Objective of Monopoly Scrabble
The objective of Monopoly Scrabble is to acquire the most cash and properties by creating words.
Setup for Monopoly Scrabble
- Place the gameboard in the middle of the table.
- Each player takes a tile rack and seven random tiles. Return the rest of the tiles to the tile bag.
- Choose a player to be the Banker. The Banker can still play the game, but they are responsible for handling the bank’s money, properties, etc.
- Each player receives one M500 bill and five M100 bills.
- The Banker puts one M500 bill underneath the Free Parking space.
- Place the rest of the money and the Property Cards to the side of the board to form the Bank.
- Give the Bank a tile rack. Randomly draw seven tiles and add them to the rack. Players can purchase these tiles throughout the game.
- Separate the Chance and Community Chest cards. Shuffle each deck separately. Place both decks face down next to the board.
- Each player chooses a token. They will place their token on the GO space.
- All of the players randomly draw a tile from the tile bag. Whichever player draws the letter closest to “A” starts the game. Play passes to the left throughout the game.
Creating a Word
To begin each turn you will try to form a word with the tiles on your tile rack and the tiles already played to the center of the board. Most of the placement rules are similar to normal Scrabble.
To create a word you must use one or more of your letters. This can include tiles you purchase from the Bank (see below).
When creating words you can use any word printed in a dictionary. Players can use the same word multiple times in a game. The following words cannot be used:
- Proper nouns and names
- Foreign words
- Freestanding prefixes or suffixes
- Words that use hypens
- Words that use apostrophes
- Offensive words that are demeaning, discriminatory, obscene or vulgar
Playing the Word
The first player must place their word so it covers the center star square. Every other player has to play a word that connects to one of the words already played to the board. You can connect to another word horizontally or vertically. You cannot connect to other words diagonally. Once a letter tile has been played, it cannot be moved or replaced.
You can create a new word in a number of different ways:
- You can add tiles at a right angle to the current tiles in order to form a new word.
- You can add letters to the front or back of a word that was already played.
- Tiles can be placed parallel to another word. In this case all played letters must form words with the letters they were placed next to.
- You can play tiles that turn two different words into one word.
Blank tiles are unique because they can be used for any letter. When a black tile is played, it becomes the letter that is needed to complete the word that it is played as part of. The player who plays it must say what letter it will represent.
On a future turn a player can choose to replace a played blank tile with the corresponding letter tile from their own rack. They also can purchase the tile from the Bank (costs M100). You must replace it with the exact same letter. Add the blank tile to your tile rack and replace it with the corresponding tile. You can then use this blank tile on your current turn or a future turn as any letter. To take this action though, you must pay M500 to the Free Parking space.
Challenging a Word
If you don’t think the word that a player played is a valid word, you can challenge it. You must challenge it before the next player begins their turn.
Look up the word in a dictionary.
If it isn’t in the dictionary, the player must take back all of the letters they played. They will then lose their turn.
If the word is in the dictionary, the player that challenged loses their next turn.
Buying Letter Tile From the Bank
One unique rule in Monopoly Scrabble is that you can purchase additional tiles to use when forming words.
When you are trying to form a word you can look at the tiles currently on the Bank’s tile rack. These tiles are available for purchase. If you would like to purchase a tile from the Bank, you will pay M100 for each tile you buy. You will pay this money to the Free Parking space. When you purchase tiles, you must play them on the turn you purchase them. You cannot purchase a tile and then use it on a future turn.
After you have formed your word, the Banker first draws tiles from the tile bag to fill the Bank’s tile rack up to seven tiles. The current player then draws tiles to refill their own tile rack.
If you form a word using all seven tiles in your tile rack, you have completed a Bingo.
As a reward you can choose any Property Card that is not owned by another player. Choose whichever Property Card you want from the Bank and add it to your own set of properties.
If no Property Cards are left, the player collects M1000 from the Bank.
Scoring Your Word
After you play a word, you will score it. To determine the score of the word you played you will add up the numbers printed on each tile in the word(s) you created. This includes the tile(s) that were already on the board before you played your tiles. Blank tiles are worth zero points.
If you create multiple words on your turn, you will score each of the words. If multiple words use a premium space, you will count the bonus for each word that uses the space.
