The image below is the aftermath of a secret tournament of Monopoly played here on PSE.
Akin to something that might come out of a subreddit like r/anarchychess, the board has been massively scrambled and edited due to the immeasurable amount of homebrew rules and mechanics.
The only thing more secret than the tournament itself was the prize for winning.
What is the tournament's prize?

No secrets here!

This story is fictional, there was no actual Monopoly tournament.
Some tags have been left out on purpose and will be added as information is discovered.
There's quite a bit here to unpack, good luck!
I'm also going to mention that partial answers are completely acceptable!
(It also helps give me an idea on where people are stuck so I can give better hints. Thanks!)

Hint the First:

It looks like it's a bit off... center.
And maybe other places as well...

Edit the First

The tag has been replaced with the tag to avoid some confusion and give a hint.

Edit the Second

The third yellow property has been changed to avoid ambiguity.

Edit the Third

The first yellow property has been changed. I should have double checked these ones before posting, sorry about all the changes.

Hint the Second

You might want a best friend...
Being stuck is quite taxing...

Hint the Third


  • $\begingroup$ I can trade the pink (have) for the identity of the guy in the chest (want) $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    May 21, 2022 at 21:41
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    $\begingroup$ @Amoz Sorry, not really a fair deal. I'll give you the high-res version, though. Hands you i.stack.imgur.com/qF09F.png $\endgroup$
    – WoomyRogue
    May 21, 2022 at 23:03
  • $\begingroup$ I guess my deal's off, op is handing it out free, hooray! $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    May 21, 2022 at 23:17
  • $\begingroup$ Great puzzle so far, I'm making decent progress I think. rot13(Vf gurer n snvag vzntr va gur Punapr qenj cvyr va gur zvqqyr bs gur obneq, fvzvyne gb gur snvag bhgyvarf va gur Punapr fcnprf? Vg frrzf yvxr gurer'f fbzrguvat gurer ohg V pna'g znxr vg bhg. V gevrq fbzr fvzcyr fghss yvxr vapernfvat gur pbagenfg ohg V jnfa'g ernyyl noyr gb znxr vg nal pyrnere. Be nz V whfg frrvat guvatf?) $\endgroup$
    – SQLnoob
    May 23, 2022 at 1:05
  • $\begingroup$ @SQLnoob rot13(Lrf, gurer vf n cvpgher gurer, ohg vg vf abg rffragvny gb svthevat vg bhg. Guvax bs vg nf nabgure uvag. Vs lbh'q yvxr n qnexre irefvba, urer vg vf: uggcf://v.fgnpx.vzthe.pbz/i1qT1.wct) $\endgroup$
    – WoomyRogue
    May 23, 2022 at 13:57

1 Answer 1


The full solution (many thanks to @WoomyRogue for the excellent puzzle and hints, and to commenters @samm82, @Amoz, @Stiv, @cap and anyone I missed for contributing to the solution with their brilliant insights):

The Center of the Board:

There's a bunch of text faintly in the blank areas in the center of the board. It appears to say:

Community Chest Draw Pile:

The space for the deck of Community Chest cards is surrounded by morse code. It decodes to ANSWER IS FOURTEEN LETTERS.

Chance Draw Pile:

The morse code around the Chance pile decodes to LOOK AT SETS OF PROPERTIES.

The Four Railroads:

The railroad property spaces are surrounded by railroad tracks, which led me to believe the letters in place of their property names formed a Rail Fence Cipher. Taking them in order around the board we have DSGTNASHLSARDLWTOMLECIOK which decodes to DNDCLASSWITHGLOOMSTALKER. The D&D Class with a Gloom Stalker subclass is the RANGER.

The Two Utilities:

The space normally named Electric Company says TEA CIRCLE COPY MEGAN which anagrams to ELECTRIC COMPANY AGE. The space for Waterworks says STRAW NETWORK which anagrams to WATERWORKS NT. The leftover letters spell AGENT.

The Community Chest Spaces:

The items in the chests around the board are: a capital Greek letter Delta, the flag of India, the singer Romeo Santos, and the character Echo from the video game Overwatch. These are all characters in the NATO phonetic alphabet: delta = D, India = I, Romeo = R, Echo = E. So this results in DIRE.

The Chance Spaces:

The three spaces contain faint outlines of a leaf, a crab, and a monkey, to the right of a question mark. The word that can fit in _leaf, _crab, and _monkey is SPIDER.

Luxury Tax:

Luxury tax has colored gems in this order: orange, yellow, green, blue, red, purple (pink?). The price has changed to PAY 1/2, and there is a faint number 1 in the upper left hand corner of the space. The gems on this space look like Marvel's Infinity Stones, with the largest blue stone representing SPACE.

