How to Create "House Rules"(rerun)

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I've been teaching my kids about the Occupy movement by playing "The 1% Monopoly". Anytime you pass Go and you have the most money, you get to "lobby government" to change any existing rule in your favour (e.g. negative community chest cards don't affect the owner of Mayfair). There has been a lot of crying, and I had to pepper spray my youngest when he complained it wasn't fair, but I think they are learning a valuable life lesson.

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShackleford Hurtmore

Where the baseball cap buy announces "we play for cash" still gets me.

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian


Monopoly was based on 'The Landlord's Game', which was actually "intended to illustrate the negative aspects of concentrating land in private monopolies" according to wikipedia.

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

Next time someone complains about my house euchre rules, I'm showing them this.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterarreff

Rerun, that last frame is fresh for me every time I look at it. Genius! Pure Genius.

Please say that came about because of an accident with a twister mat you still wanted to get some mileage out of, not that you destroyed a twister mat for that.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy B

Copyright 2007..argh...noooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...(sound of head exploding)

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

@Shackleford Hurtmore

I'm impressed with you, Shack - not many parents take such an interest in their kids' futures. They will be grateful to you one day. Without the life lessons you are teaching them they won't be able to afford the years of therapy they will need.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Typo in panel 1: ‘sunk’ instead of ‘sank’.

Panel 3 is gold! I need to copy this approach in every board game. (I also need to find some people to play with, but one thing at a time.)

Note from Scott: I deliberately chose to use "sunk" there. It sounds funnier. I didn't say it was a rational decision, just a deliberate one.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAankhen

1. Scott - Combining Battleship, Risk, and Clue with poker is pure genius. My family's attempts at house rules are quite feeble compared, I bow in your general direction. Awesome rerun, I really need to find time to look at your entire archive.

2. Shackleford - Best laugh on the page, you totally surprised me.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

legos for hotels? honestly, that is the best, simplest idea I've ever heard to make monopoly easier. And belive me, monopoly needs some help. though I'd like to see someone combine monopoly with risk. it would be like the global market is today: totally incomprehensible, and everyone ends up broke / owing each other money. the game would be over when everyone dies of radiation poisoning. wow, that got dark fast.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen in AZ

One of my favorites. But I think you should "Lucas" your older strips to use the new Rick. Maybe even have him shout "Nooooo!" before you punch him. Just a thought. Thanks for the laugh on a day when I needed it.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

I've played that version of twister in the last panel. It's funner than you'd think but you have to have the right kind of friends to play.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

I can't believe I missed this one. It kind of reminds of Calvinball, in a very good way.

I really wanna stay in a two story hotel with wheels and a human head.

Shackleford Hurtmore is one of the worlds' great dads, and political theorists.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrip Hazard

Strips like this make me wish I knew more people with whom I could share Basic Instructions; it's so good. Shackleford Hurtmore's comment made me laugh like a fool. Guess I'll just have to settle for being part of the fan base.

Scott, I don't mind reruns. Even if I have read everything in the archives, the reruns can still surprise me.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermolly

I like "sunk" instead of "sank" because "sunk" is much more onomatopoeia-ically representationalousable of the action happening, namely that of gurgling into the depths of the ocean. The word "sank" just doesn't have that.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThom

my lovely ex-wife and i decided to turn scrabble into a strip drinking game, just me and her, one year for my birthday, on christmas eve...we should have added betting on who makes the least attractive naked drunk

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersir bunny gah

Note from Scott: I deliberately chose to use "sunk" there. It sounds funnier. I didn't say it was a rational decision, just a deliberate one.

Ah, fair enough. I’ve seen so many people swap the two out of ignorance that I’ve lost perspective. :-(

Note from Scott: No problem. It happens. Let's be honest, you won't go broke betting that I made a mistake.

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAankhen


You making mistakes lets us all feel better about ourselves cuz we seeing someone enjoying some success who still knows what it is like to be the little guy.

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAC

I would love the house rules to your Risk-Poker-Clue-Battleship game.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMP

You shanked my Jenga-jam!

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterByron Black

"You sunk my battleship!" Was the classic tagline of the "Battleship" game commercials back in the day, so it was the perfect choice. See Youtube for numerous examples.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

A good addition to Shackleford's "The 1% Monopoly" would be that anytime you pass Go and don't have the most money you can protest by insisting that the player with the most money give it to you. You can also keep the dice away from other players while telling them that you're helping them (Sorry, whatever problem you have with the distribution of the wealth, the way to deal with it is not to block roadways and get in my way to tell me that you're representing me).

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Unbalanced Rules are not a bad thing.
Some games like Cosmic Encounter are great because the rules are unbalanced.

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrenee

Your variation of Twister is simply brilliant, depending on the players it could even be more fun than mine (although I eliminate the mat altogether).
Maybe we could go in together on a small run of cheap painter's coveralls with the spots silkscreened on (the paint keeps flaking off my homemade ones).

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpenumbrage

You forgot a dash in the URL (I guess the title of the comic strip file) before the "rerun". Usually it's : "-rerun.html" :)

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave
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