The Strategy to Win Monopoly Almost Every Single Time Has Been Shared Online
Thanks to a huge range of clever and creative new titles on the market, board-games are cooler than they’ve ever been. Whether you’re playing a shiny new game or an old classic like Monopoly, one thing hasn’t changed. The best way to win is simply to play like a deadest f***wit.
A recent post on Reddit, explores something called The Elfer Technique. Now, the Elfer Technique is designed specifically for Monopoly and it essentially teaches players to play the game like a greedy capitalist douchebag. The technique takes advantage of the classic family game’s purpose for existing: to show everyone that capitalism is bad and will lead to you destroying your friends and family in the quest for money.
Basically, when you use the Elfer technique, you just buy up all the houses – and nothing else. There’s a little more to it, but that’s the basic gist. It’s kind of a cock-block. As there are only 32 houses in the game – and the rulebook states that you shouldn’t substitute other items in to expand that number – having all the houses stops other people from having them. Without houses people can’t build hotels, and in turn that means they have to give you all their bloody money while you sit back and scoff at them through your monocle.
There’s a little more to it, but you can read all the fine details yourself here in a post titled The Secret Way to Win at Monopoly and Infuriate Your Friends Every Time. If you are the kind of person who still plays Monopoly and hates people you’ll love it.
If you happen to play more modern, and let’s be honest, better games the essence of this rule still applies: cock-block the f*** out of everyone who plays and destroy the spirit of the game. If your game is Carcassonne do everything you can to box in your opponents farmers, turn roads into dead ends and make their cities unfinishable. Your friends will love you for it. You’ll impede their ability to score points and you’ll be able to use and reuse your own meeple to keep stacking up points of your own.
If, as the Urbo article explains, you’re a Ticket to Ride player, choke off their railways and ignore the train line cards as much as you can. Again, it’s not about playing the game to share joy and competition, it’s about f***ing the other guys as hard as you can and ensuring you win.
With that in mind, here’s the 8-step process behind the Elfer Technique.
- Buy any property you can get your hands on
- Use trades to win the game’s first monopoly
- Start building houses
- Develop a second monopoly
- Houses, houses, houses (two – three houses on each monopoly, do not buy hotels)
- Protect your assets (build your nest-egg)
- Only accept cash for rent (force others to mortgage their properties)
- Build more monopolies until everyone else gives up.
As stated above, you can get the full lowdown on the technique here. Just be warned, your friends will hate you, you’ll suck the joy out of games night and you’ll be a total f***-knuckle.