Games to give away to non-gamers - Budget = $15 per game. (And be the Geek Of the List!)
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I will be hosting another corporate team building facilitation session using boardgames as the primary tool for a company that specialises in interactive technology. When I do these sessions I always insist that the company invest in give aways for all their employees (or participants) for several reasons:

1. Playing boardgames should not be saved for something you do once every 6 months because The Boss is making you do it. It should be something you do every day!

2. It reminds the participants that, "Yeah - that was really enjoyable. I like these boardgames. I would like to do that again."

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(that I want this geeklist to answer):
What are good games that could be given away to participants of a corporate teambuilding session that emphasizes boardgames?

THE FINE PRINT:
1. My budget is ~ $15 (and I am in Canada...shipping can be troublesome sometimes)
2. I need 17 copies. So the game does not have to be abundantly available - but I do need to get 17 copies!
3. Most of the recipients of these games will be newbies.
4. Looking for games that play well with normal family sizes (2-5). EDIT: The game does not have to work for this entire range - it would be preferred if the 'sweet spot' was either 2, 3, 4, or 5 players. The goal here is to get people to take these games home and wow their spouses and kids with something new (so no Werewolves of Miller's Hollow!)
5. These games do not have to be played during an event - they will be given out at the end.

I read this much of the header - do I get anything?
YES! What the heck - Instead of 17 games, I will buy 18 copies of whatever game this geeklist points me towards. If you participate in a positive and constructive way either with advice for games to play during the facilitation session, comments, geeklist items, whatever - then you just might be picked as my 3rd ever Geek of the List and get a copy sent to you!

My first Two 'Geeks of the List' worked out so well, that I figured I would bring the concept back again! (So there I was, playing a board game, then suddenly I became the Marketing Director for a Board Game Convention! How did my hobby get so out of control?!
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1. Board Game: Spot it! [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:859]
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For my last corporate team building session, everyone went home with a copy of this game. It was (and still is) a huge hit. In fact, a guy came up to me several weeks ago to tell me that him and his wife play it every night to determine who will do the dishes. He told me that he has not done dishes in over a month!

I suggested that he might want to throw a game or two
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2. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:213]
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I am not sure about the availability of this one...17 is a stretch. As a part of corporate events you can actually play this game with everyone's business cards, provided they all have the same back. Simply put numbers on each, provide a reference sheet and away you go! Who can curry favor with the VP? Will it be the IT guy, or the Admin?!

It would be super sweet to send a neat game like this home!
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3. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Fantastic team building game as it forces people to learn how their co-workers communicate with them.

Now, did you give me that clue because I am supposed to discard it, or because I am supposed to play it?! There is a lot of conversation about communication style to be had after your first game of this one!

Would be a sure hit to take home!
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4. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:392]
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This game is permanently in 'my kit'. I don't leave home without it. This game delivers for all groups and fits all my criteria.

Is this a winner?!
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5. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:174]
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Hi There,

The Resistance:
Is inexpensive
Plays fast
Scales well
Is interactive
Is easy to learn
Rewards listening, deduction, and analysis
Is a lot of fun to play
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6. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:584]
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This is a simple, easy to learn, and fun game. It teaches people to work together and the game is less then 15$ on amazon. So it would be easy to get 18 of them.

I'm a social worker and I use this game with my kids and they love it. Even kids who are just horrible, will be good long enough to play this game because it is so good.

This is also one of the games I use to get non-gamers in to playing board games.
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7. Board Game: Reverse Charades [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2991] [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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Since the point is team building, why not go for a party game that is all about teamwork. While the base game is more than you want to spend, the game can easily be played with just the small box expansions that cover different categories. Funagain sells them for about $8 each on their website.

https://www.funagain.com/control/product?product_id=026471

https://www.funagain.com/control/product?product_id=026470

https://www.funagain.com/control/product?product_id=026472

You could get a few of each copy and let everyone at the party decide on which set they want.

