Monopoly Here and Now is an updated version of the real-estate game with money that reflects today's economy as well as properties based on famous United States landmarks. Gameplay is still similar to earlier versions of the game with players purchasing property and attempting to bankrupt their opponents.
Set up the game by having each player choose a token and place it on “Go.” One player will act as the banker and be in charge of handing out and taking money. Each player begins with fifteen million dollars, which should the banker should hand out with two each of the $5,000,000, $1,000,000 and $500,000 bills, six $200,000 bills, and five each of the $100,000, $50,000, and $10,000 bills. Each player rolls the dice, with the highest roller going first.
The first player begins by rolling both dice and moving that number of spaces on the board. No properties can be bought during the first trip around the board. On the second trip, properties can be purchased by paying the banker the amount listed on the space. The player will be awarded the Deed to the property and any player who lands on that space will owe rent to the owner. If a player purchases all the available property of one color, he can build up to four houses or one hotel on each property, which means players will need to pay more rent to the owner. Owning any of the four Airports or the two service providers will also award players money, though no houses or hotels can be built on these spaces.
If a player lands on “Go To Jail” they must go to the “Jail” space and remain there until they either roll doubles, use a “Get Out of Jail Free” card or pay $500,000. If after three turns you are still in jail, you will have to pay $500,000 and then roll to move. Landing on the “Free Parking” space yields no punishment or reward. This space offers a brief reprieve for players. Any time a player lands on “Go” or passes it by, they are awarded $2,000,000 from the bank. This money is not awarded if the player passes “Go” on his way to jail.
Landing on either Community Chest or Chance will allow you to draw one card from the corresponding pile. These cards might award you with money, give you “Get Out of Jail Free” card or force you to pay money to other players. Landing on the Income Tax or Credit Card Interest space will require you to pay the listed sum of money to the bank.
The winner is either the last player to be left with money or the player with the most money at the end of a set amount of time. During the game, if a player runs out of money they can mortgage property to the bank for extra money. Mortgaged property does not accrue rent so any player who lands on this space does not owe money to the owner.
Dan Chruscinski has written pieces for both business and entertainment venues. His work has appeared in "Screen Magazine" as well as websites such as Starpulse.com. Chruscinski graduated in 2006 with a degree in English literature from Illinois State University.