Let's Play 'Eternal Debt' : Planet Money This popular game involves taking Latin American raw materials, turning them into industrial products and selling the finished goods in world markets, using IMF capital.
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Let's Play 'Eternal Debt'

Reality board games were a big hit this Christmas in Argentina, particularly Eternal Debt which challenges players to try and beat the IMF. The Financial Times reports:

Among the wave of reality board games to have hit the Argentine market in recent years, Eternal Debt has remained a niche favourite among those who still blame the IMF for leading the country into a nearly $100bn default eight years ago.

The game, by local manufacturer Ruibal, involves taking Latin American raw materials, turning them into industrial products and selling the finished goods in world markets, using IMF capital.

Also available is Bureaucracy, which exploits locals' disenchantment with the country's notoriously cumbersome civil service. Argentina ranked 118th out of 183 nations in the World Bank's latest Doing Business survey, which benchmarks obstacles to commerce.

The game, made by toymaker Habano, cheerfully invites players "to waste time and lose their patience" as they move across the board with a lengthening list of documents to procure and departments to visit in their quest to complete a simple piece of paperwork.