Income Tax:

Income tax has a 2, and arrows pointing left and right with the text "BOTH WORK". There is a diamond shape in the center that is identical to two diamond shapes in the middle of the board. Those two diamonds are adjacent to the words "FAST" and "GAME", so we should take the second letter of either of those words which gives us the answer A.

The Brown Properties:

The prices of these properties have changed from 60 to 83 and 76. The atomic numbers 83 and 76 represent the elements Bismuth (Bi) and Osmium (Os) respectively. BIOS

The Light Blue Properties:

Conspicuously has two red hotels aligned vertically on Oriental Ave. Also two of the black line segments are missing from Connecticut Ave, and Oriental Ave has an extra black line segment at the bottom.

The black lines and red hotels form a Pigpen Cipher which, when read across the top and then across the bottom, spells out the word BENIGN.

The Pink Properties:

“Mirrored France” - the horizontal reflection of the flag of France is the signal flag for the letter T (TANGO). Looking at other signal flags, the bottom 2/3 of the flag of Russia represents the letter E (ECHO) and a “Blue Chessboard” represents the letter N (NOVEMBER). So for this set of properties the answer is TEN.

The Orange Properties:

The only thing unusual about these is their prices. 730, 915, and 700 look suspiciously like times on a clock. Also the signal flags in the prior property group made me think of flag semaphore, which uses red and yellow (i.e. orange?) colored flags held in different positions to convey letters of the alphabet. With arms in the position of 7:30, this signals the letter A. 9:15 signals the letter R, and 7:00 signals K. ARK

The Red Properties:

Once again the only thing unusual here is the prices. We have 626, 478, and 5283. I thought this looked like a phone number. 626-478-5283. If I look at a phone keypad and try to convert numbers to letters, I found that this phone number corresponds to the word MANIPULATE.

The Yellow Properties:

Sancerre is a region of France. Hyderabad is a city in India. Lessing-Straße appears to clue to Germany. F + I + G = FIG

The Green Properties:

There are a few things going on here. The names of the properties have been truncated; the prices have been changed to single digits, and there are faint images of a capital letter T, and downward pointing arrow, and a stylized ampersand.

Penn & = TELLER; North with a down arrow = SOUTH; Pacific T = ??. Taking the letter from the position indicated by the price gives THE.

The Dark Blue Properties:

The only thing changed here are the prices. We have 2111 and 1344. The prices are Tap Code representing the word FACT.

Putting it all together:

The number of green houses indicates which letter to take from the answer for that set of properties (and for the light blue properties, 1 red hotel = 5 green houses). For the non-colored property groups, we count how many of that property type appear on the board and take the letter in that position. Taking them in the order in which we first encounter them, starting from GO and moving clockwise around the board:

Brown (1) BIOS = B
Community Chest (3) DIRE = R
Income Tax (1) A
Railroads (4) RANGER = G
Light Blue (5) BENIGN = G
Chance (3) SPIDER = I
Pink (3) TEN = N
Utilities (2) AGENT = G
Orange (2) ARK = R
Red (3) MANIPULATE = N (probably should be I)
Yellow (3) FIG = G
Green (2) THE = H
Dark Blue (4) FACT = T
Luxury Tax (1) SPACE = S

So the prize for winning the tournament is BRAGGING RIGHTS!

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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Fyvtug punatr sebz gur cerivbhf pbzzrag: Ivrjvat gur obneq sebz gur cebcre fvqr vf gur jnl gb tb.) $\endgroup$
    – WoomyRogue
    May 23, 2022 at 17:03
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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Whfg gb nqq n pbhcyr enaqbz vqrnf V unq: Punapr: ? pbhyq pyhr fvatyr yrggre; YRNS/PENO/URNQ funer yrggre N va pbzzba, punapr pneq ybbxf fyvtugyl yvxr n fxrjrq nycun (be znlor abg) Lryybj: Pbhagel pbqrf NHG/VAQ/SEN nantenz gb NAGVSENHQ) $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    May 23, 2022 at 18:34
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    $\begingroup$ Pretty sure that rot13(Gur 'urnq' ba Punapr vf n zbaxrl. Guhf lbh unir FCVQRE cynag, FCVQRE peno naq FCVQRE zbaxrl...) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    May 23, 2022 at 22:50
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    $\begingroup$ rot13(Guvf vfa'g gbb vzcbegnag, ohg sbe Cnpvsvp Nirahr, gur G frrzf gb ercynpr gur jbeq nirahr, fb vs vg vf n 'ebnq', vg ybbxf yvxr na Vagrefrpgvba, juvpu jbhyq tvir R sbe yrggre 7.) $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    May 26, 2022 at 19:33
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    $\begingroup$ Whelp, sorry about the error with the Reds. Congrats! confetti So many comments and hints but that's not a bad thing! Thanks to all who helped! This was the biggest puzzle I've made by far (not that I've made much lol) and I'm happy to see it solved! $\endgroup$
    – WoomyRogue
    May 27, 2022 at 0:43

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