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After three hours of intense gameplay and everyone needing to get up in the morning for work, friends James Hilden, Olivia Stern, Theresa Gibbons, and Troy Natick agreed to call their Tuesday night game of Monopoly a four-way draw, neglecting to count money and properties to determine a winner and ending the game on good terms.
According to reports, the participants shook hands and even smiled and laughed with one another while cleaning up afterwards, never once mentioning the status of the game or who would’ve won.
“Once I saw the time, I said ‘whoa!’” explains Hilden, 26, who suggested the friends play and hosted at his apartment. “We’d been going at it for a long time, but everyone agreed it was best to stop.”
By game’s end the board was littered with monopolies, with houses going up on seemingly every turn and hefty rent payments being doled out accordingly. Tensions were high, with each roll of the dice holding that player’s very fate on its spotted faces.
“I haven’t gone that far with a game of Monopoly in a long time,” said Stern, 27, who held three separate monopolies and could sense victory, clearly maintaining the strongest position amongst the four players. “But it was so fun! I’m really glad we got together to do this.”
The stoppage in play was also tough on Gibbons, 25, who had secured the coveted Boardwalk-Park Place monopoly and was in the process of financing hotels on each property.
“I really thought I had a shot at it, because everyone was landing on those spaces like crazy,” Gibbons said. “But oh well. It is getting late. Hope I get the same thing next time!”
Sources say that despite the game’s riveting competition the mood was jovial throughout, as the friends joked with one another and regularly offered each other refills on drinks, reminded one another of the rules, and provided measured bartering advice, even on trades they weren’t involved in.
Perhaps the most dramatic moment of the game occurred when Hilden accidentally moved his piece ten paces instead of his rolled 11, calling for a momentary recount and a corrected placement that caused him to pay $200 in rent. Hilden apologized for the error and was immediately forgiven by the other players.
“It was an honest mistake, but I’m glad they corrected me on it,” Hilden said. “Good, clean, honest fun, that’s what Monopoly is all about.”
The unquestioned beneficiary of the draw was Natick, 25, who had traded a number of his properties to acquire a monopoly on the board’s railroads based on a strategy he learned of online, but was nevertheless hemorrhaging funds by the time the game was finally called.
“I’m a little disappointed that strategy didn’t work, but it was fun trying it out,” Natick said. “I still think it’s a good option, so maybe I’ll try it some other time.”
At press time there were no plans for a subsequent game to be played, but everyone expressed enthusiasm at the idea of doing it again sometime soon.