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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26. Board Game: Forbidden Desert [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:311]
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If Forbidden Island is a little to light for you then you should definitely play Forbidden Desert. This game will eat you up and spit you out. Retails for $25, but can be found at most online stores for $18 or 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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27. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:657]
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Great co-op gateway game. Fun for the whole family, newbs and gamers alike. You can readily find this game for about $17-18.
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28. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:353]
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This really isn't on here yet (maybe I missed this)? Some might complain it's more of a puzzle than a board game, but there's a lot of strategy, replay, and difficulty (4 lvls included and a 5th online) in that $19.99 box.
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29. Board Game: Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:17547]
Mike DiLisio
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Another small, cheap, Knizia re-theme from Fantasy Flight. This game has no connection to GoT beyond the pictures on the cards, but for the price you can't go wrong.
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30. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2143]
Scott Preston
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I think this is as much fun as you can have ripping arms and legs off of lego dudes. It's been a hit with almost everybody I've played it with. Young and old, gamers and non-gamers.

It's a fun way to close out a game night and I also enjoy this one with my kids if we only have time to play something quick.

It looks like it's available on Amazon for about $17 (w/ FSSS).
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31. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1577] [Average Rating:6.36 Unranked]
Oliver Scholes
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Not a new game, but still readily available for about $17, maybe a little less if you look around. Fun game, though I've discovered it's not all that good for people who don't have great eyesight - my parents struggled to read the cards easily.
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32. Board Game: Go Nuts! [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:6566]
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Woof! Woof! Woof!

This is a game you can find for 5-7 dollars. A push your luck dice game. It also has mechanics for the other players when they aren't 'pushing their luck' like the current player. Check it out
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33. Board Game: The Great Heartland Hauling Co. [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1158]
Adam Kazimierczak
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Excellent pick up and deliver game in a small package. $20 at Amazon.
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34. Board Game: Guilds of Cadwallon [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3073]
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A great small area control game with tons of tactical decisions and a set collection element.
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35. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1102]
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Again, not a new game, but still readily available, maybe even for less than $10. I like this best with two, personally.
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36. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:803]
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A great climbing for card for 2-3 players. The game retails for around $10. I believe it is between printings right now, but even with a mark up you should still be able to find it for about $15.
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37. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:326]
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The 2013 Spiel des Jahres winner has a retail price of just $10.95, but you can usually find it for under $10.
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38. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:758]
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An awesome and surprisingly strategic family game. This game can be very cutthroat if you play with the right crown, or it could be a nice family game. Retails for roughly $13 but can be found usually for about $10.
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39. Board Game: Hive Pocket [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
Todd Gabriel
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An enjoyable abstract strategy game that comes in a nice pouch. Durable water proof tiles and no board make for a very portable game.
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40. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:304]
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A highly strategical card game guaranteed to make you think. The IELLO edition retails for at just under $20. The Asmadi edition can also be found for just under $20.
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41. Board Game: IOTA [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3259]
Constantine von Hoffman
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I just came across it this year. It's a great little (the box is smaller than a metal band-aid box)game which combines set identification with a nifty scoring mechanic. I think it cost me $12, although it might have been less.
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42. Board Game: Ivanhoe [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1927]
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A multiplayer dueling game with similarities to Condotierre and Magic. Probably have to look online to find it under $20 though.
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43. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:120]
Dave K
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A quick-playing and very interesting trading game for two. The mechanics of selling sets of different sizes plus the camel collecting combine very nicely to make this a surprisingly detailed game that rewards planning but has enough unpredictability to prevent AP and to make it teachable to people who aren't as in to gaming.

MSRP of $25, often online for $17 or so.
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44. Board Game: Linko! [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:787]
Todd Gabriel
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A very enjoyable card game with simple rules. Plays up to 5 however I tend to play at 2 players. MSRP is about $13 however most online retailers are around $9.
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45. Board Game: Little Devils [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:4221]
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My favorite trick taking game right now.

It is $12-13 on amazon shipped.
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46. Board Game: Lost Legacy: The Starship [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1484] [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked]
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You could also use this as an entry for Lost Legacy: Flying Garden. Really fun "spiritual sequel" to Love Letter. I actually prefer them to Love Letter, because of the addition of the investigation phase. Super cheap. Lots of bang for the buck.
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47. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:619]
Miles Wentland
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Tension...lots and lots of tension
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48. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:246]
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The poster child for good cheap games. The MSRP is $11.99 which by itself is awesome, but you can easily find this at many stores (including Amazon) for under $10.
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49. Board Game: Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:523] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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I know this is a pain to find and almost down right impossible, but when this finally comes back in stock it's retail is only $15. I bought mine at Target.

Also coming very soon is:
Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men which will also retail for the same.
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50. Board Game: Monopoly Deal Card Game [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:1976]
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Do not let the word Monopoly deter you from playing this game. This game is surprisingly good with a lot of player interaction. You can find it anywhere for probably single digit prices.
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