2014 Edition of Good Games Under $20
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I did a Google search for this and found quite a few of these types of geeklists. None were for anything recent or were abandoned long ago. This lead me to compile a new updated version for this year. This could also help out a lot with the holidays approaching quickly.

The rules are:

1. No Expansions
2. The average price cannot exceed $20.
3. The item(s) can be found at multiple FLGS/OLGS for under $20.

I know I'm missing a lot so add your favorites.
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1. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:613]
Constantine von Hoffman
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Boston
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AKA 6 Nimmt.
One of the all time greats in this category. $12 to $15 a better FLGS everywhere.
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2. Board Game: Age of War [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1553]
Mike DiLisio
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A really fun dice chucker by Reiner Knizia, which is actually a new re-theming of Risk Express. Small box. Small price. Big fun.
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3. Board Game: Ascension: Apprentice Edition [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:1758]
J M
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Scottdale
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Two player edition of the sprawling deck builder, featuring a mix of cards from the other boxes, and enough cards for two starter decks. Retail is under $10 and should be available anywhere for that or less.
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4. Board Game: BANG! The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:515]
Dave K
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Austin
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Distills pretty much everything good about the regular game into a quick-playing dice game that works great with 5-8. (It will play with 3 or 4 but it's definitely not as good.) I brought this to a company retreat and we got at least a dozen plays in.

MSRP is slightly below $20 and can be found online for $14-ish.
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5. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:203]
James Garcia
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Harlingen
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An awesome 2 player card game. Retail is just over $20 coming in at $22, but you can find this just about anywhere for under $20.
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6. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:320]
David B
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Just got this one for $14.99. Best 30 minute card filler I have played. Battle Line and Haggis are very very close, but Biblios wins by a hair.
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7. Board Game: Blink [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:4067]
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Blink is a fast-paced 2 player game that challenges players to unload their hands in real-time by matching them on color, shape, or count. You can teach the game as quickly as you can play it.
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8. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:413]
James Garcia
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One of my personal favorites. Great trading/social game and a Spiel des Jahres Recommendation for 1997. Retail comes in at just under $20, but like everything else on this list can be easily found for much cheaper.
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9. Board Game: The Builders: Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1515]
Bob Hansen
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Menomonee Falls
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Retails just shy of 20 bucks, cheaper online. Quick little filler with a surprising amount of depth. Some have drawn comparisons to aspects of Splendor in it, although I think that is a stretch, given the engine building in this one isn't as crucial. Light enough that my non-gaming wife will play it.
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10. Board Game: Cheaty Mages! [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2466]
James Garcia
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A game that many reviewers seem to like. Retails for $19.99, but could be found a few bucks cheaper.
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11. Board Game: Chronicle [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1491]
Christina Crouch
United Kingdom
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This is one of Senji Kanai's less spoken of games, and I think it is sold out at Publisher level, but there are certainly still copies around in the UK for about £7, and this has been really successful as a filler, and with my gaming muggle friends.
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12. Board Game: Chupacabra: Survive the Night [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:15306]
John Kaelin
United States
Shepherdsville
Kentucky
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This is a fun dice game that is a good choice for a filler between long games or for a people during elimination games. General premise is that each player starts out with the same amount of dice and, depending on the numbers of animals or chupacabras (s)he rolls they can eat other player's dice, getting more to roll with. When a player loses all their dice they are eliminated. The last remaining player wins. Games are quick and since it all depends on rolls, anyone can win!
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13. Board Game: Cities [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2583]
Oliver Scholes
United States
Stafford Springs
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The MSRP for this is $29.99, but it's readily available online for $15-17. Nice short little tile placement/pattern building game.
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14. Board Game: Cold War: CIA vs KGB [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1249]
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A great mix of Blackjack and Magic with a tense setting. In my top 3 2p games.
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15. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:512]
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16. Board Game: Council of Verona [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2323]
James Garcia
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Harlingen
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A great small game from Crash Games. Retails for $14.99.

Update: This game will be included in season 3 of Tabletop. If you want a copy and don't get one before season 3 starts this game might become difficult to find. You still have some time as season 3 doesn't start until next year.
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17. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:443]
James Garcia
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Another great card game with a low MSRP. Coup retails for around $15, but can be found at most OLGS for a few dollars less.

Update: This game will be included in season 3 of Tabletop. If you want a copy and don't get one before season 3 starts this game might become difficult to find. You still have some time as season 3 doesn't start until next year.
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18. Board Game: Diamonds [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:758]
Dave K
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Austin
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MSRP of $25 but at most FOLGs it's $17.50. A fun and easy to teach trick taking game. The first print run is gone and it's hard to find at the moment but there is supposed to be a new shipment coming in October. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get this out with relatives during the holidays.
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19. Board Game: Dragon Slayer [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:8523]
Barry Lewis
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Goose Creek
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$12.99 retail. Much cheaper online.
 
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20. Board Game: Elevenses [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3170]
Brian Boyle
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Sydney
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Great little card game with unique theme. Trash talking in falsetto for this one.
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21. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2839]
Miles Wentland
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Wellington
Colorado
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Simple light 2 player dexterity game with a goofy theme.
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22. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:850]
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This is technically an older game, but it was out of print for a long time, and a new 2014 Z-Man version has been released with new advanced cards. The basic drafting mechanism found here has been used in other, later games like 7 Wonders.

Edited to reflect correct chronology.
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23. Board Game: Famiglia [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1676]
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A cool 1-2 player card game by Friedeman Friese. He's also the designer of Friday, which may show up on this list later, and like that game, it's a small, clever quick game that packs quite a punch for what you pay.
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24. Board Game: Family Business [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:2775]
James Garcia
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Harlingen
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An oldie but goody. This is a great card game about taking out your opponents gangs. Retails for about $15.
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25. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:807]
Matt Sims
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Mankato
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MSRP: $25
Online: $16-$20

Fleet is an incredible engine building game. It definitely deserves more attention.
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