Decision Support Puzzles for Applied Mathematicians
December 2012 - Miniopoly
Winning at board games is often determined by identifying and controlling the most valuable locations on the board. The game board in Figure 1 represents a scaled down version of the popular board game Monopoly.
The board contains eight tiles. Four of these tiles are property tiles indicated by the four colors: Green, Yellow, Red, and Blue. When a player lands on a property tile, rent is paid to the property owner. The four corner tiles are instructional tiles. If a player lands on a corner tile, he or she immediately follows the instructions on that tile.
All players start on the START tile and advance clockwise around the board based on the outcome of the spinner. The spinner has the numbers one through four indicating how many spaces a player moves.
Question: Which property is the most valuable to own (that is, which property do players end their turn on most often)?
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15th, 2010. The winner, chosen randomly from correct answers, will receive an “O.R. The Science of Better” T-shirt.