Bargain Knizia Games for New Gamers
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Reiner Knizia is extremely prolific. He has many good games that you can find for bargain prices on Tanga, eBay, at Barnes and Noble, etc. My still relatively small collection includes 6 Knizia games, not one of which I paid more than 15 dollars for. Every new gamer looking to build a quality collection on a budget should investigate the following games. Please feel free to add more, including brief comments on how you liked them, suitability for different numbers of players, and where you found them/for what price.
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1. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:575]
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2-5 player auction game.

We love this game. Was introduced to us by a couple we met here on the geek, and we quickly found ourselves a copy on eBay for about 10 bucks +s/h. This was our first auction game, and has proven to be a hit with non-gaming family and friends; I think this is because the "value" of the lots is relatively transparent, even for a first timer. Doesn't work well with 2.

8/10
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2. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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2-5 player cooperative game.

We got really into cooperative games a couple months back due to Pandemic and Arkham Horror. I found this on eBay for under 10 dollars shipped. This also seems to show up frequently at thrift stores/garage sales. This is really a fantastic coop game, even with only 2. Easily adjustable difficulty levels guarantee lots of replay, and the 3 expansions are also often on clearance @ Tanga, etc.

On our 3rd play, we finally managed to win on the "introductory" difficulty level; this game can be rough!

7.5/10
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3. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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Very light 2 player card game.

Probably the game I paid most for on this list, because I got it new and not on clearance at an FLGS. We were looking for a light 2 player game we could play on the plane; I would probably opt for Battle Line if I were to choose again, but Sarah was with me, and insisted she would like the "theme" to this one better. We got a good amount of play out of this one at first, but I think we're over it now. It will only be making occasional appearances in the future due to its portability. This or Battle Line are available for under 20 bucks at just about any online game store you can find.

6.5/10
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4. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
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2 player card game.

Don't actually own this one, and probably not an immediate priority to buy because I already own Lost Cities. This is said to be a bit deeper.
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5. Board Game: Great Wall of China [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:2252]
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2-5 player card game.

Picked up for just over 3 dollars at the Barnes and Noble post-holiday clearance sale. Haven't played this one yet. It has earned some glowing reviews, but most suggest that it's not great with only 2, so we're waiting for a larger group to try this one out.
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6. Board Game: Beowulf: The Movie Board Game [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2179]
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2-4 player tile placement game.

This re-implements an older Knizia design, Kingdoms. Also acquired at the Barnes and Noble post-holiday clearance sale, for 7 dollars and change. Played a couple of times 2 player. It was mostly enjoyable, but 2 overpowered tiles ruin the experience- receiving the Golden Statue and/or the Treachery tile can decide the game. I suspect this might be better with 3, but in the future, I will only play 2 player with a variant that either eliminates/modifies the offending tiles or restricts their use (perhaps only in Act II/making tiles not carry over between acts would fix it?).

6.5/10
 
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7. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
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3-5 Player auction game.

6 dollars and change at Barnes and Noble sale.

Components are cheap, but the price is right, and this little box is already my favorite of all of the entries on this list after just one play. Just fantastic with 4... this is borderline too deep/complicated to be considered a "gateway" game, but the theme is so fun and there are relatively few rules to introduce... but a lot of strategy to be figured out. As long as everyone starts at the same level, I wouldn't hesitate to play this one with family/non-gamer friends.

8.5/10
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8. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:679]
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I've passed on this one a couple of times-- any comments from someone who has played before? Sell me on this game.
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9. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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1-4 players.

I've played this light abstract many times using the computer program which periodically becomes available for free download. This is a good "gateway game" which does the Knizia score-only-for-your-worst-category thing to make sure you pay attention to playing a balanced game. This is available at Barnes and Noble sometimes, but was gone by the time I got to one. I like all the options which allow you to play from 2 to 4, and to play 4 players either free for all, or in partnerships (and also a solitaire puzzle). The rules for this could be explained in 5 minutes, tops, to even the extremely dense.

7/10
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10. Board Game: James Rizzi [Average Rating:5.76 Unranked]
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DIY

We have been having great fun exploring this apparently simple game. You'll have a very hard time finding the game in a shop cause the game probably was never published, but do what we do and play with an ordinary deck using cards 1-7. Probably the best value for money, quick, thrilling game I've got.
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11. Board Game: Hungry [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3089]
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Good area-influence card game that works especially well with 3.
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12. Board Game: Reiner Knizia's Decathlon [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2943]
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Free print and play light dice game. Can be played solitaire or with a large group. Better than Yahtzee.
 
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13. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1621]
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Also known as Korsar or Pirat, Loot is an entertaining card game about claiming pirate ship cards on the table. It presents the classic problem of, do I invest more cards in trying to win this ship or do I take the loss to prevent a greater loss? Good as a filler or family game.

The Gamewright version runs somewhere between $5-$10 online and stores such as Target.
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