The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Jesse Fuchs and Monopoly


This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Jeff talks to Jesse Fuchs about Monopoly. Jesse is a proffessor at the NYU Game Center and held a speech entitled “Does Monopoly suck?” and Jeff talks to him about games in general, the invention of Monopoly, and how to play Auction-Monopoly.

“Every culture that started flipping a bone and saying if it comes up heads god likes me more, if it comes up tails god likes you more, whatever sort of fate divination thing they come up with, you just see this inevitable evolution of it into ‘well lets make it 2 out of 3’, and then you start keeping track with pegs in the ground, and then those pegs become the focus and all of a sudden you have a roll and move game.” - Jesse Fuchs on how roll and move game can be seen in every culture in the world.

“The answer to ‘does monopoly suck?’ is it depends on what version you are talking about. The point of the talk in some way was getting at the idea that there is only one true version of a game, and that people should adapt these things for their own purposes, and they should not regard as there being any authority to official Monopoly.” - Jesse Fuchs on why he held his speech.

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