The first word placed in the game (placed on the center star space) is worth twice its normal amount.
After you have formed your word, you will draw tiles from the tile bag until you have seven tiles in your tile rack.
If you played any tiles to premium spaces, you will increase your score by the corresponding amount. If you get two bonuses on the same word, you will apply the bonus twice. The premium spaces only increase your score on the turn that a tile is first played to them. You do not get the bonus on subsequent turns when you add letters to the corresponding word.
Blanks played to a premium letter space score no points. If they are played to a premium word space though, the whole word still receives the bonus.
Should a word utilize both a premium letter and premium word space, total the value of the premium letter before determining the value of the entire word.
Moving Around the Board
Instead of rolling dice, you will use the words you form with your tiles in order to determine how many spaces you will move your token.
After you play a word you will count up the score of the word you created. You will move your token a number of spaces clockwise around the board equal to the score of the word you formed.
Look at the space your token landed on. You will take an action corresponding to the space your token is currently on. See the Monopoly Scrabble Spaces section below for more details.
Play then passes to the player on your left.
Acquiring Property Cards in Monopoly Scrabble
You can acquire Property Cards in Monopoly Scrabble in two different ways.
First whenever you play a word that covers up one of the property spaces, you will take the corresponding Property Card. If another player current owns the card, you will take it from them.
Otherwise you can acquire a Property Card from drawing a Chance/Community Chest card. When you draw one of these cards, you will take the corresponding Property Card.
Unlike normal Monopoly, you cannot purchase a property by landing on the corresponding space.
Monopoly Scrabble Spaces
When moving your token you will take an action based on what space that your token lands on. The action you will take when you land on each space is as follows:
When you land on a Chance space, you will take the top card from the Chance deck. Read what the card says and take the corresponding action.
Should you land on a Community Chest card, you will take the top Community Chest card. Read the card and take the corresponding action.
At all times there should be at least M500 on the Free Parking space. If not, the Banker should take M500 from the Bank and add it to the space.
Money is added to the Free Parking space whenever players buy tiles from the Bank, pay to replace a blank tile, and pay to get out of Jail.
When a player lands on Free Parking, they will take all of the money from the space and add it to their money. The Banker then adds a new M500 bill to the space.
Whenever a player passes the GO space, they will collect M2,000 from the Bank.
You can be sent to Jail either by landing on the Go to Jail space or by drawing a Chance/Community Chest card that forces you to go to Jail.
On your next turn you will pay M100 to the Free Parking space. You will then take your turn normally.
When you land on a property space, check to see if another player owns the property. If another player owns the property, you owe them rent equal to the amount printed on the space and Property Card.
If you own the property or no one owns it, you do nothing when you land on it.
You cannot purchase an unowned property by landing on it.
Bankruptcy in Monopoly Scrabble
It is uncommon to go bankrupt in Monopoly Scrabble. If you run out of money though and owe money, you will be forced to sell your Property Cards. You can sell properties to the Bank for half of the amount printed beneath value on the card.
If you have sold all of your Property Cards and still don’t have enough money to pay your debts, you are eliminated from the game.
End of Monopoly Scrabble
Monopoly Scrabble can end once all of the tiles have been drawn from the tile bag. The game will either end when a player plays the last tile from their tile rack, or none of the players are able to play anymore words.
Players will look at their tile racks to see how many tiles they have left. Each player owes the Bank M100 for each tile that they were unable to play. If a player was able to play all of their tiles though, the rest of the players pay their money to the player that played all of their tiles.
Each player then tallies up their wealth. They will add up all of their money and the value of any Property Cards that they own. The player with the highest wealth wins the game.
Monopoly Scrabble FAQ
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Monopoly Scrabble Components
- 5 Tile Racks
- 100 Letter Tiles
- Tile Storage Bag
- 9 Tokens
- 24 Community Chest Cards
- 24 Chance Cards
- 10 Property Cards
- 60 M100 Bills
- 60 M500 Bills
Year: 2023 | Publisher: Hasbro, Winning Moves Games
Genres: Economic, Family, Word
Ages: 8+ | Number of Players: 2-4 | Length of Game: 60 minutes
Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light-Moderate | Luck: Moderate
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