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You can already get beloved board games like Monopoly on your tablet that provide a somewhat similar experience to the original cardboard sets. But they’ll never fully replace those old versions, because they lack the tangible satisfaction of grabbing a pair of dice, going through your shaking ritual and tossing them across the table — oh wait, what’s that? Scosche just released a set of wireless dice that work with tablets and smartphones? (Throws Monopoly in the garbage.)
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