Take a trip to King’s Cross station

I was wondering, if you draw the "Take a trip to King's Cross Station" Chance card, do you move your piece forwards or backwards? The logical answer might be forewards because most Monopoly Chance cards say "advance". However, in the case of this card, it says "If you pass go"; you would always pass go when moving forwards from a Chance space to King's Cross, so what’s the use of the word "if"?

Note: This is London Edition monopoly; this space and card are the equivalent of Reading Railroad and the "Take a ride on the Reading" Chance card in standard edition.

  • Most of the cards that move you to a specific property have this text. The only exceptions are the Mayfair / Boardwalk card and the Go To Jail card, the latter of which explicitly states that you don't pass Go. – Powerlord May 15 at 5:00
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    I don't think this is a duplicate. One of the issues with this card is that it doesn't say "Advance", and there is the additional confusion of "if you pass go" – Zags May 17 at 19:52
  • @Zags I agree. The other question is about how to define "nearest", this one is about which direction you move. – GendoIkari May 17 at 21:41
  • It still is a duplicate as you still will always move in one direction in the game and they have the pass go on there as a reminder to collect it when you pass go. and both answers state movement is only forward just like in the duplicate one – Joe W May 18 at 2:44
  • @JoeW The linked question wasn't asking at all about which direction you moved; both of the 2 options the asker listed involved moving forward. It was a question of which station was considered the closest. This question is about which direction you move. – GendoIkari May 18 at 15:00

Movement in Monopoly is always forwards (in the direction of the arrow on the Go space) unless otherwise specified (such as the "Go back three spaces card"). The only exception in regular monopoly is going to jail, which is usually written as "go directly to jail" to signify the difference.

Some older editions of monopoly had a much clearer version of this card (noting that Reading Railroad is the equivalent of King's Cross):

Take a ride on the Reading. Advance token and if you pass Go, collect $200.

It is impossible to get to King's Cross/Reading Railroad from a Chance space without passing Go. It says "if you pass Go" because that's the way all the other Chance cards are worded. This card would be clearer if it said "when you pass go, collect $200" or "collect $200 for passing go".

  • "Movement in Monopoly is always forwards": I remember owning a Monopoly with a card which said "Go back to Old Kent Road." – Angew May 17 at 14:26
  • @Angew Good point. there is also one card in modern monopoly that specifies backwards movement. I've updated the answer – Zags May 17 at 19:41

Movement is forward in Monopoly, so you'll always pass Go (and collect 200). There is a Community Chest between Go and King's Cross Station, but this is a Chance card.

I think that it's printed this way to match the other 'Take a trip' cards, which all have this wording (except for the Mayfair card, when it's not possible to pass Go). Introducing a third variation like 'You pass Go, collect 200.' would increase the cognitive load.

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