The Game

August 14, 2007

As some of you may know my family has this obsession with monopoly. It originates from my dads side of the family, and from what I have been told, (my family owned a corner store) back when my dad was like 46 and his sons were around 15 they used to play monopoly on friday nights, while digging into the shops large supply of sweets. Games often started at 6:00 in the pm and finish by 6:00 in the am. My nonno (grandfather), who I never met as he died a few years before I was born, then had to run the shop after a quick freshening up. Nonetheless this wasn’t ordinary monopoly, there were various alterations to cards and slight rule changes. My nonno and his sons often voice recorded the games, but unfortunately these tapes haven’t survived. Hundreds of family anecdotes, challenging Sylvia’s, were told and nowadays when myself, my dad and two uncles play these are often retold with great emotion. Anyway from about 1985 till about 2005 mononpoly was non-existent. Myself, Martha, Rodman and my mum always went together and mum didn’t fancy the idea of waiting around while we play a long game. Anyway soon we started playing it more and myself and dad made the 30 minute trip on our own. Massive rule changes were undertaken to the extent that if a rulebook were written, which I am considering, it would take huge amounts of time and would be very extended. Anyway we play the game on average maybe 1-2 times a week and have a running scoreboard of the past champions. Some of the games developments are just ridiculous. What I like about it is our version involves a lot more skill than normal monopoly which is largely dependant on the roll of the dice. The best part is playing while enjoying nonna’s famous pastas and going through a litre of apple juice per night. Occasionally the game gets very heated but no fights have occured yet which is good. I cannot count the amount of times i have made that same drive down the Hume Highway to my relatives house. I think if i move from Sydney next year, that is what I will miss most. I’m sure I have missed out on lots but if i remember something important i will add it.

:: By huw bizzle 5 Comments


  1. i didn’t realise just how often you play… you’ve gone monopoly feral

    Comment by mizzle — August 15, 2007 #

  2. lawl i hate monopoly! its such a brutal game! maybe its not so brutal the way you play it…i think ive only ever won once when i bought one of each colour house so that no-one could make hotels or anything! -worked quite well cos no-one could do anything.

    Comment by Jo — August 15, 2007 #

  3. do u play pants off mode yet

    Comment by winky — August 16, 2007 #

  4. only once. It was a really hot summer night, like 30 degrees or something. And my dad went pants off mode. Only he has dared to do it so far.

    Comment by huw bizzle — August 16, 2007 #

  5. mad he should get extra money or properties

    Comment by winky — August 17, 2007 #

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