Commonopoly Rules - Standard Game

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  • Equipment... The equipment consists of a board, 2 dice, 12 tokens, 32 small buildings and 12 large buildings, 32 trees and 12 parks, _ Shared Vision Cards. There are Chance and Community Chest cards, a Title Deed card for each property and a card carousel to hold them, and play money.
  • PREPARATION... Place the board on a table. Place the Chance and Community Chest cards on their allotted spaces on the board. Select a Shared Vision Card and place on the center of the board. Each player chooses one token to represent him/her while traveling around the board.

    Each player is given $1500 divided as follows: 2 each of $500's, $100's and $50's; 6 $20's; 5 each of $10's, $5's, and $1's. All remaining money and other equipment go to the Bank.

  • BANKER...Select as Banker a player who will also make a good Auctioneer. A Banker who plays in the game must keep his/her personal funds separate from those of the Bank. When more than fiver persons play, the Banker may elect to act only as Banker and Auctioneer.
  • THE BANK... Besides the Bank's money, the Bank holds the Title Deed cards (arranged by color group in the Title Deed carousel) and small and large buildings, trees and parks prior to purchase and use by the players. The Bank pays salaries and bonuses and contributions. It sells and auctions properties and hands out their proper Title Deed cards; it sells buildings and trees/parks to the players and loans money when required on mortgages.

    The Bank collects all taxes, fines, loans and interest, and the price of all properties which it sells and auctions. The Bank never "goes broke." If the Bank runs out of money, the Banker may issue as much more as may be needed by merely writing on any ordinary paper.

  • THE PLAY... Starting with the Banker, each player in turn throws the dice. The player with the highest total starts the play: Place your token on the corner marked "GO", throw the two dice and move your token in the direction of the arrow the number of spaces indicated by the dice. After you have completed your play, the turn passes to the left. The tokens remain on the spaces occupied and proceed from that point on the players next turn. Two or more tokens may rest on the same space at the same time.

    According to the space your token reaches, you may be entitled to buy real estate or other properties - or be obliged to pay rent, pay taxes, draw a Chance or Community Chest card, "Go to Jail," etc.

    If you throw doubles, you move your token as usual, the sum of the two dice, and are subject to any privileges or penalties pertaining to the space on which you land. Retaining the dice, throw again and move your token as before. If you throw doubles three times in succession, move your token immediately to the "In Jail" par of the "IN JAIL" - JUST VISITING corner space (see jail).

  • GO... Each time a player's token lands on or passes over GO, whether by throw of the dice or by drawing a card, the Banker pays him/her a $200 salary.

    The $200 is paid only once each time around the board. However, if you pass GO on the throw of the dice and land two spaces beyond it on Community Chest, or & spaces beyond it on Chance, and you draw the "Advance to GO" card, you collect $200 for passing GO the first time and another $200 for reaching it the second time by instructions on the card.

  • BUYING PROPERTY... Whenever you land on an unowned property, you may buy that property from the Bank at its printed price. You receive the Title Deed card showing ownership; place it face up in front of you.

    If you do not wish to buy the property, the Banker sells it at auction to the highest bidder. The buyer pays to the Bank the amount of the bid in cash and receives the Title Deed card for that property. Any player, including the one who declined the option of buying it at the printed price, may bid. Bidding may start at any price.

  • PAYING RENT... When you land on a property owned by another player, the owner collects a donation from you in accordance with the list printed on its Title Deed card.

    If the property is mortgaged, no rent can be collected. When a property is mortgaged, its Title Deed card is placed face down in front of the owner.

    It is an advantage to hold all the Title Deed cards in a color group (i.e., Boardwalk and Park Place; or Connecticut, Vermont and Oriental Avenues) because the owner may then charge double rent for unimproved properties even if another property in that color-group is mortgaged.

    It is even more advantageous to have buildings/trees on properties because donations are much higher than for unimproved properties.

  • "CHANCE" and "COMMUNITY CHEST"... When you land on either of these spaces, take the top card from the deck indicated, follow the instructions and return the card face down to the bottom of the deck.

    The "Get Out of Jail Free" card is held until used and then returned to the bottom of the deck. If the player who draws it does not wish to use it, he/she may sell it, at any time, to another player a a price agreeable to both.

