane. So I have the whole lot of you to thank that I can’t run around the board squealing like a pig, or run around my living room, biplane in hand, shooting down The Red Baron. Thanks, internet community.
The Bag of Money, getting back on point, is an odd token. It’s like I’ve already won. I got this bag of money. If I lose (and let’s face it, unless I’m a tactical genius, the odds are against me), I’ve still come out a winner, because I still got an overflowing sack of cash, and no one can take that away from me (except, maybe, the owner of the game). It’s like playing ‘Deal or No Deal’, choosing the minimum amount of suitcases I need to open, and yelling ‘Deal!’ before the banker has a chance to give his offer. I’m going to walk out a winner.
It’s nice to know that The Sack of Money isn’t going to screw anything up, but unless that fella puts everything on the line, he will never be a Rockefeller, just be a spoiled rich kid. The sort of person who can buy subservience, but never loyalty. Loyalty costs a lot of money.