# In Monopoly Deal, can I put properties of the same color on the table, but not in a "set"

I want to get properties on the table, but not complete the set. I am trying to avoid having a complete set stolen. I realize by keeping same color cards separate, they could be taken in a forced deal or sly deal, but when it is my turn, I can arrange my properties how I want to collect rent or if I get three complete set, arrange them on my turn for the win. But by keeping the same color cards separate, at least I won't lose an entire set when the deal breaker is played.

• This concept of separation is neither explicit nor implicit in the rules. Once you have "put down properties into your own collection", they are there. Physically placing them close or far does nothing to change their color or number towards a complete set. Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 13:47

## 3 Answers

If you have enough to make a set, then you have a set.

From the compiled FAQ on BGG:

If you have more properties of one color than is needed to make a complete property set, you must form as many complete sets as possible, and group the remaining properties of that color together.

If the properties are all mono-color, they are automatically added to the set.

The key piece in the base rules is the rules on playing properties:

Lay Property cards down in front of you to build up your Property sets.

Each card shows how many properties there are to collect in that color-set.

With a bit of scrutinizing of this section, I think it's reasonable to conclude that colors and sets are synonymous. As a result, playing a property on the table makes it part of the set.

## What if you have more than the number of properties in the set?

This is one exception, where you can have a second set in the color. The ruling listed here is reasonable, but doesn't provide a source, so I can't tell how authoritative it is:

If you have more properties of one color than is needed to make a complete property set, you must form as many complete sets as possible, and group the remaining properties of that color together.

(Credit to L. Scott Johnson for finding this)

## What about wilds?

Wilds are the other exception. If you have a wild (either 2-color or any-color), it's up to you which color it counts as. The rules for this are the following:

You can only reorganize your property collection on your turn.

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You can swap [wilds] around amongst different sets on your turn.

So, if at least one of the properties in the prospective set is a wild, you can intentionally not have a set by putting the wild in a different color.

The separate placement of the cards does not affect the status of the card as a set, unless the double card is actually being used as part of a set, having a full set of cards in front of you is considered a set; the card should be placed the 'color you are using' side up:

You can use these to build Property sets. Choose a color, and play the card with that color faceup. You can flip the card to change the color of the Property any time on your turn!

In the (non-official) rules clarifications this is quite clear:

Keep in mind that Wild Property cards only count as 1 color at a time, so if you have a Baltic Avenue card and a half-brown dual-wild property card, you can treat the dual-wild property as its non-brown color so that you don’t have to group it with Baltic Avenue (which would be vulnerable to a Deal Breaker card). Of course, if you have non-wild properties of both colors that are on the dual-wild property card, you must group it with one of those properties, as it must be treated as exactly 1 of its colors at any given time