How to Adapt Your Strategy

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Reader Comments (28)

The one who agrees to play Monopoly has already lost.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

The opposite of this happens whenever I play Monopoly with my little brother. Every game offers a new and different win by my brother. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure he doesn't even know how to play. I guess that says something about me. Huh.

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

The best strategy is to purchase the orange properties and the railroads. Then sit back and watch the fools suffer.

I won far too many times at this game.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

The best way to win at Monopoly is to read the rules. Most players don't. There're a few quirky rules that give you a big edge if no one else knows about them.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAncient.Brit

It's obvious that Scott is cheating - just look at all the properties and cash he has in the first panel!

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJL

Monopoly is a game with some problems Most notable is that, when you start losing, you generally don't stop. You get behind in the beginning and then you spend the entire game losing, having your face rubbed into the dirt by the people in the lead.

In other words, it's perfect for Rick.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoland Jones

There are people who FINISH games of Monopoly? You sick bastards. You don't win Monopoly, you jostle back and forth, and wheedle deals tediously, until it is so dull that everyone but you forfeits!

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZee

@ James Hutchings

Very Zen.

(In our house, and probably many others, the game is known as 'Monotony')

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy


December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded


December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRandy March

Ahhh... All is right with the world, Rick is once again the brunt of the jokes.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

"when you start losing, you generally don't stop. You get behind in the beginning and then you spend the entire game losing, having your face rubbed into the dirt by the people in the lead."

Wait, is this also social commentary?

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFMA

This is why I hate Monopoly.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZelda

I've never known utilities to pay off. You can't build on them.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Once you have some properties, the best strategy is to try to go to jail for as long as possible, while others go around landing on spaces that cost them money, and paying you rent.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvelynS

@Roland Jones

That was the original point of the game. To illustrate the essential futility of existence in a capitalist economy...


Sorry to plug another cartoonist on your site but...

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAncient.Brit

"I do my best thinking out loud."
"So I hear."


December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSock Puppet

Wait - Scott can hear Rick's thoughts? He must be a telepathic alien! Where's Rocket Man when we need him???

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTin Foil Hat

"Strange game. The only way to win is not to play."
-- Joshua (from WarGames)

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

Monopoly just isn't Rick's game. Perhaps he should try "Sorry".
Or, in a crossover cartoon, he could challenge Ren and Stimpy to a game of, "Don't Whiz on the Electric Fence".

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Better defeat!

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

My family may be playing monopoly wrong. We tend to get through a game in an hour, hour and a half maybe. Maybe we just do deals really fast, or something.

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon


I'm not a sick bastard! Well, I am, but not in this case!!!!!!

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

I wish I could find it, but my all-time favourite Monopoly comic was the one where Rick brings a knife to the game. By far the funniest. Wonder if there will ever be a Monopoly comic pack like the superhero ones. :)

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Warlock

Ah Monopoly.

A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRizz Rustbolt

On an unrelated note, please do an instruction explaining WHY I just paid $30 to get "hi-res" versions of the same artwork, many more times, that I've already seen many, many,... many times. Merry Christmas Scott.

At least the writing is different! And you get the strips a month early. If you're unhappy with the subscription, we'll gladly do a refund. ~Missy

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

"I mortgage the Water Works" is never a phrase you want to say while playing Monopoly

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStevieB

Or you can just trick other players into buying your get out of jail free cards for $500. Works for me anyway. Also playing with all taxes and fees going under free parking. Sometimes, that can get a losing player out of a bad spot.

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDestructicon

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