Shortest-possible Monopoly game

Here's the Scatterplot blog's recipe for playing a complete game of Monopoly in 21 seconds. Which is about as long as anyone should have to endure a game of Monopoly. (What a dumb game: as someone pointed out at The Story event, it takes forever to play, there's virtually no skill involved, and you can tell who's going to win a long, long time before it's finally over).

We went away to a rented country house last weekend for a friend's birthday and there was, of course, a Monopoly set. Which got me thinking: there are Monopoly sets everywhere: someone should figure out a Cheapass Games-style set of alternate rules for a really fun game that treats all that monoponalia as free infrastructure: a given that every household will have a box full of fake money, miniature houses and hotels, and so on.

Player 1, Turn 1:

Roll: 6-6, Lands on: Electric Company
Action: None, Doubles therefore roll again

Roll: 6-6, Lands on: Illinois Avenue
Action: None, Doubles therefore roll again

Roll: 4-5, Lands on: Community Chest "Bank error in your favor, Collect $200″
Action: Collects $200 (now has $1700)

The Shortest Possible Game of Monopoly: 21 Seconds
(via Kottke)