Strategizing towards your goal

by MonopolyHQ on October 9, 2009 · 26 comments

Mindobserver posted a great question in our status check post yesterday:

My big question now is: What’s my goal? Do I try to stay atop my local leaderboard? Or do I go for something more flashy? Like buy up all the streets in my hometown. Or try to collect famous streets like Brooklyn Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. Or see how many sub-$1M streets I can buy before I crash the game. Or just sit and collect cash until the day that Mr. Monopoly opens bidding on the reserved streets.

What’s your goal?

As with many things in life, it really helps if you plan things with the end in mind. The game ends January 31st, 2010. It won’t go on forever, where do you want to be at the finish line?

If all of us play status quo with our current strategies, I don’t expect much to dramatically change before it’s all over.

Do you plan on being on top of the local / national / global leaderboard? How do you prepare for and respond to retaliation? I find the intimidation factor of a ridiculous number of bonus buildings on key streets really sucks the life out of would-be attackers.

Do you have a strategy in place to slowly sneak up on top towards the end? Some players are playing low key just below the leaderboard. I’m leaning more towards this currently. Building dense lower immediate-return more expensive buildings (like sky high towers) will help you get an edge as other players have to clear and rebuild as tax starts making a huge dent.

Are you a neighborhood or key street collector? I can tell you all of them are already taken. But trades will be necessary if you want to have these bragging rights at the end. I wouldn’t be afraid of making offers to cheaters either. The truth is there’s no fun in cheating, deep down they know it’s a hollow way of playing and many of them started playing and I’ve noticed some have become inactive (or in jail). Cheaters happen to have some of the very best streets out there, make an offer anyways.

Are you just messing around and testing the limits of the game? Go for it… just don’t ruin the game for the rest of us. Report bugs please as well, so this game can be top-notch the next time around. And better yet, if you’re done and happen to have some nice property, please do pass it along rather than just going inactive. What alliances might you need to really take down your competition towards the end?

Overall, I don’t think it’s that hard to come up with a solid intentional strategy. With 3+ months to go, what score do you want to be at? How much in rental return on how many streets? You can break it down in one, two, and three month goals. If your goal is to be at 2 billion daily return – you might want to aim for 8 streets that make 300 million each. You probably won’t make 300 million on a 3 million dollar street – so you know you can drop it like it’s hot if you have one, or easily ignore it if you come by one.

Be ruthless with anything that is outside of your goals. And have a blast while you’re at it of course!

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1 Brian W. October 9, 2009 at 10:44 am

What’s your goal?
I don’t know- other than to play each and every day and maximize my net worth. Cheesy answer, but all I have. But for now, there are no other goals. I can’t say “I want to be in the Top 100, or Top 10%” because those stats don’t exist.

Do you plan on being on top of the local / national / global leaderboard?
I think I am too far behind for now, which is a good thing. My streets are not protected enough. Right now, towards the end of my turn (when I have spent most of my money) I go Chance card farming by buying a small street, building green houses and trying to get bonus cards. From my reading, 10 bonus isn’t enough, 15 is pretty good, but 20 is a real deterrent. Between that an the Sky’s as mentioned above, that is my only shot and shooting towards the top. I also think that some people are going to start to get complacent and not log in every day, especially around the holidays. I am committed to log in every day, and know that many are going to start missing days, helping me leapfrog a billion dollars or more in value in one day. Hopefully by then, my streets will be protected enough.

Do you have a strategy in place to slowly sneak up on top towards the end?
I only build sky towers now. I filled my streets with cottages, then Grid’s, and was in the process of moving them up to Cube’s when I came to the realization that I might as well just go straight to Sky’s. I am going to have to sell these intermediate ones someday, why not just do it now. This strategy has also paid off because I blow through my money quicker and therefore less chance of catastrophic cards. Day 1 of this strategy payday was 500 mil, only lost 50. Day 2 – brought in 650 mil, didn’t lose any.

Are you a neighborhood or key street collector?
Shhh . . . don’t tell anyone – but I created a second account to buy a street (I am such a cheater) – 1 street – the street I live on. At some point towards the end of the game I will sell that to my main account and put a monopoly tower where my house is, and probably a prison where my a$$hole neighbor is and take a screen shot just for fun. For now, I am not willing to take the 3% hit just to own my home street since it is worth all of $400,00.

Are you just messing around and testing the limits of the game?
Nope, in fact I even stopped using scripts to build and clear. Since I am only building sky’s, its not like I have that much to do in a day, and it is actually faster sometimes to do it manually then to wait for the scripts, deal with the pop-ups about going to fast etc.

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2 MonopolyHQ October 9, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Brian, that’s totally hilarious! I love the neighbor bit… that’s just as good a reason as any. love it.

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3 Harper October 9, 2009 at 11:27 am

I’d not given it any thought, I suppose I’ll just keep plodding on doing what I’m doing.
I’m in no doubt I’ll be top of my local leaderboard as currently I am several Billion ahead of my closest rival and that gap is too big to bridge.

