SSSS - The Best Little Games
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Small, Short, Simple and Satisfying - these are the four characteristics of a game well worth paying $20 for, so that you have something you can play for an hour or less, with players who have never tried it before and may not even really be all that "into" games, and which nonetheless make for challenging and enjoyable game experiences with a meaningful outcome. An SSSS game is almost certain to be a good investment, because even if it isn't a supremely engaging game experience that you'll look forward to all week, at least it will be cheap to purchase, easy to teach, and quick to play through in between two other games. These are an incredibly valuable resource for any gamer; this is my own personal list, and reflects my own definition of "satisfying", but with a few tweaks you can treat this as your shopping list for those little "filler" games that every playgroup should have.
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If you can find it! OOP
 
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Another hard to find one
 
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Base game is pretty fun - expansion makes it even better.
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Don't let the kiddie theme fool ya - fun filler for a light hearted crowd
 
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Fun/light nostalgia for those who enjoyed collecting the stickers
 
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20. Board Game: Going, Going, GONE! [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2716]
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and all the related rethemes. Letters to Santa is cool for the holidays.
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