Not literally break it but split the pieces up.
I have recently bought a few older board games, one of which is Cluedo (or Clue for some people).
Since purchasing I discovered the game was manufactured by two different companies - Waddingtons and Parker. My parents bought me the Waddingtons version in the late 1990's/early 2000's. The only real difference between the Waddingtons and Parker versions (of that time) are the playing pieces, cards and colours on the playing board.
Waddingtons playing pieces:
The Parker version from a year or so later has playing pieces like this:
although this particular picture has some additional players added by a special version of the game.
I purchased a 2nd/3rd/4th hand Parker version from ebay as I prefer the Parker playing pieces, but I don't want to simply swap the games as my parents bought me the Waddingtons version so it's sort of sentimental. At the moment, I have put the new pieces with my game and left everything else (the old pieces are in a bag, kept with the game).
Both companies have now been bought by Hasbro, who have released yet another iteration of the game, which I don't like the look of.
I am not a collector of board games but I've fond my recent spree has led me to have a good number that aren't sold any more (unless from ebay). But what I am struggling with is that I will eventually (and most probably) get a much older version of Cluedo from my parents (from the 1970's), which would be my third version if I kept the Parker game intact.
I enjoy board games and could start collecting them as a something to pass down to future generations. I certainly find versions of Monopoly and Cluedo which are 30+ years old fascinating to look at.
I am a little torn as I like to preserve things but at the same time, if I was going to start "collecting" Cluedo games then I currently have two out of about 20 versions, at least 5 are "normal" and not themed so it is a possible I could grab just the normal ones but then they would just be stored in a plastic box in the loft.
I know it's a bit of a long and nearly pointless thread but what would you do?