I tend to browse a certain area of America for my streets in an area that is constructed in a grid formation which means the streets are long and straight for maximum building potential, I’m not saying where specifically, you understand ;)

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4 MindObserver October 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I wish the game included leaderboards for more stats than just “score”:

* Most valuable street
* Most number of streets
* Most number of buildings on a single street
* Most number of buildings on all streets
* Most cash
* Most daily rent
* Most combined value of streets
* Most bonuses
* Most hazards

Maybe some scripters can extract such leaderboards and post them on a web site.

By the way, does anybody know exactly how score is calculated? Someone told me it’s just the value of assets plus cash, but that doesn’t explain players with scores in the billions and no streets or cash.

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5 MindObserver October 13, 2009 at 9:54 am

I found a site that does post some of these leaderboards.

http://monopoly.no-ip.org/index.php
(Sorry for the ads, but I’m not affiliated with the operator.)

MR MONOPOLY has the most valuable street, Avenida Las Condes worth $7.8B.

GOHEIM has the most streets. The site says 210, but his profile says 2715!

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6 Martin October 13, 2009 at 10:02 am

What about Venice Boulevard at 12.5 billion?

http://www.monopolycitystreets.com/game.html#-1183903039z340277648

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7 barfoo October 11, 2009 at 3:42 am

loads of long streets (10+mil) for sale at http://marketpoly.fridaycode.org/!

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8 TJ October 12, 2009 at 11:38 pm

My initial strategy was to earn as much money as possible on the longest streets I could find.

So far it’s working pretty well, although maybe a little too well. This afternoon I was only a few hundred million off of the national (USA) leaderboard, and with that will come an influx of hazards and building demolitions. So now I need to decide between continuing on the path that I’m on and just go all out, or slow it down a bit and try to stay off of the national leaderboard.

Thoughts?

I also just got an offer of $1bn on a street of mine. I bought it for $11m, is now worth $183m and brings in $129m in rent, although I haven’t even started to upgrade the buildings on it. I think I could get it up to a $3bn value, so I think I’ll ask for that.

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9 MindObserver October 12, 2009 at 11:59 pm

How much would it cost you to get that street up to $3B value? About $3B? And how much income will it bring?

I’d like to pick up some $10+M streets, since half of mine are only around $5M in length. I figured that getting such a street is more profitable than continuing to upgrade my shorter streets as long as I don’t pay more than $1B for the undeveloped street.

So I think asking for $3B is a little crazy. Or, rather, I think any buyer would be crazy to pay more than $1.5B. On the other hand, the desperation for long streets is only going to go up. So unless you have somewhere to spend whatever you sell the street for, you might be better off just keeping it.

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10 TJ October 13, 2009 at 1:37 am

Yeah it’d cost about $3bn to get up to that much and it’d probably end up getting at least $500m in rent from it, so I’d get my money back in just less than a week.

I asked him for $3bn because I’d gladly take the time and money it would take to get it there myself and then keep it, so I asked for more than I expect anyone to pay. If he accepts then I’m quids in. If he doesn’t, then I still have the street.

As for using that money, since I’m now Level 6 I could easily offload it all on my $20m street with Monopoly Towers, just so that the chance cards don’t get it.

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11 MindObserver October 13, 2009 at 9:30 am

Build Monopoly Towers? Why! If you already filled the street with Sky High Towers, then each upgrade to a Monopoly Tower costs you $85M for an extra $1M a day of income. If you manage to spend every dollar without a negative Chance card then that investment will start paying dividends around January 6th. If you lose a little, it won’t pay until February!

You would do better to just stop building anything once you get filled with Sky High Towers. So sell the street if it will help you finish developing others in the next couple weeks. Or keep the street if you’re running out of space.

I think the market’s going to go wacky soon when everybody upgrades 5 to 10 streets to Sky High Towers. Some people will continue upgrading to Monopoly Towers and just waste their money. Others will stop upgrading and go searching for streets to buy with their cash. But nobody will sell to them since cash isn’t very good when there’s nothing left to buy.

I’m figuring that the developers are going to do something gimmicky around late November to drum up more publicity before Christmas shopping. Like auction off Mr. Monopoly’s world-famous streets. So I think one good goal is to maximize the cash you have on hand at that time.

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12 MonopolyHQ October 13, 2009 at 9:44 am

I could not agree with you more MindObserver on the assessment. 3 billion is a bit nuts and we really need to factor in the cost of re-building a street… and I’m totally with you on the monopoly towers… people seem to forget we’re working on a clock and the game won’t go on forever.

13 TJ October 13, 2009 at 12:23 pm

You assume that all I care about is the ROI, or just money in general. I did say that that was my initial strategy, but we’re way beyond “initial” now.

When I have $400m to spend and I’m being hit with $300m+ chance cards, I’d rather take the chance of spending that $400m to get a guaranteed extra $20m in rent and another chuck ’0′ change added to my score, than have at least $12m added to my score and the bank take the rest.

Besides, my current strategy is to upgrade all of my streets to Sky High Towers and fill in the gaps with Spear End Summits, I was simply saying that that’s what I could do.

14 TJ October 21, 2009 at 11:57 am

Just a quick update, he did eventually offer me $3bn for the street and I’m going to take it. I wanted to lower the price a bit and take one of his streets but the game won’t let me add one, so I’ll hold off for a few hours and see if it works and then just take the $3bn if it doesn’t.

