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Getting the children on board (10 Dec 2004)
Board games are said to be making a comeback this Christmas as parents introduce their children to the joys of dice, contraptions and pretend money. But can they really compete with the high-tech world of PS2s, Gameboys and interactive robots?

It's the end of a long day or a grim week and the lazy gene is desperate to kick in as you slump on the sofa. At times like this, as the kids stampede into the room demanding entertainment, you'd rather the board games stayed in the box.

You know what problems lie ahead - you can never find that stupendously small elastic band for the Mousetrap, and if you ever get to construct the crazy contraption the cage never stops at the top of the pole and the cannon ball disappears under the sofa you should be sleeping on.
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