Monopoly is a classic game we all grew up with; it marks our first instances of dealing with real finances. Its impact is real — I’m pretty sure that’s how the founders of Airbnb came up with the idea of having homeowners charge others for stepping onto their properties. We rejoice at the chance to afford houses and build hotel chains — and people wonder why this current population is so materialistic and obsessed with worldly gains.
Though billed as entertainment, a game of Monopoly can quickly get contentious. It severs familial ties, and teaches the wrong lesson that money comes with the roll of a dice. If money is the root of evil, then Monopoly multiples that root and further compounds it like bank interest. It conjures up your darkest thoughts, making you want to commit crimes like murder or flipping the entire board game and cursing your loved ones. Here are some tips on how to keep your emotions in check when playing Monopoly.