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Last night was Family Game Night.

For Jaden’s birthday, he got a Monopoly Transformers Collectors Edition.


For the most part, it’s still Monopoly – the prices are the same, the board layout and property colors are the same, and the rules are the same.  It’s just Transformer-ized.  I haven’t ever played any of the “branded” Monopoly games, so I didn’t know what to expect, but it was enjoyable.  To save us from dragging the game out into the wee hours of the night, we played the accelerated rules — hand out 4 random properties to each player at the beginning.

Jaden did well, especially with our guidance of when to buy houses (called Energon Cubes) and hotels (called Anti-matter).  He also was able to purchase the two dark blue spots, the most expensive and sought-after properties in Monopoly – Boardwalk (called Cybertron) and Park Place (called Earth).  He’s very good with money, and that made him quite a talent (called lucky) at this game.

However, there was one specific turn that really stood out in our minds.  Mom had landed on her own railroad (called Transports) on a previous turn, and was looking forward to passing Go to collect her $200.


What does she roll? Doubles. But not just any doubles.  She rolls 1-1, and lands right on Jaden’s property Earth, with Anti-Matter (hotel) on it.


For those of you who don’t recall what Park Place’s rent is with a hotel, let me remind you


$1500 dollars.  Mom had to pay her son $1500.  This mother, who painstakingly brought him into this world, fed him, nurtured him, and is always there to protect him from the nasties, has to turn around and pay her own son rent. HER OWN SON.

Jaden’s eyes went big and LOVED the whole thing.  He was beaming with the big $500 bills and all those yellow $100 bills.  The kid loves money of all kinds, and Transformers cash is some of the best of all.

Well, as you know, in Monopoly, rolling doubles mean you roll again.

And she rolled another set of Doubles.

And you already know what’s coming, right?




She rolls the absolute worst roll out of 36 possibilities.  Twice.

If you thought rent on Earth was bad, wait until you see the cost of living on Cybertron:


In one turn, she’s out $3500.

Amazingly enough, she was able to survive for a few turns after that.  However, she was the first one out, and Jaden ended up with all of her properties, hotels, houses and cash.  I was the next casualty of the Autobot/Decepticon battle, and it was left to Caitlin and Jaden to duke it out.  They kept playing for a while and decided to leave the board overnight to continue this morning.

Another game we play is Trivial Pursuit on the PS3.

Got any suggestions for our next Family Game Night?

And lo, the people did comment thus:


  1. shiny says:

    We bought a game a few years back after playing it atour friends’ home — called “Triopoly.” It’s very similar to Monopoly but uses a three-tiered game board. The property bundles are based on different cities in the USA, which has a bit of novelty in itself. I don’t think there’s a Transformers edition, however…

    Another game my family has become enamored with is the very traditional game of “Mancala.” It involves a board with indentations where one moves certain amounts of stones between them. (You can also find the iPhone app for further explanation.) Simple yet strategic and addictive.

    I’m glad your version of Monopoly didn’t hyper-inflate the property prices. 🙂
    .-= shiny´s last blog ..28 Days Later =-.

    • Kris says:

      Mancala is the cat’s meow. You can do it anywhere replace pieces with just about anything (small enough to fit in the pod) and can even make your own recyclable one out of an egg carton and pebbles, pennies, or marbles. My kids started playing this around 3 years old and haven’t stopped…and they’re almost teens. I’d have to say Mancala is indeed strangely addictive.

  2. Kris says:

    Oh boy! Sounds like the perfect night. (Did she at least use the mom guilt on him? LOL!)

  3. Geekytaitai says:

    My sons and I used to play Monopoly on snow days. I usually lost too!

  4. Finn says:

    We have the Star Wars edition. I find it excrutiating. I do rather enjoy “Operation” on the Wii though. It’s part of a Family Game Night package my son got for Christmas.
    .-= Finn´s last blog ..Below =-.

  5. kapgar says:

    That’s when you just roll over and say, “I’m done.”
    .-= kapgar´s last blog ..I get lost… =-.

  6. Sybil Law says:

    I am SO not a game person, but the Macala or whatever thing sounds very interesting!

  7. Avitable says:

    Transformers Monopoly sounds awesome. I always prefer playing the Star Wars version over the original.

    I suggest Pictionary or Scattergories. Is that too advanced? What about Uno?
    .-= Avitable´s last blog ..Kiss my blarney stones =-.

  8. marilyn says:

    We like scrabble and both Jasmine and I are improving our spelling.
    .-= marilyn´s last blog ..Happy Green Day =-.

  9. bubblewench says:

    OOH! We love game nights! Have you ever tried Scene it? That’s awesome. Trouble, Mousetrap, SORRY!, and of course, Cranium! That’s one of our all time group faves! Also for a great group card game, we play Killer Bunnies, fun and safe for kids too.
    .-= bubblewench´s last blog ..Borked =-.

  10. martymankins says:

    Two suggestions: Triominos and Pictionary were always fun for multiple players. Especially Pictionary. Very fun to try and make out what people draw.
    .-= martymankins´s last blog ..Top 9 Albums Of The Decade – 2000-2009 =-.

  11. Sheila says:

    My son loves to play Old Skool games – Twister, Connect Four, Checkers, things like that. I am pretty sure he wants to play Twister all the time so that he can heckle his old parents about their complete lack of bendiness.

    If he wants to play games with me, they have to be of the non-electronic variety because I’m hopeless when it comes to video games unless it’s Mario Bros. or Duck Hunt.

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