Progressive Monopoly

Chapter 5.  When I was the Government


If the experience of playing Progressive Monopoly under the rule of Mark and Ann had taught me anything, it was that being too aggressive wasn’t fun for the other players, but doing too much rescuing wasn’t any better.

I committed to finding the middle road – the “just right” Goldilocks ideal. Firm but fair. Supportive without stifling. And I thought I could do just that.

My first “policy” was to reward financially sound transactions, but that made it look like I was favoring Mark (the more experienced and therefore better player) over his sister. To “level the playing field,” I tapered off rewarding Mark and began finding ways to encourage Ann to stay engaged. . . .

My final "policy" was to tax each player $1 and simultaneously credit them with a $1 Economic Stimulus . . . .

Emotionally, though, this constant evaluating, correcting, and reevaluating was exhausting for me. . . .



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