  • "INCOME TAX"...If you land here you pay the bank $200.
  • JAIL... You land in Jail when: (1) your token lands on the space market "Go to Jail", (2) you draw a card marked "Go to Jail", or (3) you throw doubles three times in succession.

    When you are sent to Jail you cannot collect your $200 salary in that move since, regardless of where your token is on the board, you must move it directly into Jail. Your turn ends when you are sent to Jail.

    If you are not "sent" to Jail but in the ordinary course of play land on that space, you are "Just Visiting," you incur no penalty, and you move ahead in the usual manner on your next turn.

    You get out of Jail by: (1) throwing doubles on any of your next three turns; if you succeed in doing this, you immediately move forward the number of spaces shown by your doubles throw; even though you had thrown doubles, you do not take another turn; (2) using the "Get Out of Jail Free"card if you have it; (3) purchasing the "Get out of Jail Free: card from another player and playing it; or (4) paying a fine of $50 before you roll the dice on either of your next two turns.

    If you don't throw doubles by your third turn, you must pay the $50 fine. You then get out of Jail and immediately move forward the number of spaces shown by your throw.

    Even though you are in Jail, you may buy or sell property, buy or sell houses an hotels, and collect rents.

  • FREE PARKING"... A player landing on this place does not receive any money, property or reward of any kind. This is just a "free" resting place.
  • Small buildings / Trees...When you own all of the properties in a color-group you may buy small buildings or trees from the Bank and erect them on those properties.

    If you buy one small building, you may put it on any one of those properties. The next small building you buy must be erected on one of the unimproved properties of this or any other complete color-group you may own.

    The price you must pay the Bank for each house is shown on your Title Deed card for the property on which you erect the small building.

    The owner still collects double contributions from an opponent who lands on the unimproved properties of his/her complete color-group.

    Buildings may be sold back to the Bank at any time for one-half the price paid for them.

    All buildings on one color-group must be sold one by one, evenly, in reverse of the manner in which they were erected.

    All large buildings on one color-group may be sold at once. Or they may be sold one house at a time (one large building equals five small buildings), evenly, in reverse of the manner in which they were erected.

  • MORTGAGES...Unimproved properties can be mortgaged through the Bank at any time. Before an improved property can be mortgaged, all the buildings on all the properties of its color-group must be sold back to the Bank at half price. The mortgage value is printed on each Title Deed card.

    No donations can be accepted on mortgaged properties or utilities, but donations can be accepted on un-mortgaged properties in the same group.

    In order to lift the mortgage, the owner must pay the Bank the amount of the mortgage plus 10% interest. When all the properties of a color-group are no longer mortgaged, the owner may begin to buy back buildings at full price.

    The player who mortgages property retains possession of it and no other player may secure it by lifting the mortgage from the Bank. However, the owner may sell this mortgaged property to another player at any agreed price. If you are the new owner, you may lift the mortgage at once if yo wish by paying off the mortgage plus 10% interest to the Bank. If the mortgage is not lifted at once, you must pay the Bank 10% interest when you buy the property and if you lift the mortgage later you must pay the Bank an additional 10% interest as well as the amount of the mortgage.

  • BANKRUPTCY... You are declared bankrupt if you owe more than you can pay either to another player or to the Bank. If your debt is to another player, you must turn over to that player all that you have of value and retire from the game. In making this settlement, if you own houses or hotels, you must return these to the Bank in exchange for money to the extent of one-half the amount paid for them and this cash is given to the creditor. If you have mortgaged property, you also turn this property over to your creditor but the new owner must at once pay the Bank the amount of interest on the loan, which is 10% of the value of the property. The new owner who does this may then, at his/her option, pay the principal or hold the property until some later turn, then lift the mortgage. If he/she holds property in this way until a later turn, he/she must pay the interest again upon lifting the mortgage.

    Should you owe the Bank, instead of another player, more than you can pay (because of taxes or penalties) even by selling off buildings and mortgaging property, you must turn over all assets to the Bank. In this case, the Bank immediately sells by auction all property so taken, except buildings. A bankrupt player must immediately retire from the game.

  • MISCELLANEOUS... Money can only be loaned to a player by the Bank and then only by mortgaging property. No player may borrow from or lend money to another player.