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Compared to 30 years ago, today’s board games are pieces of junk. Last year I bought three games I remember loving as a kid: Life, Kerplunk, and Trouble. I wanted my 8-year-old daughter to experience the fun I had playing them. But when I opened the boxes, I was disgusted with the shoddiness of the materials. The straws in Kerplunk were made of astonishingly flimsy plastic, making it difficult to push them though the holes. The pieces on the Life gameboard constantly fell off, forcing us to stop playing every so often to reattach components. And the cylindrical game pieces in Trouble ...

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