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Hi all,

I'm interested in games that have been around for a while thanks to them being enjoyable games at small price. Here some that I can think of but I'd love to hear about games that you're a fan of and that anybody can buy thanks to their low price. Also, if you can add a few comments about why you enjoy them so much the better.

Please post any games that nobody would have to pay more than:

- £/€10
- $12

This is for games purchased at your FLGS or on a web-store. Not discounted. I'm not interested in games that you got for a tenner because it was 50% off. Also, I consider only the base game. No expansions please

Here are a few examples of games I can think of.
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1. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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This one is a classic. It's been around for ages and at the time showed what you can do with just a deck of cards using both the front and the back. Highly interactive. Portable. Super fun.

Originally you would have paid €7.99 in Germany for this. Now you pay €9.99.
 
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2. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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This one has been around for over 20 years and is still popular among card players. You can get it for less than a tenner if you know where to look but if not less than that, you'll definitely find it for £/€10.

This one's got team play, some push your luck element, hand management and gambling (TICHU!). I don't think the appeal will ever wear thin although it mightn't be for everyone.
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3. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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So many cards for so little money! This is an excellent game that takes the well known deck-building mechanic from Dominion, squeezes it into a tiny little tuck-box, and thanks to its confrontational nature adds a good chunk of interaction. The theme mightn't be as family friendly as Bohnanza, but anybody who sticks with it is surely going to get a lot of game out of this small and inexpensive package.

You should have no problems finding this for £10

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4. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:213]
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The one that started the micro-games frenzy! There are loads of other versions of it but the original one is still King on the hill of micro-mania. It's so fast you want to play again (if you play by rounds rather than points), super interactive, take that (it's nothing personal) and a lot of fun in record time. Portability is, again, a big plus with this one.

Pay no more than £/€8 for this one! Anyone can afford it.
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5. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:340]
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Who doesn't like drafting? (I want all of the cards!! But I can keep only one... AND HAVE TO GIVE ALL THIS GOODNESS TO MY OPPONENT? *heart-attack*)

You can get this just about for a tenner. It comes in a neat tin box, has super nice artwork and is easy to teach to anybody. Instant fun and tension over three rounds that will players ask for more... just like real sushi.

You can buy this for £10
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6. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Innovative card game that introduces a new mechanic that has you struggle with not looking at the card you're just about to draw. Also co-op which some people like more than others.

Easy to find for under a tenner.
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7. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
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almost 15 years old now and still popular with all players form non-gamer to hardcore fanatic. There's an element of gambling, set collection and "I'll harm myself with this just so you can't get it (nothing personal)".

Easy to find for under a tenner, you can even buy it for £6 and on the official website it's available for €8.49.
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8. Board Game: Cockroach Poker [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1211]
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Man! This is fun. Who doesn't love bluffing, double bluffing, triple bluffing and outbluffing themselves! This game is a lot of fun. I love the artwork, how players think they know their friends really well and can exactly tell when they are lying... except they don't.

A lot of fun in a small box for under a tenner! Easy to find for £10
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9. Board Game: The Game [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:901]
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The worst name for any game in history of games. I struggled finding it for the geek list even! And if you google it... you actually have to know German. If you only played it once and are trying to remember its name you're screwed. But hey! Awesome co-op game based on the Qwixx mechanic.

Highly interactive as players are allowed to discuss and try to hold on to available slots to minimise damage. A lot of fun and super cheap (€7.99)
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10. Board Game: Qwixx [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:682]
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Mentioned in the previous entry so here it is: Qwixx.

Super simple, super easy, yet super tense! This is like a race and the mechanic is clever too. Super compact so one of the best choices to take with you on holidays. It doesn't feel like gambling as much as Qwinto (since you have the re-roll option) so it's a lot more chance, but the combinations are fun to work out and you still take risks all the time. This one also has you keep an eye on all opponents' score sheets...

Easy to find for less than £10 and if you want to try out its sibling game, you'll find it at the same price and it is also super fun:

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11. Board Game: Ghost Blitz [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:885] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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This is the first one released by Zoch but there are other versions for the same price. This is a reaction game that has you act as fast as lightning. The components are brilliant, the illustrations are fun and the game is easy to teach to anybody. Easy entry, always challenging!

