While we love spending time with our families over the holidays, there are those moments where everyone gets fed up or angry…especially when you’re playing a game of Monopoly.
Fear not, however, as Monopoly has set up a dedicated hotline to help solve any family disputes that you might be having.
While the popular property board game has been through a few changes in recent memory, like, for example, the addition of an ATM machine, we still can’t get enough of it. It’s a classic. We also love when they do special editions of it, too, like their Star Wars ones (even if they did forget to include one particular character), and we totally swooned over this one reddit user who made a custom version of the game to propose to his girlfriend.
Despite this, however, it seems that most of us still don’t really know the proper rules to Monopoly. In fact, Hasbro, the makers of the game, conducted a survey of 2000 adults and found that most of them weren’t familiar with the game’s rules at all.
According to a list of the main causes of arguments that occur when people are playing Monopoly, Hasbro revealed that the number one cause of family disputes was the fact that people made up their own rules to the game.
Along with making up your own rules, Hasbro claimed that bust ups occur when people become cocky when they’re winning, over who gets to be the banker, and the choice over which token to be.
So, to counteract any family fights over the holiday period, the toymakers have set up a dedicated hotline for people to call to help diffuse any potentially explosive situations.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a U.S. specific number to call, but if you’re into making overseas calls (or use Skype), you can totally call Hasbro to support any festive casualties that might occur over the holidays. The number is +44 800 689 4903.
However, we might recommend that you give Monopoly a miss if you’re family are prone to arguments. Either that or print out a fresh copy of the rules and familiarize yourself and all those playing with them.
Check out the top 10 main reasons for arguments when playing Monopoly below:
1. People making up rules
2. People being too cocky when winning
3. Someone buying a property you want, even when they don’t need it
4. People taking too long to take their turn
5. Someone stealing from the bank
6. Someone deliberately mis-counting their move
7. Who gets to be the banker
8. The property auction process
9. Choice over tokens
10. What the rules of “Free Parking” are