I held out, he kept offering me $1.5, $1.75, $2, $2.5, $2.75 and I negotiated every time for $3, so I guess standing your ground does work.

15 Martin October 13, 2009 at 8:54 am

Now that I have made it to the top (well, 200mil behind MTH) I’ve changed my strategy.

Maintaining streets for rent is pretty much impossible, even 20-BB streets are unsafe. I’m making more money as a real estate broker anyways by selling long streets, so I guess I’ll just sell off every street as soon as it got hazarded to death. Can’t get demo’d or hazarded if I don’t earn money from rent :D

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16 Martin October 13, 2009 at 9:33 am

No real point in going for rent – http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/7541/alerts.png

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17 MonopolyHQ October 13, 2009 at 9:47 am

wow, that’s crazy. i’m not quite at that stage yet, but I can see how towards the end of the game brokering and selling off streets will be key in jumping ahead without getting thrashed by hazards.

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18 KP October 13, 2009 at 11:04 am

I think I’ve quite an effective strategy. Right now I own 14 streets which vary from 5M+ to 15M. All are being upgraded now to Spear End Summit buildings. Together they earn 3 billion in rent each day, but I’ve to pay 800 million tax, so the revenue is about 2.2B a day.

The net revenue of street 8 to 14 is only 300 million a day. They are worth much more, but all revenue is lost due to tax.

My 14th street is undeveloped. It’s my attack/defence tool to protect myself. I build and then destroy the buildings. I invest all my rent in new buildings for my other streets every day. And I’m always looking for new streets, even though they make me almost nothing.

Now there’s an idea behind this. I changed strategy when I became second on my local leaderboard. I was really minding my own business, attacking no one. But I was growing fast, so the number one of my local leaderbord started attacking me. He demolished three bonus buildings.

Since he was worth 6 billion, with me only worth around 3 billion at that time. He was way ahead of everybody on the leaderbord. He really was no match for me. At least, that’s what I thought first. Because my streets where full, I had to buy a street to get bulldoze cards. This street became the turning point. For me, and for him.

Because I had little money left, I built green houses. When I ran out of money I sold a few buildings, and built them again. When you buy many, many houses, you will get many, many chance cards. The impact of being hit by a tax cards is minimal when you are building with only a few million. If it happens, I sell a few buildings and start again.

Within minutes I had my streets protected again. I knew I had to do something to prevent another attack. Attack is the best defence they say. So the hunter became the prey. I started a vicious attack. Because I got so many chance cards while building all these green houses, I destroyed all his streets the same day.

His strategy was different than mine. He had 7 streets with very expensive buildings. Not only did I sabotage all his streets with many hazards, I took down all Sky High Tower buildings. Making him loose 30M every time I hit him. Because there was no rent, with sabotaged streets, he had to sell his buildings to do something. He dropped like crazy. To end a long story: he’s broke now with only two, heavily sabotaged streets with no buildings left.

I really do feel bad for him. But when you start a vicious attack, you have to end it. To make sure all others would be intimidated. I think it worked. I haven’t been attacked since then.

Because I had so many chance cards, all my streets are heavily protected. With 18 to 27 bonus building each. The number is growing every day.

The reason why I have so many streets is to protect my daily income. Even when I’m under heavy fire, the still have to destroy 250 bonus buildings to put me out of business. With my strategy of one undeveloped street, I can retaliate immediately and I don’t need much money. This undeveloped street costs me more than 80 million a day in tax, with no income on it. But it’s worth the price.

My biggest enemy are tax chance cards now. So I’m bidding a lot on long, expensive streets. Just to temporarily store my money else where.

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19 MonopolyHQ October 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm

about the bidding strategy – don’t you eventually have to deal with the money and risk chance cards anyways? or are you actually winning those bids and getting something worthwhile?

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20 Martin October 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm

The key to hiding your money like that is the fact that you cannot get negative money from chance cards. Let’s assume you get a daily rent of $1b. The worst chance card you can get will take away $250m. If he hides $800m, he cannot get hit by a $250m chance card. Ideally he would get back $200m of those $800m when he is done spending the first $200m, and so on.

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21 MonopolyHQ October 21, 2009 at 2:47 pm

got it, makes total sense to me now. i end up taking my chances still each day, but i see how that can optimize things a whole lot and protect your cash

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22 TJ October 22, 2009 at 3:13 am

So after tonight’s rent collection I made it to number 10 on the National (US) leaderboard and so far in the last 7 hours or so I’m just being attacked (what seems like) constantly. Just in the last 40 minutes or so I’ve been attacked 6 times.

Being good at this game sucks, lol.

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23 TJ October 22, 2009 at 3:16 am

Oh, and I also have more than I know what to do with. Anyone need some (seriously, I’d rather give it out than lose it to chance cards)?

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24 Martin October 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm
25 TJ October 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm

I was going to but they go for more than I can justify (at the moment) spending. I might though.

How often do you put them up?

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26 Martin October 22, 2009 at 11:25 pm

All the time.

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