Edit: And here's the dice Tower's take on it. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/22837/reverse-charades-ho...
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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One of the best gateway games out there. Very easy to learn and new players seem to really enjoy it. Prince might be the problem. I bought my localized copy for ~20 dollars, so actually not so big a difference.
One of the pros is that Carcassonne allows real game board to be built (most of before mentioned card games as good as they are don't do that - these ar just cards). So if you want to make people board gaming than you need to give them something that reminds board. Even if it is made during the game. Also there are tens of expansions, so those who like it may buy additional stuff without searching for a new game.
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9. Board Game: Farmageddon [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:3517]
Phil Christiansen
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Light hearted and humorous fun at a discount price. Haven't had a chance to try it yet but it might be worth looking into for you
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10. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
Jay Sachs
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If No Thanks qualifies (since it doesn't play 2), this also is worth considering. It's got a little more to it than NT, and the art is always a hit with the 8-12 year olds (hoping for the space station, groaning about the cardboard box, etc).
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11. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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This has been a hit at my house. This is a very accessible and fun game to play.

The price point is the same as Forbidden Island so this would be great too!
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12. Board Game: Xanadú [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3261]
David Minken
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This is a major exception (i.e. price), but will work just this one time. Why? Would you believe my parents are going to Colombia prior to this event and will pick up some copies directly from the designer?!

Xanadu - Available in Calgary, Canada (for a limited time)!!

Without having to pay for shipping, this game falls within my price point!

It teeters on the edge of being too serious for my anticipated group BUT if there are 1 or 2 people in there that are more familiar with these types of games I can always point them in this direction.

I only add this game now with the idea of having multiple different games to give away (comment below). I would not want to give away 17 copies of this game (not because it isn't awesome, but I am simply thinking of my target audience).
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13. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:672]
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I was surprised to find this one for ~$11! This would be a great game to send home, especially with people that have children 3-10 years old.

I just might get a phone call a week or two later with more suggestions with this game! My 2 sons loves this game!
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14. Board Game: Wits & Wagers Family [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1170]
David Minken
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According to BGG, the sweet spot here is 5. And the price point is < $20. I have not had any personal experience with this one. Thoughts? Testimonials?
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15. Board Game: Code Monkey [Average Rating:5.08 Unranked]
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Card games ok? You can get this from The Game Crafter for about $15. Plays 2-4, and has a working in IT theme.

(Disclaimer, I made the game so I'm a little biased. Also, nobody else has heard of it.)

https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/code-monkey
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16. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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A friend of mine teaches this game to people then leaves the copy with them. I agree that it's a great game, and a fantastic gift.
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17. Board Game: Rack-O [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:7238]
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This is one a non-gamer that I dated a few years ago enjoyed a lot.
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18. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1545] [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
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Just under $15 on Amazon.

This is popular at the more casual of the 2 game groups I go to (they mostly play classic cards like Hearts, Spades, or Bridge).

The non-uber-Scrabble people enjoy not having to worry about point totals.
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19. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:684]
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Possibly this game?

It only does 2-3 players, but it is small, and MSRP $15 so I'm sure you can get it for less somewhere with that big order.

This game can be long or short depending on how many points the players agree is the end goal, so it can be a couple hands of bluffing and managing your hand or a longer game. The component quality is great, I think the unfortunate name takes away from how classy it really is.
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20. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:852] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
Darren Bezzant
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I think this one would work for a lot of groups.
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21. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
Michael Tunison
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This is an easy recommendation as we've enjoyed it quite a bit and everyone we've played with likes it.
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22. Board Game: Skyline [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3374]
Michael Tunison
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Dice games are also very appealing -- this is one of my favorites, or perhaps good ol' Martian Dice.
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23. Board Game: The Great Dalmuti [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1149]
James Van
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this is a simple, easy to learn. Its one of my favorite games. everyone I know I teach them this game, and now everyone I know owns this game.

It can be played with up to 8 people and still be fun.
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24. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
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the basic game is really cheap and this is the game that got me in to gaming. the game is fun, silly and fast. it can me played with up to 7 and is easy to learn.

the theme is fun and the art is cool. this is one of my favorite games.
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25. Board Game: Reiner Knizia's Decathlon [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2945]
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This is a free Print and Play game. All you really need are some dice and print off the scoring sheets. You can make the copies as nice as you want by laminating the scoring sheets and including dry-erase markers or you can print a tablet of them.

The game plays similar Yahtzee only each event has different rules for scoring. Most of them include a push-your-luck element where you have to decide to reroll a die or keep it for score.

There is a "world record" list on the game's page, but you could create document for each set to encourage regular game play by having "house record" holders.
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