You should be able to easily find it for 10.
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12. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1070]
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Excellent push your luck game with super nice components. This one has been around for a while too and is still played often. Recently there was a thread were users were even getting together to place a bulk order for custom dice! That's how loved this game is. Get it if you still can as it shouldn't be more than a tenner.

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13. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:802]
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Holy cow this game is awesome and it costs only €7.99!!! This is a proper board game in cards! It's a tough one and any casual gamer will have a little trouble getting their head around this which its unusual mechanic. Secret role selection, team play, betrayal, trade, navigation. It's all there! Beautiful game and amazing accomplishment. This is still available to purchase at the Adlung Spiele booth at Essen.

In case you didn't know, its older sibling Verräter was the one that introduced this hidden character selection mechanic which was then also adopted by Bruno Faidutti for Citadels. If you open up the instruction manual of Citedls under the "thank you" section, Marcel is thanked for this mechanic:



Meuterer gets the upper hand though as the concept is a lot more polished and the overall game play experience more interesting.
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14. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:854] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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Excellent hidden role game played in two teams! This game is super fun. Specially if you got a bigger group of people and are short on options! Once those dead-ends start showing nobody is able to not laugh! So much fun with an excellent concept! Easy to find for a tenner!
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15. Board Game: Rhino Hero [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:605] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
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Ok. This says that it is for kids... but really it's for adults. I played it on a ferry boat once! That was fun I tell ya! This is selling in the UK for £7.99. It's basically Jenga + Uno + a pinch of awesome powder! Really, one of my go-to games when somebody says "let's play something light and fun". You can't go wrong. Adorable artwork, adorable super hero, and who doesn't love stacking cards anyway?!

Any collection is incomplete without this one.
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16. Board Game: Wizard [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:673]
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If anybody asks me about a fun trick taking game, this is the one I mention. There is nothing more satisfying than predicting the trick you'll make each round and feeling that you are steering all your opponents into working towards that... until you bust! Then you just want to drag everybody down with you. It's a super subtle mix of co-op and take-that with a clever betting mechanic.

Oh right! The artwork... not sure what they were thinking but after a while you'll abstract from it, so not to worry...

Easy to find for less than £10!
 
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17. Board Game: Dicht dran [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:5284]
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I suggest you this one. It's cool and affordable under 10€.

"In Dicht dran, there are cards from 1-100. Each players has 8 cards. Each round there is a target card (e.g. 60) and a gap (e.g. 11-46). Everyone plays one card, face down, then cards are revealed. If you are the closest to the target card, you'll earn positive points. If you are not the closest, but your number fits in the gap, you get rid of negative points. If you can't do both, you have to draw new cards. The round ends as soon as one player has played his last card."

As you can understand portuguese maybe my review interest you!
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18. Board Game: R-Eco [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1412]
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I don't know if it still available in the market but you can't miss this one!!!

Very could mecanics. Four colours, four recycle factory. You play how many cards you want same color to recycle factory of that color, if you count 4 or more items of that color in the upper side of that factory you can pick the bonus card, if not pick up the cards in the lower side of that factory and add as many cards as items you have in the upper side plus one (never more than 4)from the reserve pile. Then you verify if you have more than 5 cards in hand and must discard until have only 5. The discarded cards will count as minus points in the end.
When one of the factory run out of bonus cards the game ends.

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19. Board Game: Gobbit [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:3723]
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If you like party games with lots of action (identical to Halli Galli our Speed Cup) don't miss this one. For me the best action party game until now!

You have a personal pile of cards with animals. In turn each player turn one card from her pile face up and then a conflict may happen. We observe the animal chain. In the same color, if visible in the table: the snake eats the chameleon, the chameleon eats the gob. The gorilla kills everyone!

You must be quick to tap the animal you could eat you tap your own animal to keep it safe from predadors in the table!

Really fun game if you go with this kind you craziness!
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20. Board Game: Leviathan [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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This is a 2-player micro that packs a punch in a small package. Cuurently available as a free PnP, and since it's such a small number of cards, the printing/assembly is not so bad.
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