Yes, you may have to mortgage Electric Company or dip into that stash of hundreds hidden under the game board. But after you make your big investment, there’s nothing finer than somebody landing right plum on it, right plum on their next turn.
And there’s always a new bit of tension on that first roll after a hotel enters the game, too. No more superquick circling and buying properties, collecting Get Out Of Jail cards, and winning beauty contests. No, now there’s a hotel on the board and you enter Round 2 of Monopoly, where the haves and have nots are quickly and ruthlessly divided.
When someone lands on the hotel you just built, the first thing they do is go real quiet and quickly pass the dice to the next player, sort of hoping you don’t notice that they’re squatting in your joint.
But you notice all right.
And maybe you’re even all polite and nonchalant about it, too.
“Oh, Marvin Gardens? Hold on a second, wait. Yeah sorry, uh, let’s see here. That’ll be $1200, please.”
“Yeah, sorry. It’s the hotel that does it.” (passing the property card over for inspection)
(inspecting property card) “That’s crazy. That’s like all my money. I might have to mortgage Baltic Avenue.”
“I’m sorry, man. I’ll take all the railroads instead if you want.”
(disgusted) “What, no way! Then I’ll just have Baltic and the blues. Forget it! That’s crazy!”
“Fine … $1200, please.”
(angrily and slowly counting out and handing you a thick stack of hundreds, twenties, tens, fives, and ones that barely add up to $1200, leaving them with only a few properties and two $10 bills leftover)