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Mark Halsey
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I bought Ticket to Ride one day at a store before I was even into games. I paid nearly $50 for it but have easily played more than 50 times. Now I'm playing for pennies on my investment.

I bought Catan for $30 and I've only been able to play maybe 10 times. So basically $3/per play but I love it and would play more if I could.

I got Small World used for $15. I've played it twice. $7.50 per play! Errgh.

In terms of your per play investment, what has held up the most? And what was that regret buy where you'll never recoup your losses or you gave up and sold it.
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Crokinole, hands down.

Spent $200 on a board and have easily 1000 plays on it.
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Go. I've spent a pretty penny on a good board, bowls and stones, but at over 300 logged plays they've more than earned their keep.
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Is it cheating if you got the game for $1 or $2 from a clearance or thrifting?
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Not cheating but maybe you could say, I bought it for $1 and played it once. Sure am glad I didn't pay $45 retail!

Or...I bought it for $1 and played it 200 times. Somebody owes me money!
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For me? Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization. Easily played it over 100 times. And it the original first edition(the more sought out edition)
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I typically hope for 1 play per $1 spent on a game which isn't always fair (e.g. game of Hive (5-10 mins) vs Railways of the World (1.5-3hrs)) but it works.

Our newest game Guildhall has already seen 38 plays this month covering its cost and then some.
 
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King of Tokyo - I played the hell out of this and I'm sure I'll play more in the future.

Oregon - My wife's favorite, even though I had to import my copy it was worth every dollars.


Finally, I have to include Descent 1st edition, even though I have not played as much as I want, but the sheer amount of time I spent painting, sorting, reading threads, testing variants and scenarios, make up for game played. It is probably the game I spent the most time with since 2008.
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Easily Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game & expansions. Even with sleeving all the cards, and resleeving all the skill & loyalty cards. I think we're well over 200 plays now.

We're doing quite well with Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) & expansions too. We've got 49 plays in the nearly 2 years we've had it. Cost per play is still at a few dollars, but with an average playing time of 6 hours, cost per hour played is pretty low.
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There's a guy who reports this for himself at the end of each year.

Best bang for the $: Illuminati
Worst bang for the $: Planet Steam? Archipelago? Tough call.
 
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Investment is not merely money. Nor is return merely # of playings nor
even hours played.

If it were, the easy answer would be the decks of standard playing
cards I've bought over my life. It MAY still be the answer (no boardgame
has gotten me laughing to tears the way some card games have, for example).
Go, when I was studying it, certainly qualified as a good purchase too.

But, some higher priced/lower total playtime games have provided great
pleasure/enjoyment of a different nature.

My 'ultimate bargain' of Talisman, a couple expansions, and all the
minis for 'em comes out well on the time vs. money comparison, but
the game was never anything but a time waster for me. Certainly,
I couldn't judge it as a great bargain, when I probably regret time
spent playing it (other than in making others happy). I'd much rather
have played something I didn't play so often.

I guess the 'best times' on games that I bought would go to Magic
(gods how many plays - but expensive), and SFB (again, many plays
with a high monetary investment). But, when I play anything so
much (and I loved these two), they lose something. In some ways,
the thrill of investigating is a better thing.
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I would say TransAmerica, though we haven't played it as much this year.

Our group began about 13 years ago, and once TransAmerica came out, it became a popular filler, getting played at least once every week.

A close second is probably Money!, which has been another popular filler game for us.

Least return on investment? I'd say Anno 1452, which I own the German edition of. I've owned it for at least a decade, and it's never been to the game table -- my own fault.
 
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Hmmm, not sure how much I spent on Magic and how many games I played back then, but I think it could be a good money/play ratio.

On board games I think it's Airlines Europe, which I got for 2€ and played several times.

Dominion is another good candidate but as I started logging plays at Essen this year, I can't really tell!
 
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For me it's Saboteur. We play it at the lunch break almost every day.
 
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Easy call for me, Hanabi. I've easily played it over 50 times, and had hundreds of hours of satisfying gaming out of it. If you find a local group that gets bitten by the Hanabi bug, you'll end up playing *tons* of it.
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Battleball still probably holds the title for me.
 
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A bunch of standard card decks over the years.
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Railways of the World. It is one of the most expensive games (the most if you add in expansions), but it is also the most consistently played game in my collection. Everyone likes it and it plays well from 2-6 players which is amazing.
 
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Physical boardgame: Race for the Galaxy - bought a used copy nearly a year ago for less than $25, easily over 200 plays so far, maybe even over 300.

Computer version of a boardgame: Goko Dominion - $45 for all expansions, played over 2000 times.
 
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I'd observe that you're only considering each particular game's status at this immediate moment. Is there a deadline? If you're going to gauge value by number of plays, then any game you own will theoretically improve in value over time; there's no difference whether or not fifty plays are logged within a year or five years. THAT'S the investment, even if not immediate.

And while I've certainly regretted purchases in the past, I've rarely felt like they were a waste or that I could never recoup losses. I look at it as experience spent toward learning what types of games I ultimately enjoy and/or what will be received well by my various gaming groups, and it helps to make more intelligent/informed purchasing decisions later.
 
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Easy in terms of boardgame ROI: Arkham Horror. 100+ plays.
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I've played between 1,500 and 2,000 games of Up Front bought 30 years ago. Even counting the fact that I'm on my third copy of the game (one worn out, one retired), I've spent no more than about $150 on it.
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If we discount online plays (as you're not really using the components you bought) then it's almost certainly Archipelago for me. Dozens of plays and we love it more than ever, and that's without a couple of dozen solo plays.

If you include online then it's Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization. Probably only 20-30 plays with my copy but another 15 or so with other sets, and something like 5-600 online...
 
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Got a pristine, full-sized Loopin' Louie for $2 at a thrift. Easily played more than 100 times. Same for Batik, which I got from a thrift for $2 and have played at least 100 times.

In a "current" game, nothing has beaten King of Tokyo. It's a game I can take anywhere, and anyone will play it. I don't have all plays recorded for it, but I think I spent $35 and have played it at least that many times.
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Ticket to Ride
Saint Petersburg
Lost Cities
Dominion
Alhambra
Portobello Market
Samarkand: Routes to Riches
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Hacienda
Ticket to Ride: The Card Game
Ta Yü
The Hanging Gardens

These are my wife's favorite games. She and I alternate choosing which game to play. She often picks games from the above list over and over again, while I am more likely to choose a different game almost every time. Therefore, we get more plays out of her favorites.



 
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