August 23, 2014

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Game is not for grandkids

By JUDY A. TOTTS
Editorial Staff

Right off the bat, I have to say that unless you want the grandkids to get an early education about the enhancement of certain personal body parts, The Baby Boomer Retirement Game isn’t for them. While not any more offensive than the commercials on prime time TV, there is material on some of the game cards you’d probably rather not explain to the younger set.

At any rate, it’s unlikely they’ll be interested in a game about retirement, no matter how much fun the grown-ups will have.
And there’s plenty of fun to be had.

The object of the game is to be the first player to complete a retirement portfolio. This is accomplished by collecting six tokens in three categories — assets, health and life experiences — to achieve inner peace.

Each player receives a game piece, and the “token manager (the youngest player) distributes a severance package portfolio of two asset tokens, two health tokens and two life experiences tokens. You also get a resuscitation card (in case you land on the Grim Reaper space) and a square of paper on which you write a will.

Players start on the Social Security space, roll the dice (oldest player first) and begin to collect the tokens that will take them to Memory Lane, Penny Lane, Passing Lane or Lovers Lane.

The game has elements reminiscent of Life, Parchesi and Monopoly, with a little Trivial Pursuit thrown in with questions like: “The hit record of 1984 was entitled, ‘Born in the USA.’ This song was sung and written by?” or “Who Broke Ty Cobb’s record of greatest number of hits in major league baseball in 1985?”

Landing on a Baby Boomer space requires players to draw a life situation card geared to one of the three portfolio categories to read aloud, with instructions like: “A corny idea … You invest in an ethanol plant. Lose one token.” (Asset) or “You finally get your big break … Too bad it was your leg. Go to the hospital and lose one token.” (Health)

A group of retiring Baby Boomers also had nostalgia in mind when they created the game with an eye toward marketing it as a retirement gift, not a bad move with more than 82 million Boomers headed for Easy Street within 20 years.

Produced in Ashland, Ohio, the game may be ordered online at www.BabyBoomerRetirementGame.com. The cost is $29.99, plus charges for shipping and handling.