The Baby Boomer Retirement Game

Do baby boomers really want to play a '60s-themed board game about retirement?


In some ways, it's fun to ponder retirement: where you might live, hobbies you might take up when you're not tied to a job, and how you won't have to deal with a commute or a boss or coworkers. But if you're worried about the financials of retirement—as everyone without a pension is right now—the prospect of running out of money is a less pleasant contemplation.

In financial downturns, people often turn to pleasant distractions to ease their apprehension about real life. The Ashland, Ohio-based company SWL Retirement Inc., thinks one of these happy diversions should be a new board game about retirement: The Baby Boomer Retirement Game.

I haven't played the game, but according to the website, "The object of the game is to be the first player to complete his retirement portfolio by collecting 6 tokens in each of three categories—life experiences, health, and assets—as you strive to reach inner peace. The first player to reach inner peace wins."

If you've played the Baby Boomer Retirement Game and it's helped you reach inner peace, or at least allowed you to whittle away a few pleasurable hours amid 1960s nostalgia without thinking about your declining 401(k) balance, please tell me about it in the comments section below. Until then, I will be sticking to Monopoly and hoping Hasbro comes out with a bailout edition.